Summer is here! The days are longer and the temperature is getting warmer. But before you hit the beach or head off on holiday, there are a few essential steps for keeping your dog cool and healthy in the summer heat! 

Follow our simple five-step guide to beat the heat and make sure that your four-legged friend can enjoy the summer with you.

Beat the heat!

Most people and pets love to see the sun! It means barbecues, plenty of time outside and trips to the beach! What’s not to love about that?

As a pet owner, there are a few precautions you need to take to prevent your dog from getting too much sun and heat! The sun helps to increase your Vitamin D levels and often gives you a feel-good boost, but too much sun and heat can be dangerous for humans and dogs alike.

If your dog overheats or gets too much exposure to the sun, it can be detrimental to their health. Problems such as dehydration, sunburn, heatstroke and skin cancer can be caused by spending too much time playing and relaxing in the sun.

To keep your dog happy and healthy all summer long, scroll down to read our top 5 tips for keeping cool in the summer heat...

1. Stay hydrated

As soon as the summer months come around, it’s particularly important that you keep your dog hydrated. As your dog will lose fluids from sweating and playing in the sun, you’ll need to keep an eye on their water intake. Make sure that your dog’s water bowl is kept in a cool place and refilled regularly to keep it cool, fresh and full. 

When it’s time to go on a walk or an adventure away from home, take a portable water supply with you. There are many dog water bottles available, like these, so check out the selection at your local pet shop!

2. Take caution with car rides

With all those weekend plans and summer adventures lined up, you’re bound to be using the car at some point. Car rides can be safe in the hot weather, as long as you take care to keep the car ventilated with air conditioning and open windows, to keep your dog cool and allow them to breathe in fresh air! Make sure that you make stops for water, toilet breaks and exercise for your pup. 

When you park up somewhere or need to take a quick trip to the shops, it’s important that you don’t leave your dog alone inside the car. Even if the window is open and you’re parked in the shade, it can still be dangerous for your pup. The temperature inside a car can increase rapidly, so it’s best to have someone wait outside with your dog, or plan your trip to the shop at a more convenient time. 

3. Avoid the midday heat for walks

Just because it’s hot and humid outside doesn’t mean that your dog’s exercise routine needs to stop. As the warmer months approach, it’s a great idea to change your walking schedule so you avoid the hottest moments of the day. Usually, the midday and afternoon hours are the warmest periods during the summer months, so you can plan your walks at the start and end of the day.

If you wake up early enough, you could even catch a sunrise walk with your four-legged friend! If you’re not a morning person, an evening trip to the park after a perfect summer’s day can help you and your dog wind down before you hit the hay!


4. Go for a swim!

Water is key for keeping your dog hydrated in the summer, but it’s also great for cooling down their body! 

Take your fluffy friend to a safe place to go for a swim, in a small river or creek. Make sure that they don’t swim too far from your sight and keep a towel with you for drying off after. 

If you live in the city and don’t have access to a lake or river nearby, you can create a mini swimming pool set up at home! Paddling pools designed for kids or dogs can be perfect for letting your pup have a quick dip on your terrace or in the garden. It’s a good idea to avoid inflatable pools as your dog’s paws can puncture the pool! 

5. Cool off in the shade

To reduce their risk of getting sunstroke or sunburn, make sure that your dog isn’t spending too much time outside on hot days. 

It’s a good idea to find a cool space that is out of direct sunlight, to place your dog’s bed in, so they can rest without overheating. 

Put a limit on the amount of time they can spend playing in the sun and add in lots of indoor breaks for recharging and hydrating.


Don't sweat it!

It’s great to take caution as temperatures rise, but don’t forget to enjoy the summer with your favourite fluffy friend! Follow these helpful steps and don’t forget to have plenty of water on hand and take lots of breaks from the sun.

Do you have any other ideas that have helped to keep your pup cool all summer long? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

 

Summer is here! The days are longer and the temperature is getting warmer. But before you hit the beach or head off on holiday, there are a few essential steps for keeping your dog cool and healthy in the summer heat! 

Follow our simple five-step guide to beat the heat and make sure that your four-legged friend can enjoy the summer with you.

Beat the heat!

Most people and pets love to see the sun! It means barbecues, plenty of time outside and trips to the beach! What’s not to love about that?

As a pet owner, there are a few precautions you need to take to prevent your dog from getting too much sun and heat! The sun helps to increase your Vitamin D levels and often gives you a feel-good boost, but too much sun and heat can be dangerous for humans and dogs alike.

If your dog overheats or gets too much exposure to the sun, it can be detrimental to their health. Problems such as dehydration, sunburn, heatstroke and skin cancer can be caused by spending too much time playing and relaxing in the sun.

To keep your dog happy and healthy all summer long, scroll down to read our top 5 tips for keeping cool in the summer heat...

1. Stay hydrated

As soon as the summer months come around, it’s particularly important that you keep your dog hydrated. As your dog will lose fluids from sweating and playing in the sun, you’ll need to keep an eye on their water intake. Make sure that your dog’s water bowl is kept in a cool place and refilled regularly to keep it cool, fresh and full. 

When it’s time to go on a walk or an adventure away from home, take a portable water supply with you. There are many dog water bottles available, like these, so check out the selection at your local pet shop!

2. Take caution with car rides

With all those weekend plans and summer adventures lined up, you’re bound to be using the car at some point. Car rides can be safe in the hot weather, as long as you take care to keep the car ventilated with air conditioning and open windows, to keep your dog cool and allow them to breathe in fresh air! Make sure that you make stops for water, toilet breaks and exercise for your pup. 

When you park up somewhere or need to take a quick trip to the shops, it’s important that you don’t leave your dog alone inside the car. Even if the window is open and you’re parked in the shade, it can still be dangerous for your pup. The temperature inside a car can increase rapidly, so it’s best to have someone wait outside with your dog, or plan your trip to the shop at a more convenient time. 

3. Avoid the midday heat for walks

Just because it’s hot and humid outside doesn’t mean that your dog’s exercise routine needs to stop. As the warmer months approach, it’s a great idea to change your walking schedule so you avoid the hottest moments of the day. Usually, the midday and afternoon hours are the warmest periods during the summer months, so you can plan your walks at the start and end of the day.

If you wake up early enough, you could even catch a sunrise walk with your four-legged friend! If you’re not a morning person, an evening trip to the park after a perfect summer’s day can help you and your dog wind down before you hit the hay!


4. Go for a swim!

Water is key for keeping your dog hydrated in the summer, but it’s also great for cooling down their body! 

Take your fluffy friend to a safe place to go for a swim, in a small river or creek. Make sure that they don’t swim too far from your sight and keep a towel with you for drying off after. 

If you live in the city and don’t have access to a lake or river nearby, you can create a mini swimming pool set up at home! Paddling pools designed for kids or dogs can be perfect for letting your pup have a quick dip on your terrace or in the garden. It’s a good idea to avoid inflatable pools as your dog’s paws can puncture the pool! 

5. Cool off in the shade

To reduce their risk of getting sunstroke or sunburn, make sure that your dog isn’t spending too much time outside on hot days. 

It’s a good idea to find a cool space that is out of direct sunlight, to place your dog’s bed in, so they can rest without overheating. 

Put a limit on the amount of time they can spend playing in the sun and add in lots of indoor breaks for recharging and hydrating.


Don't sweat it!

It’s great to take caution as temperatures rise, but don’t forget to enjoy the summer with your favourite fluffy friend! Follow these helpful steps and don’t forget to have plenty of water on hand and take lots of breaks from the sun.

Do you have any other ideas that have helped to keep your pup cool all summer long? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content!

 

 

By Milly Osborne

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