Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Keeping Dogs Cool in a Heatwave


So, it has been a long time since I published a post on this blog. I fell out of love with blogging and social media for a while, but after some time away I've discovered my mojo again... and the sunshine definitely helps! Speaking of which, the UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, so I thought I'd come back to blogging with a post about keeping your dogs cool in these temperatures. Heat stroke can be fatal in dogs, and it's important to know the signs and do everything you can to stop your dog from overheating.

General Tips:

Some of these may seem obvious, but they're worth mentioning!

  • Don't take your dog out during the hottest hours unless you absolutely have to (for the vet etc).
  • Walk them very early in the morning, or late at night; hot pavements can severely burn little paws! If the pavement is too hot for you to hold your hand against for 5 seconds, it's too hot for your dog.
  • This goes without saying, but do not leave your dog in the car. Not even for a few minutes. 
  • Shaving a dog's fur short can actually restrict air flow and make them feel worse in the heat; this isn't true for all breeds though, so make sure to do some research before you send them to the groomers for the chop!
  • Giving your dogs lots of icy cold water can upset their tummy; freezing food into cubes is better as they slowly crunch them, rather than gulping down freezing liquid. You could also give them an ice cube to play with. Obviously, fresh water should always be available to your dog.

Buy a Paddling Pool:

Archie and Winnie get a new paddling pool every year, just a cheap little kid's pool from Amazon. We fill it with cool water and pop it in a shady part of the garden, so they can dip in and out as they please throughout the day. Archie absolutely loves it, but Winnie only goes in when she's really warm and needs to cool off. I put in floating toys like tennis balls, and Archie loves to splash around trying to get them all. A pool is definitely a summer must-have for us.

Cooling Bandanas/Coats/Harnesses:

Another option is to buy a cooling coat, bandana or harness for your dog. We have an ice coat from Pets at Home, and a cooling bandana from Dog Snug. The general idea for most of these items is the same; you soak it in water, wring it out, and then the evaporation of the remaining water cools your dog as they wear it. It's worth noting however, that you need to make sure you keep soaking the item in water as soon as it dries out. If you leave it on once it's dried, the warm air gets trapped between your dog's body and the coat/bandana, making them feel even hotter.

Cool Mats:

We have a few cool mats dotted around, you can pick these up at B&M for as little as £4.99. Archie totally loves them and actively seeks one out when he's feeling too warm (as you can see from the photo!)  They definitely work, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has rested my feet on one after a long day in the heat! If your dog chews things up though, they may not be the best option as they're full of a special gel which would be harmful if ingested.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke: 

Lastly, I thought it'd be useful to share the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs, so you can keep an eye out and be vigilant for signs in your own pets. Here's a helpful infographic:

So there we have it! Some of my tips for keeping your dog cool in this hot weather. I hope you're all enjoying the summer safely and happily!
Chloé, Archie and Winnie



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