How to keep your dog cool this summer
Summer brings some great opportunities to spend time outdoors with your pet in the sun, however it is important to remember to protect not only yourself from sunburn, heat stroke or exhaustion, but also your dog, too.
As the summer months quickly approach, it’s important to keep in mind your dog’s safety in the increasing heat, as they may not be able to tell when it’s time to get out of the sun and find some shade.
Here are our top tips to keeping your dog cool this summer:
Never leave your dog in a parked car
Even if left with a window open, a car retains far more heat than an open area, even if parked in the shade. In just 30 minutes, car temperatures can increase to 50 degrees Celsius on a hot summer’s day, which can prove fatal to a dog left unattended – every summer many dogs become sick or even die of heat stroke because they were left unattended in a vehicle.
If you absolutely need to leave your car when your dog is with you, take them out of the car and find them a place in some shade, or better yet have someone accompany you to stay in the car with your dog and keep the air conditioning running.
When driving on longer trips, keep the AC on and make sure you provide your dog with plenty of water throughout.
A dog’s paws are very sensitive, and can easily burn if in contact with a hot pavement for too long. Likewise, excessive exercise in the heat can quickly lead to dehydration, so try to limit how much you exercise your dog appropriately to the weather.
Walk your dog early in the morning or later at night when the ground and air is cooler; if you can’t avoid the pavement, consider investing in some doggie boots to protect the pads of his feet from the surface heat.
Keep your dog hydrated
Animals are extremely sensitive to changes in heat, and with rising temperatures, humidity, and long, sunny days, they can quickly succumb to overheating or dehydration.
The best way to keep your dog hydrated is to ensure they have constant access to water. An overheated dog may be panting excessively, be lethargic and their skin may even look pale – if you suspect your pet is dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke, move them into the shade immediately and cool them with damp towels and provide cool water to drink.
Provide plenty of shade
When your pet is outside in the summer, ensure they have a cool shady place with access to water to retreat to when too hot.
If your outdoor space lacks natural shade, you can provide a sun-shade or create a canopy out of a tarpaulin, which will still provide ample air-flow for your dog and enough shade to protect them from heat exhaustion or sunburn.
Cool your dog down – inside and out!
On a hot day your dog may enjoy a simple ice cube to crunch on, or you can also try your hand at freezing some homemade dog treats to help cool them off.
Providing your dog with a small paddling pool or sprinkler in the shade is a perfect way of letting them have some fun outdoors, whilst also allowing them a lounge in the water when hot. Alternatively, you can lay out a damp towel for your dog to lay on, or let them dig out a spot in a shady place you don’t mind getting muddy!
Here at Jaycliffe Kennels & Cattery, our experts are dedicated to ensuring that your pets are provided with the care and safety they need. Our kennel facilities offer clean and comfortable care for dogs with their well-being at the top of our priorities, meaning you can rest assured that your pets will be safe and well looked after while you’re away.
Contact us today to find out more about any of the services we provide throughout Rotherham, Sheffield and the surrounding areas.