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Hot Weather, Cool Dogs: Tips for Keeping Your Canine Safe and Happy in Summer

by Bella Woof

Hot Weather, Cool Dogs: Tips for Keeping Your Canine Safe and Happy in Summer

Summer is finally here, and while it’s a great time to enjoy outdoor activities with your furry friend, it’s important to remember that dogs can easily overheat and suffer from heat-related illnesses. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your dog cool, safe, and happy during hot weather.

1. Provide Plenty of Water

The first and most important rule of hot weather is hydration, and this goes for your dog too. Always make sure your pooch has access to plenty of fresh water. You can add a few ice cubes to the bowl to keep the water cool and refreshing. It’s also a good idea to carry a water bottle and collapsible bowl with you when you’re out and about with your dog.

2. Avoid the Hottest Parts of the Day

The midday sun can be harsh and unforgiving. Avoid taking your dog out for walks or runs during the hottest parts of the day, which are typically between 11 am and 4 pm. Instead, schedule your outdoor adventures for the early morning or late afternoon/evening when the temperature is cooler. If you must be outside during peak heat times, try to stay in the shade and keep your activity level low.

3. Protect Your Dog’s Skin

Dogs can get sunburned too, especially those with light-colored fur and exposed skin. To prevent sunburn, apply a pet-safe sunblock to areas that aren’t covered by fur such as the nose, tips of the ears, and belly. You can also invest in a lightweight cover-up shirt or vest to provide extra protection. And don’t forget to check your dog’s paws for burns, as hot pavement can quickly become scorching.

4. Keep Your Home Cool

Indoors can be just as hot as outdoors, so make sure your home is cool and comfortable for your dog. Keep the air conditioning running or use fans to circulate air. If your dog is outside during the day, make sure they have access to shaded areas or bring them inside for a break. You can also freeze a few dog-friendly treats to provide a refreshing snack on hot days.

5. Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – never leave your dog in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a parked car can rise to deadly levels within minutes, even if the windows are cracked. If you have errands to run, leave your dog at home where it’s cool and safe.

6. Watch for Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Dogs can quickly become overheated, so it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If your dog shows any of these signs, immediately move them to a cool area, give them water, and place a cool, wet towel over their body. Contact your veterinarian for further guidance and treatment if needed.

7. Invest in a Cooling Mat or Vest

For extra relief during hot weather, consider investing in a cooling mat or vest for your dog. These products use innovative cooling technology to keep your furry friend comfortable and prevent overheating. Cooling mats can be used inside or outside, while a vest is best for outdoor activities.

8. Take a Dip in the Pool

Swimming can be a great way to cool off during hot weather, and many dogs love the water too. If you have a pool or live near a dog-friendly beach or lake, take your dog for a swim. Just make sure to supervise your dog at all times, and never leave them unattended near water.


Q: Can I give my dog ice cubes to cool down?

A: Yes, ice cubes are a great way to cool down your dog and keep them hydrated. However, it’s important not to give them too many at once, as this can cause gastrointestinal issues.

Q: My dog hates water. How can I keep them cool?

A: If your dog is not a fan of water, you can try using a cooling mat or vest, providing plenty of shade, and keeping them well hydrated. You can also freeze some wet dog food into a popsicle to provide a cooling, refreshing snack.

Q: Is it safe to shave my dog’s fur during hot weather?

A: Shaving your dog’s fur may seem like a good way to help them stay cool, but it can actually have the opposite effect. A dog’s coat helps regulate their body temperature, and shaving it off can make them more susceptible to sunburn and overheating. Instead, stick to regular brushing and grooming, and keep them well hydrated.

In conclusion, keeping your dog safe and happy during hot weather is all about prevention and preparation. Always provide plenty of water, avoid the hottest parts of the day, protect their skin, keep your home cool, never leave them in a hot car, watch for signs of heat exhaustion, invest in cooling products, and have fun in the sun safely. By following these tips and tricks, you and your furry friend can enjoy the sunny season without any worries.

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