News / May 13, 2024

How To Help Your Dog In Hot Weather

Lots of water!

Dogs can gain serious health issues from dehydration so make sure to always have plenty of water readily available for your dog.

Dog drinking water

Choose the right time to walk them

Usually the hottest time of the day is midday, so preferably walk your dog in the early morning or evening when temperatures are usually cooler. 

Let your dog rest

It is more important than ever to let your dog have some downtime in the hotter months. This is to keep them cool and not overworked.

Cool, damp towels

Using a cool and damp towel on your dog’s coat is an effective way of bringing their body temperature back down to a normal level.

Dog in water

Be careful of hot cars!

Never leave your dog in the car, even for a moment. Cars can become extremely hot in a short amount of time so it is not worth the risk.

Use a fan or mist

Place a fan next to your dog’s usual lounging spot to make sure they stay cool even when they are inside. Or utilise the garden hose or mister to spray cooling mist in your dog’s direction.

Dog in hot weather

Look for signs of heatstroke

Some common signs of heatstroke in dogs are; collapsing, lethargy, excessive panting, vomiting or diarrhoea, purple gums or redness of the skin. 

If you see these signs, it is recommended to move your dog to a shaded area and keep them still. Dampen their coat with water and ensure you offer them plenty of water, and contact your vet immediately.

More from us

For more info, watch our TikTok video featuring our senior trainer Kyran giving you more advice to help your dog out this summer. Watch here.

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