5 Tips to Keep A Dog Cool this summer

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Well, it seems that summer has finally arrived, bringing with it higher temperatures. As much as we humans enjoy the fun and the sun, it’s vitally crucial that you remember the effect that rising temperatures can have on your dog and his health.  Most dog breeds easily overheat, and the only way they can release this excess heat is through a small number of sweat glands in between their toes and by panting. Here we suggest keeping dogs cool and hydrated, so they can enjoy the summer days just as much as you can.

Is your dog too hot?

During the warm weather, it’s important to carefully watch your dog in case they show signs of overheating.

Some  signs that your dog is too hot include dry and pale gums, excessive panting, excessive drooling, staggering, vomiting, erratic pulse

If your dog shows any of these symptoms or they don’t seem like their usual selves, then consider cooling them down using one or more of these tips.  If no improvement, then its time to seek professional advice on overheating

Tips to keep a dog and prevent overheating

Cooling mat 

Investing in a cooling mat will provide a cool surface for your dog to lay on when they start to get hot.  I general cooling mats do not require electricity or need to be placed in a freezer for a long time beforehand.  They work by magic, well not quite, they have cooling crystals inside which start to react and cool down as soon as any pressure is applied.

These pads are very portable and can be taken anywhere with you.  In fact, why not get one for yourself and place it behind you on a chair? They’re really good.

Soak a towel in cold water 

  If you haven’t got a cooling mat, you could get some old towels and soak them in cold water.  Once wet, drape them around the floor


Provide a plentiful supply of fresh, cool drinking water. Use large containers and provide several in the shade in case one is split. Try adding some ice cubes to the water to make it cooler.

Refreshing Fun in the sun

Provide a child’s paddling pool filled with cold water. Dogs will love to wade into the water and splash around to keep cool. Cooling their feet freshens the sweat glands in their paws. Try splashing some water onto his chest too. Never use ice directly onto his body, as this may lower their body temperature too quickly, causing the blood flow to constrict. If you have small children at home, ensure that the paddling pool is fenced off safely, and never leave the dogs and children alone near the pool.

Dogs and exercise

Try to walk your dog in the coolness of the evening, or early morning, especially on very hot, sunny days, to help prevent dogs overheating.

Your dog will love a dip in the sea (if on a dog-friendly beach location) or a local river. This will not only cool your dog down but will help him to avoid the possibility of dehydration and the worry of painful paws resulting after a walk on very hot concrete pavements. Dogs aren’t always aware of their own limits and will keep on chasing a ball incessantly. If your pet begins to breath more rapidly, slow things down and allow time for him to cool off

Provide outside shelter

If your dog prefers to spend his time outside, provide some sort of shelter, such as an awning so that he has somewhere to lie down out of the rays of the sun.   A tree or large shrub in the garden can help to provide some shelter too. If you are going out for the day, consider leaving your dog at home if it’s too hot. We enjoy going to the beach and sitting out in the sun for most of the day; however, dogs do not. Excessive heat can leave a dog dehydrated. For this reason,  it’s best and more comfortable for your pet to leave him at home.it is important to keep him safe in the sun

To trim or not to trim your dog’s coat – Many pet owners naturally assume that trimming or shaving their dog’s fur during the heat of the summer will help to cool them down. In reality, this isn’t so, with the layers of your pet’s coat protecting them from sunburn and overheating. Trimming long hair to tidy up his coat is fine, but it won’t do anything to aid cooling purposes.

Always remember that it’s important to keep a close eye on your dog during these hot summer days. If you are in doubt, move him to a cooler area. If you notice any signs of heatstroke, contact your vet immediately.

Please note here at Finchley Dog Walker, we take pet safety very seriously and have an extreme weather policy to ensure everyone’s safety.

You may also like our article on helping your dog cope with the summer heat and what to wear when walking in the summer