January 30, 2020

Keep Your Dogs Cool This Summer: How and Why?

As is true in the wintertime, if you are feeling cold, so is your dog, the opposite is true in summer: if you are feeling the heat so is the pooch. Here are some ways to keep your four-legged friend comfortable and cool this summer whether they will be at home with you or joining you on a tropical holiday.

How to Keep Your Dogs Cool This Summer

There are certain ways you can prepare your pooch for the summer that will help to keep them cool all season long. This way something has been done to prevent your dog from overheating before the problem arises because, like with most things, prevention is better than a cure.

Trim your dog’s coat

A summer haircut is the perfect way to keep dogs cool, especially long-haired dogs. Just be sure you don’t take too much off or your dog may become more susceptible to sunburn (dog-friendly sunscreen is necessary for light dogs on hot days spent outside). A quality groomer will be able to give your dog the summer cut they need to keep cool and still look great.

Get your dog bed summer ready

Remove any fluffy or woolly blankets in their bed from the winter and make sure there is enough for a soft surface without trapping heat. A cosy mat from dog bed distributors is enough to keep your dog cool and comfortable on hot summer nights. An elevated bed that allows for increased airflow is also a way to ensure your pup stays cool.

For particularly hot days you can freeze two two-litre bottles of water, wrap them in towels and place them in your dogs’ bed. You could even freeze some doggy snacks to help them cool down!

Access to Enough Water at All Times

During hot summers you need to be sure that your dog’s water bowl is full and easily accessible at all times.

A paddling pool in the shade for a rapid cool down is also a great and quick way to ensure your dogs are cool and comfortable throughout the summer months.

The Dangers of Canines Overheating: Heatstroke and Dehydration in Dogs

If you are afraid that the heat is too much for your canine friend be on the lookout for the signs of heatstroke and dehydration in your dog which include:

Heatstroke in Dogs

  • Vomiting (or dry heaving due to nausea)
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased appetite
  • Excessive panting
  • Hyperventilation
  • Confusion/Seizures

Dehydration in Dogs

  • Infrequent urination
  • Change in gums (colour and feel)
  • Fatigue

For more information on ways to keep your dogs cool and comfortable this summer contact us at Trident SaddleryPeruse our dog products to find what you need to make this summer holiday one to remember for you and your four-legged friend.