Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

December 15, 2015 - 2 min read

Wherever you are in Australia, the summer months are an absolute killer—especially for our four-legged friends. Check out our top tips for keeping your dog cool on those bit-too-hot days.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in Warmer Temps

#1 Limit Exercise on Hot Days

Take your pooch on your daily walk, or run, in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day. It will be easier for your pet to breathe and the bitumen or pavement will be cooler on their paw pads. You should also take note of how your dog is behaving. For example, if you notice your dog lying on a tiled kitchen floor in the heat of the day it may be overheated and looking for relief on a cool surface.

small dauschound puppy on stairs
Dachshund (stock image)

#2 Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

Did you know that cars heat up to dangerous levels even on cool days? Never leave your dog in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Many people still believe it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day, if the windows are open or they park in the shade. However, within the hour a car can become as hot as an oven reaching 45+ degree temperatures. If you see a dog that has been left in a car, you should report the situation to the police.

#3 Take Your Dog For a Swim

It’s the best time of year to take advantage of your swimming pool, so instead of walking your dog, why not go for a swim? Don’t have a pool? A kiddie’s inflatable pool is a cost-effective way to solve the problem! Or, set up the sprinklers while your dog has fun chasing a ball around in the backyard.

beagle running along beach water

#4 Watch For Signs of Dehydration

Did you know that dogs with darker coats absorb more heat than dogs with lighter coats? Different breeds have different needs when it comes to heat. However, you always need to make sure there is fresh, clean water available at all times. If you’re out on a walk, always carry a water bottle. Dogs also dissipate heat by panting — they pant more quickly trying to maintain a safe internal temperature, so this could be a warning sign that your dog is overheated.

#5 Provide Lots of Shade & Water

If you do find yourself out with your furry friend in midday heat, always make sure there’s plenty of shade and water available at all times. If your dog is at home, a dog house does not provide shade as it absorbs heat and can therefore become a dangerous hot box.

beagle puppy dog

If your dog is showing any signs of dehydration, head to your nearest vet ASAP.

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