Aids to keep your pet cool during the warmer weather
During the warmer weather, keeping your pet cool is highly import. Some pets don’t realise the dangers of being a sun worshipper, and heat stroke can occur in minutes during high temperatures.
Here are some useful tips on keeping your pet cool on the warmer days:
Some pets may not like drinking from a bowl and prefer running water. Drinking Fountains are a great way to provide a running water source and keep them hydrated.
Cooling mats have a self-cooling technology inside in order to keep the mat cool for longer – we stock these in our Stony Stratford shop. Another option is wrapping ice packs in a blanket to place in in your pet’s bed. It is not recommended to use wet towels, as they will warm up quickly and can trap heat underneath.
A dip in a paddling pool is a very refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer’s day, and some dogs love that too. Consider your pet paddling pool carefully – ensure it is made from durable material that is less likely to puncture. It is a good idea to put the paddling pool in a shaded spot in the garden and fill with cool water (not icy or freezing). When filling the pool, make sure your pet can get in and out easily without the water being too deep.
Sprinklers and hoses
Keeping your dog’s coat damp can really help to lower their body temperature and help them stay cool. Take care not to use a hose that has been in direct sunlight and only use a hose or sprinkler after you have checked the water is cold.
Cooling Jackets and Bandanas
These are designed for long lasting cooling. Normally activated with water, when the moisture in the coat or bandana evaporates it will draw the heat and cool your pet down. There are a variety of designs available, so be sure to follow the specific product guidance as most after a few hours will heat up and need to be removed.
Dog sun protection
Dog sun cream may also be another consideration for your pet, especially if they have light or white pigment on their ears, nose or other body parts that will be at risk of burning. It is important to only use sunscreen that is specifically intended for dogs.
We all love an ice lolly on a hot summers day, some dogs also love them too. Take care and check the ingredients before offering your pet flavoured treats. You can also put ice cubes in water bowls to keep the water cool or even make homemade dog friendly lollies.