Keep your dog cool and healthy this Summer with these dog cooling tips on how to cool down your dog. We all know how uncomfortable it can be when we're too hot in the summer months and our dogs feel very much the same. Whilst your dog can't tell you if they're feeling uncomfortable, there are some signs that you can look out for to check if your dog is too hot and lots that you can do to cool them down.
With cooling dog products and tips and advice, learn to how to keep your dog cool in the heat. Dogs don't sweat in the same way that humans do. In fact, they only sweat through their paws.
Instead, dogs mainly rely on panting to cool themselves. Panting works by the dog breathing in cooler air into the lungs and exhaling hot, moist air through the mouth expelling excess body heat.
When it is Summer, there is less cool air for dogs to inhale and therefore they are more at risk of overheating.
How Can I Tell if my Dog is Too Hot?
Canine cooling is not as effective as human sweating which means that can be susceptible to heat stress or heatstroke.
Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs like pugs and bulldogs are more at risk as they are not able to cool themselves as efficiently as other breeds because of inefficient breathing.
Overweight dogs, dark-haired dogs and dogs that have had heat stroke before are also at higher risk for heat stroke.
Know the signs to look out for:
- Heavy, frantic panting
- Body temperature over 41° Celsius (feels warm to the touch)
- Excessive drooling
- Bright red gums
- Fast or irregular heart rate
- Muscle tremors
- Lack of coordination (ataxia)
It is also important to make yourself aware of the signs of dehydration in dogs.
What Cools Dogs Down?
We can help our dogs to regulate their body temperature with their environment.
If your dog’s water bowl is dirty, they will not eat or drink out of it. You should clean your dog’s bowls daily to prevent bacteria build-up and encourage them to keep hydrated. You should also check your dog’s bowls to see if they are eating and drinking throughout the day.
Keep Your Dog Well Groomed
Brushing your dog’s fur regularly will help to remove dead hair and dirt from their coat, making them feel lighter and cooler. It is also worth wiping their coat down after they have been outside to remove pollen, particularly for dogs who suffer from allergies. However, you shouldn’t shave your dog’s coat too short because it provides a lot of protection against the sun’s UV Rays to avoid sunburn as well as helping to regulate their body temperature.
Dog Cooling Vests
Dog cooling jackets are easy to put on and are available in different sizes to suit all breeds of dogs.
Available in different patterns, they each have a lightweight and breathable fabric to reduce body temperature, prevent dehydration and prevent heatstroke.
1. Soak the dog cooling vests in water
2. Gently squeeze out excess water
3. Gently spin the vest to trap cool air.
4. Put the vest on your dog. As the moisture evaporates and the vest dries, simply repeat the steps.
Dog Cooling Bandanas
Dog cooling bandanas are a great, easy to way to keep your dog cool on walks or lazing in the garden.
Activated by water, dog cooling bandanas are a useful tool in how to keep a dog cool in Summer.
Dog Cooling Mats
Dog cooling mats are ideal to place in beds, crates, cars or in the garden.
They are ideal for pets with allergies & skin conditions.
How do Dog Cooling Mats Work?
Activated by weight, the dog cooling pads are gel based and so require no water or electricity.
They work by absorbing your pet's heat and so work for several hours before your pet should step off the mat (break body contact) to help it recharge.
Are Dog Cooling Mats Safe?
Our dog cooling pads are gel based and so require no water or electricity. Whilst they can be ideal the product does not prevent overheating in the car. Never leave your dog in the car for too long.
Cats and dogs with sharp or long claws as well as heavy dogs can cause holes. A towel or similar reduces the danger of holes but also reduces the cooling effect. Please check the product regularly for damages and exchange it if necessary.
Do not use in the sun. Do not use or store at temperatures over 45 °C. The gel contained might get too hot and turn liquid, and as a result diminish the cooling effect.
How To Wash Dog Cooling Mats
Keeping your dog cooling mat clean will help your dog to feel fresher and cooler.
- Wipe the mat with a clean cloth
- Do not put in the washing machine.
Create a 'cooling corner' for your dog outside
With temperatures set to soar across the UK, experts are urging pet owners to create cooling corners for dogs outside. We suggest picking up a sunshade, treating your dog to a cooling mat and always ensuring there is fresh water for them to drink. Don't forget to apply suncream to your pup if they are playing outside. We have carefully curated a list of summer essentials and accessories for dogs to keep them cool in hot climates: