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14 ways to keep your dog cool during heatwaves

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Is your dog hot and bothered during this UK heatwave?

A good indication is that if you’re hot and bothered, your dog is feeling it 10 times worse!

Fur, be gone!

And that’s why we wanted to address how you can keep your dog safe during this UK heatwave!

While you may think it’s common sense and simple enough to cater to your dog during extreme heat, but there are too many circumstances occurring everyday that indicate we need to talk about this topic more!

There may be tips and tricks that you hadn’t heard of or thought of that could really help keep your dog safe during a UK heatwave with ease! If humans are struggling, dogs are barely surviving.

It’s a serious matter that requires serious attention. It’s not just your pooch that is being affected by this heatwave, it’s everything! Check out this article by BBC to understand how serious the effects of this heatwave really are; What are the effects of a heatwave?

So be aware.

Stay alert.

Take all those extra precautions (even if you feel silly).

And get creative!!

Here are some basic tips to keep your dog cool and safe in extreme heat (keeping in mind that some dog breeds are less tolerant of the heat than others):

  • Provide adequate shade and ventilation for your fur babies at all times.
  • Provide constant access to cool water (and keep yourself hydrated too!).
  • Offer cooling treats. You can freeze beef or chicken broth or other tasty liquids in an ice-cube tray to make a frozen treat your dog will enjoy. One or two ice cubes can make a huge difference but always in moderation.
  • Try some fancy frozen yogurt treats! See the 2 videos below of the different types of easy and safe yogurt treats you can make at home!
  • Dogs cool down from the bottom up so make sure to spray the paws and stomach and not just the top of the dog.
  • A wet towel does more good placed on the bottom of your dog than laid on the top of their coat.
  • Make sure whatever method of cooling down you use to always wet down under the belly, between the legs, and under the tail.
  • Open your loft hatch (if you have one) to let hot air escape from the house.
  • Set up a small wading pool filled with cooling water or something similar for your dog to jump into and keep their paws and body cool as often as they need.
  • Please don’t leave pets in vehicles in the heat! See the powerful video; Just six minutes below to see how quickly dogs can die from being in hot cars (I’d even strongly suggest you share this blog or video with as many dog and pet owners as possible)!
  • Avoid exercising your fur babies in the heat of the day and aim for early morning and late evening walks or outside activities. Read this powerful article on how you can cause serious damage to your dogs paws if you walk them on hot pavement or cement:  Hot pavements and the damage it can do!
  • ALWAYS take cool water with you where you go! Whether for a walk, to the park or on a car ride., take water with you on the walk.
  • If you have no other choice and you have to walk on hot pavement use doggie boots to protect their pads!
  • Your pooch not a fan of booties? Try Mrs Mills Pawdicure balm to protect, condition and treat your dogs paws

Lots 0f great tips, advice and ideas to keep the fur babies healthy and safe during extreme heat, so no more excuses!

And because it’s always important to be prepared, here are signs that your dog is overheating. Make sure to look for signs of overheating before they become serious health risks:

  • Dark pink to red tongue lolling out of mouth
  • Dry, tacky mouth and mucus membranes
  • Lifting feet to avoid hot pavement
  • Lameness and stumbling
  • Slowing down and dragging on the leash
  • Vomiting

These are all signs that your dog is too hot, be sure to pay close attention.

If your fur babies temperature is 105 degrees or greater, it is in danger of heatstroke and needs immediate medical attention. Read our article on the dangers of doggy heat stroke and what do do if they show signs of it HERE!

If you have serious concerns for your dog always call your vet first and then begin cooling your dog down.

Avoid cooling your dog too quickly and be sure to stop cooling efforts when your dogs temperature reaches 103 degrees.

Cooling too much or too fast can create more complications.

You can use ice packs or bags of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Place them against your dog’s skin, inside the front and hind legs and along the neck. These are the areas where there major blood vessels are located. Cooling the blood as it passes under the ice packs will help cool the interior of the dog.

Play it safe and stay cool!

If you have any of your own tips or advice we’d love to hear from you!! Information shared is a potential life spared.

Paws of Love,

Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo

P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.

 

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