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How to Keep a Pet Dog Cool on a Hot Summer Day


Linda Crampton is a biology teacher, writer, and long-time pet owner. She currently has dogs, cats, and birds in her family.

Importance of Avoiding Overheating in Dogs

Keeping a dog cool when the temperature soars is very important in order to prevent some unpleasant and even dangerous conditions. On hot days, dogs may not be able to pant fast enough to cool themselves down. Dogs don’t have sweat glands, except in small areas such as on the pads of their paws. They cool down mainly by panting, which releases evaporated water from their lungs and mouth, and by radiating heat from dilated blood vessels in their ears. If dogs overheat on a hot summer day, they are at risk for developing dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke, which can be deadly.

Misha is my black Labrador Retriever. I’m very concerned about stopping him from overheating since his coat is dark and absorbs heat easily. Even dogs with coats that are light in colour can develop problems on hot days, however. I use a number of methods for keeping Misha cool when the temperature rises. These techniques should be helpful for other dogs.

Early Morning Walk and Exercise

When the weather forecast is predicting a string of very hot days, I take Misha for a walk early in the morning at around 6 or 6:30 a.m. I find that if I leave the walk to 7 a.m. the day is already too hot. Getting up so early may sound onerous for some people, but I generally have to do it for only a short period of time. Misha and I walk on trails that are still in the shade of trees as much as possible. On hot days, we don’t go for the more vigorous types of walks such as hill climbing.

When I go for a walk with Misha in summer, I take a small water bowl and flask of water with me in a little backpack. The local parks have dog bowls attached to the human water fountains, which is very nice, but there's always the chance that a water fountain won't work or that Misha will get thirsty before we reach the water fountain. I also prefer to give him water from a clean water bowl instead of from the fountain bowl.

Like the dog in the photo below, Misha loves to retrieve balls. If I want to give him a ball game in the garden when the weather is hot, I play with him very early in the day. Late in the evening the heat of the day is still present and the atmosphere is too uncomfortable to give him exercise.

Choice of Walking Surface

There are some important points to remember about walks on hot days that some people may not think about. When a dog walks on very hot tarmac, asphalt, cement, or even sand, their paw pads may get burned. Another important thing to consider is that the body of a dog with short legs is closer to the ground than the body of one with long legs. This means that there is less chance for the heat radiating from the ground to dissipate before it strikes the body of a short-legged dog.

Since the soles of our shoes often insulate us from the heat of a walking surface, it's a good idea to touch a surface with a hand before taking a dog on to it. A common recommendation is to place a hand on hot asphalt or another surface for ten seconds. If the hand can't be left there due to discomfort, the asphalt is too hot for the dog. A natural material such as grass or earth may be a better choice for a summer walk than a sidewalk or road.

Keeping a Dog Cool During the Day

During the day, I need to find ways to keep Misha cool, since we don’t have air conditioning. I put box fans where he likes to lie down. I periodically take him into the back garden to cool him down with the garden hose. (Make sure that the hose is made of a material that is safe for drinking water if you do this.) We also have a children’s padding pool to keep Misha and his Leonberger companion cool.

Inside the house, I dampen Misha down with a cold and wet towel or a spray bottle. Water bowls are distributed around the house to encourage him to drink and in case one is emptied without me noticing.

Another technique that I use to keep Misha cool is to take him to a nearby lake in my air conditioned car. The lake has an area reserved for dogs, so Misha can immerse himself in water and get thoroughly wet. He loves swimming in the lake to retrieve his ball and paddling in the shallow water when he needs a break from exercise.

It's a good idea to assess water quality and potential hazards such as ocean or river currents before a dog is allowed to enter the water. Some dogs are susceptible to experiencing ear infections after they swim in any type of water because their ears trap moisture. The ears of these dogs should be dried after they swim.

Chlorine in Swimming Pools and Dog Safety

Some people enjoy swimming in a backyard pool with their dog or letting the dog swim in the pool on their own. This is certainly a great way for a pet to cool down, but chlorine in the water may be irritating for some animals. The chemical is a common pool disinfectant.

While the concentration of chlorine in swimming pools isn't dangerous for dogs under normal circumstances, it can still cause health issues. The chlorine may irritate a pet's eyes, throat, breathing passages, or skin. Another problem is that some dogs like to drink pool water, which may cause a stomach upset. It's very important that dogs don't have access to concentrated chlorine kept for use in a swimming pool. The concentrated chemical is toxic.

Safety tips around pools include the following.

  • Don't leave your dog unattended in the swimming pool.
  • Watch for any eye irritation in the dog (and for any difficulty in swimming or getting out of the pool).
  • Place a bowl of water by the pool for your pet to drink.
  • Don't allow the pet to drink water from the pool.
  • Wash your dog with tap water after he or she has finished swimming.

Avoiding Overheating When a Dog is Alone

If a dog spends time outside on a hot day, a shady area and drinking water must be available. A garden or yard may sometimes be cooler than the inside of a home, but a dog's condition must be monitored frequently while he or she is outside. The dog should never be left outside for long periods and ignored. If a pet must be left alone indoors, thought must be given to how he or she will keep cool while the owner is away.

I never leave Misha alone in the car on a hot day, even with the windows open. The temperature inside a car can increase rapidly on a hot summer day, making the air much hotter than the surrounding environment. The interior of a car can be a dangerous place for both pets and children.

Two Boxers Play With a Hose on a Hot Day

Use of a Cooling Pad or Bandana

Some pet stores sell cooling pads and beds for dogs to lie on or cooling vests for a dog to wear. These devices contain a cavity inside that can be filled with cold water. My family has found that the pads stay beautifully cool. However, despite the manufacturer's claims about the great strength of their pads, all the ones that we've tried have eventually developed a leak at the seams.

In the past, when Misha and I have gone for a walk in hot weather he has worn a cooling bandana around his neck. This device can be bought in many pet stores. The bandana is filled with polymer crystals. When the bandana is soaked in water, the crystals absorb water and the bandana expands, so it's important to buy the right size for the dog. Water slowly evaporates from the bandana, cooling the dog down.

I haven't used a bandana for a long while. The only time that I take Misha out in very hot weather now is if there is lots of water for him to swim in. A bandana may be useful for some dogs, though.

Ice Cubes and Frozen Treats

I sometimes give Misha ice cubes to eat when it's very hot. It's an effective way to cool him down. I also put ice cubes in water bowls to cool the water down. Some people like to surround a treat with water and then freeze the combination in order to encourage the dog to eat ice on a hot day. Others create dog popsicles from ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, yogurt and beef, or chicken stock or bouillon.

It's a good idea to consider the sugar and salt level in frozen treats. It's also important to be careful if a frozen treat contains a food that a dog has never eaten before. Ask a vet if you have questions about an ingredient in a recipe. In addition, small quantities of a new food should be introduced at first to see how a pet responds.

There are a couple of concerns about giving a dog ice or frozen treats. It's possible that crunching on hard ice could damage a dog's teeth. The chunks of ice shouldn't be too large for the dog to swallow. The pet should be watched when chewing the ice in case a chunk gets stuck and causes choking before it melts.

Ice and Bloat

A few years ago, a rumour circulating on the Internet claimed that ice and ice water were dangerous for dogs because they could cause a potentially deadly stomach disorder called bloat. The claim resurfaces every summer. Vets say that the rumour isn't true, however. Although the cause of bloat isn't known, it has been associated with dogs eating large amounts of food or liquid very rapidly. Vets say that there is nothing special about ice that increases the risk of bloat.

Bloat, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, or GDV

Bloat is a very dangerous condition for a dog, so all dog owners should know something about the disorder. Bloat consists of two stages. In the first, a dog's stomach becomes distended with gas, a condition known as gastric dilatation (or sometimes gastric dilation). The expanded stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm. As in humans, a dog's diaphragm is the main muscle of breathing. As the diaphragm contracts, it moves towards the stomach in a process that expands the lungs during inhalation. If the movement of the diaphragm is blocked by an enlarged stomach, a dog may have difficulty breathing. The distended stomach may also press on a vein returning blood to the heart and interfere with blood flow.

Unfortunately, gastric dilatation is often only the first stage of bloat. In the second stage, the enlarged stomach twists on its long axis, a process known as torsion or volvulus. This action may interfere with the functioning of other organs and press on blood vessels, blocking blood flow to multiple places.

Gastric dilatation is a medical emergency. A vet may remove the gas with a tube extending down the esophagus and into the stomach or with a needle inserted into the stomach from the outside of the dog's body. The torsion stage is very dangerous and requires surgery as a treatment. It's very important to get a dog to a vet as soon as possible if bloat is suspected. The sooner the treatment begins, the better the outcome.

A Vet Describes Bloat

Keeping a Dog Cool at Night

Misha often voluntarily goes down into the basement of our home on a very hot day. I make sure that there is water available for him there. The basement is much cooler than upstairs. If the weather is too hot for sleeping upstairs, Misha and I move into the basement for the night, where we are much more comfortable. I sleep on a camp bed or an old mattress. (My dogs and I always sleep in the same room.)

Of course, not everyone has a basement to move into, so other techniques have to be used to keep a dog cool on a hot night. I find that an open window and a box fan or a window fan are most effective for cooling a room without air conditioning. Box fans are getting harder to find where I live, however. Luckily, other types of powerful fans are available in some stores. Wet towels for the dog to lie on are also useful, if he or she will do this. A cooling pad for a dog bed would also help. The pet must be able to reach a water bowl during the night.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

If you take steps to keep your dog cool on hot days he or she should never develop heat-related illnesses, but it's good to know the signs, just in case. Old or overweight dogs and those with breathing problems are most susceptible to heat problems, but any dog can experience them.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • rapid and heavy panting
  • increased salivation and thick saliva
  • increased heart rate
  • vomiting and diarrhea.

If a dog with heat exhaustion isn't cooled down and then rehydrated, the condition can progress to heat stroke, a very serious condition. In the video below, a vet describes how to prevent and treat heat stroke in dogs.

How to Prevent and Treat Heat Stroke in Dogs

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Heat stroke is a dangerous condition and requires immediate attention to prevent organ damage and to save the dog's life. One sign of heat stroke is increased core body temperature. A dog's normal rectal temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (or 38 to 39.2 degrees Celsius). A rectal temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher is a medical emergency. A rectal thermometer is a useful device for a dog owner.

Other symptoms of heat stroke include the following.

  • The dog may be panting extremely rapidly or may stop panting altogether.
  • The gums may be dark red at first but may eventually turn pale or even develop a blue appearance (cyanosis).
  • The dog may drool.
  • The pulse may be rapid or irregular.
  • The dog may be disoriented and uncoordinated.
  • He or she may shake or experience seizures.
  • He or she may collapse and be unable to get up.
  • The dog may eventually lose consciousness.

First Aid for Heat Stroke

If a dog is experiencing heat stroke, immediate steps must be taken to lower his or her temperature, even before the dog is taken to a vet. According to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the following steps—or as many of them as possible—should be performed.

  • Take the dog to a cool and shady place.
  • Douse the pet with cool water.
  • Apply wet towels to the dog's body, especially the head and inner thighs.
  • Immerse the dog in a tub of cool (but not icy cold) water.
  • Place a fan in front of the pet.
  • Offer them cool water to drink.

It might seem logical that ice should be used to bring the dog's temperature down as quickly as possible, but some vets say that ice can constrict blood vessels and create more problems. The dog must mustn't become so cold that he or she shivers.

The dog's temperature should be checked frequently to see if it's decreasing and also to discover whether the pet is becoming too cold. The dog must be taken to a vet after first aid treatment, even if the attempt to lower the dog's temperature was successful. The visit is an emergency. The vet will continue to lower the pet's temperature if this is necessary and will also check for organ damage, which unfortunately may occur after heat stroke.

Summer Fun

Summer can be a wonderful time for you and your dog, as long as you take steps to keep your pet cool both indoors and outdoors. You can still go for walks with your dog, and he or she can still chase balls or frisbees, but you will probably need to plan exercise sessions carefully in summer. This effort is very worthwhile in order to keep your dog healthy and happy and to give both of you exercise and fun.

References

  • Summer safety tips for dogs from ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnImals)
  • Heat stroke symptoms and treatment from the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
  • Information about gastric dilatation-volvulus from the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)
  • A discussion of the myth about ice and bloat from ABC News, including quotes from two vets

Questions & Answers

Question: Can going from a home with AC to being out in the heat all day cause diarrhea in dogs?

Answer: Diarrhea in a dog is a symptom that an owner should pay careful attention to. One day (twenty-four hours) of relatively mild diarrhea not accompanied by other symptoms may well be harmless. More than a day of diarrhea or even a single day if a dog has other symptoms should be reported to a vet. A single day of frequent and severe diarrhea also requires a vet visit, as do recurring bouts of the disorder.

A change in diet, scavenging something that irritates the digestive tract, a food intolerance, stress, gastrointestinal infections or illnesses, heat exhaustion and heat stroke (which require immediate treatment), and health problems outside the digestive tract are some problems that can cause diarrhea in a dog. Your vet will be able to offer expert advice and treatment if your dog’s problem doesn’t disappear quickly.

If you do notice that your dog develops diarrhea on a hot day, it’s essential that you cool him or her down right away so that other symptoms don’t appear. Heat stroke is a very dangerous condition for a dog and is a medical emergency.

© 2011 Linda Crampton

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 30, 2018:

Thanks, Leland. I always think about keeping my dog cool in summer, especially in the hot weather that we've been experiencing.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on August 30, 2018:

Linda- excellent hub. Our dog used to love playing in the sprinkler and getting hosed down. I will always remember how he used to chomp at the water as we sprayed him down. He loved it. Good memories. He was mostly black too. I never considered the idea that black dog's coats would retain more heat. Great safety tip!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 08, 2018:

Thank you, Savanna.

Savanna H on August 08, 2018:

Very helpful.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 02, 2018:

Thank you, Ajay.

Ajay vaja on April 02, 2018:

Nice

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 19, 2017:

I'm glad you find the site useful, sandar.

sandar on April 19, 2017:

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Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2016:

This could be helpful, as long as the balloon is peeled off the ice before it's given to a dog. The balloon material would be dangerous if a dog swallowed it. I would also be concerned about a dog trying to swallow big chunks of ice from the block instead of simply licking the ice.

Kta on June 06, 2016:

Hello, its also good to fill balloon whit water and put it in the freezers, dogs like to lick it and at the same time getting cooler

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 17, 2015:

Your Labrador seems to love water as much as mine! Thanks for the comment, jpcmc.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on August 17, 2015:

Our Labrador loves ice in her water bowl. And when she gets the chance she loves splashing in puddles. Of course it is bath time afterwards.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 30, 2012:

Thank you for the comment and the vote, ignugent17. My dog likes his little pool too! It certainly does help to keep him cool.

ignugent17 on August 30, 2012:

We have a little pool for our dog. It really helps him cool down. Thanks for sharing the signs of heat stroke. It is really useful. Voted up. :-)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 21, 2012:

Hi, Judi. That must be frustrating when there's water available and your dog won't go into it to cool down! I find the cooling bandana very useful on a hot day, since Misha is black in color and heats up quickly.

Judi Brown from UK on August 21, 2012:

I've never heard of the cooling bandanas before - I shall look out for them. Despite the dismal summer here in the UK, our dog heats up really quickly as soon as there is a break in the clouds. We do take water for her to drink, but she won't ever go into water to cool down, so we try to plan shady routes to keep her out of the sun.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 21, 2012:

Thank you for the comment, afriqnet. I appreciate your visit!

Joe Njenga from Nairobi Kenya on August 21, 2012:

Alicia,

Thanks for sharing very useful everyday tips that can be adopted to save our dogs from getting heat stroke. I enjoyed reading your article Thanks

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2011:

Thank you for the visit and the comment, melodyandes.

melodyandes on September 08, 2011:

Cool and interesting hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 28, 2011:

Thank you very much for the comment and the link, TheEpicJourney!! It must be hard to keep your dog cool with her dense coat. I have a camelback-style pack, but I've always used it as a regular backpack. I bought it because I thought the shape looked comfortable to carry, which it is. I really should use the pack for its proper purpose! Thanks for the good idea.

TheEpicJourney from Fairfield, Ohio on August 28, 2011:

Great Hub AliciaC, fantastic tips! I'd heard of the cooling bandanas for people. I didn't know they make them for dogs!! I have an alaskan malamute and do a lot of outdoors stuff with her. I'm also always worried about her overheating. One thing I do is carry a camelback. I have a nozzle on it that allows me to simply squeeze it and then water pours out and she can drink right from the little stream. This way I can carry a lot more water :). Very imformative hub! I am going to provide a link to it in my hub on exercise where I mention overheating!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 26, 2011:

Thanks a lot for the comment, jasper420. Looking after four dogs must keep your sister very busy!

jasper420 on August 26, 2011:

great hub I will show this to my sister she has four little dogs and is always concerned about them with the heat good tips this is a well put togeather hub and very informative great job!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 09, 2011:

Thank you, CMHypno. That's shocking that a police dog handler is being investigated for leaving his or her dog in a hot car! How could they treat their companion and helper so thoughtlessly and carelessly?!

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on August 09, 2011:

You have beautiful dogs Alicia, you are very lucky! Unfortunately, even in our poor summers here in the UK there are newspaper reports of dogs dying because they have been left in the back of hot cars - even one police dog handler is being investigated. So thanks for the tips on how to keep our canine friends cool in the hot weather

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 03, 2011:

Hi, kashmir56. I use the ice cubes-in-the-water trick too - it does encourage Misha to drink! Thank you for the tips and the comment.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 03, 2011:

Great hub with lot of great and valuable information to keep your pets cool in the hot weather ! I put ice cubes in my dogs water and keep her can food in the refrigerator to keep it cool, it makes it very refreshing when she eats her food on the hot days .

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 02, 2011:

Thank you, prektjr.dc. My goodness - a temperature of 95 at midnight must be very uncomfortable for humans as well as dogs! Good luck with keeping your dogs cool. I hope the temperature soon drops where you live.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 01, 2011:

Very good information! We have our dogs outdoors and with the current temp at 95 at midnight, I am concerned that they are not getting a chance to cool off even after dark. We have added ice cubes to their water bowls and have even created a "pool" of water for them to cool off in. It somehow doesn't seem enough. Thanks for the signs of heat related problems for them! Voted up and useful!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 01, 2011:

Thank you for the comment, fashion. I love dogs and get concerned when I see a dog suffering from the heat.

fashion on August 01, 2011:

This is very informative hub,Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 31, 2011:

Thank you for the visit, Truckstop Sally. I share your feelings. I get especially concerned when I see a dog running beside their owner who is cycling on the trails near my home. Some of the cyclists travel quite fast, with their poor dog running beside them to keep up with his or her tongue hanging way out of their mouth. I'm sure that some of the cyclists check on their dog occasionally and stop to give the dog a rest and water, or slow down periodically, but I worry that not all of them do.

Truckstop Sally on July 31, 2011:

Thanks for the info. I have a small mutt, and he is not in good health -- so I end up carrying him for part of our walks. I worry about the folks that run with their dogs -- the humans are getting in shape, but the dogs cannot get enough hydration.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 30, 2011:

Thank you, purplepoodles. I hope your dog feels better outside once he's wearing his cooling bandana! I've wanted to have a standard poodle as a pet for a long time. They're lovely dogs.

purplepoodles from Florida on July 30, 2011:

Good information! I'm going to get my standard poodle a cooling bandana tomorrow. I'm hoping that will make him come out of the air conditioning for more than just a few minutes. I love to be outside but after just a few minutes in the heat, he runs back to the door and want to get back inside. He is soooo spoiled! We live in Florida and the rest of the year he loves the outdoors.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 29, 2011:

Thank you for the comment, Nell. The way that some people treat their dogs is so sad. Every summer I hear reports of people leaving dogs in cars on a hot, sunny day, with just the windows cracked for air. It's good when someone notices and calls the SPCA or someone else to rescue the dog, but sometimes nobody does notice, or nobody does anything about it.

Nell Rose from England on July 29, 2011:

Hi, this is really great information. I love the idea of the cooling bandana, whoever thought of that? I have read news reports of people leaving the dogs in cars in the head and I could scream! why do people have to be so thoughtless? Also, when I go shopping, there is always a dog tied up outside, why do people take their dogs shopping? one was panting so hard the other day, if I could have provided him with some water, I would have done, Your dog must be a very happy canine! lol

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 28, 2011:

Thank you for the visit and the vote, Jay!

Jay on July 28, 2011:

Cool tips A! Very useful.. Thanks for the info!

Vote Up!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2011:

Thank you very much for the comment and vote, Danette. For me it's the opposite - I've seen and bought cooling bandanas for dogs but I've never seen them for humans! Thanks for the information.

Danette Watt from Illinois on July 27, 2011:

Great hub with lots of useful info. I am familiar with the cooling bandanas (recently bought one each for me, my son at college and my son in Afghanistan) but never thought to use it on a dog. But why not?

Voted up and useful.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2011:

Thanks a lot for reading my hub and commenting, Maren Morgan M-T.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on July 27, 2011:

Good tips!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2011:

Hi, FloraBreenRobison! I have cats too, but they don't seem to be as bothered by heat as my dogs are. I watch the cats carefully on hot days, though, to see if they're getting uncomfortable. It would be very interesting to see them wearing bandanas!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2011:

Hi, Tina. Thank you for the vote! Misha enjoys playing in the children's pool but doesn't like getting sprayed by the garden hose. I persuade him to accept it on hot days, though, because it's a big help in cooling him down.

FloraBreenRobison on July 27, 2011:

I have a cat, bot a dog, but a lot of the same tips are relevant to cats. I can't see Amy wearing a bandana, though. :)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on July 27, 2011:

Every dog-owner and every dog must love this hub! It is full of useful tips on how to keep a dog cool. They do suffer in hot weather! I had a children's pool to my Leonberger and in real hot weather we started the garden hose sprinkle so he could pass by and cool off. Voted up, useful!

Tina

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2011:

Thank you very much, Prasetio! It's kind of you to comment and vote.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 27, 2011:

Very useful hub and share with us. You always come up with something information. I am proud to update your hub. Thank you very much. Vote up!

Prasetio

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Hi, Denise. Thanks so much for the comment and the votes! I appreciate them. My favorite seasons are actually spring and very early summer. I don't like the summer heat, either for myself or for Misha. It hasn't been very hot so far this summer where I live, but that could change at any time!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 26, 2011:

I LOVED this hub. I was just thinking of this for my dog--the heat exhaustion thing, last Sunday when we were walking. I didn't think I was going to last and I know our dog, Beauty was also feeling the heat. Great job. Voted up/useful/interesting/awesome

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Simone! Cooling bandanas are a wonderful invention. You're so right, we have to be observant and aware of a dog's signals that he or she is feeling uncomfortable, since the dog can't talk to us.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Thank you, K9keystrokes and Kal! I appreciate your comment and vote. Misha would love Kal to join him in the pool. He loves canine (and K9) company!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 26, 2011:

What great tips AliciaC! I'm a big advocate for the cooling bandana. My grandparents use them with their dogs and they make a huge difference! Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. It's hard for dogs in the heat because unlike kids or adults, they have a harder time telling us they're overheating- aside from panting and the like. I hope your advice makes a difference with some hot summer dogs :D

India Arnold from Northern, California on July 26, 2011:

My dog (Kal) loves this hub--and so do I! Thank you for presenting some very good methods for keeping dogs cool in the heat of summer! Kal says thank you for thinking of all of the K9 pals this summer, and mentioned wanting to join the pool party...

Up and awesome Alicia. BTW, Misha is adorable!

Cheers~

K9

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Thank you for the visit and the comment, An Aberrant Taste. Dogs do look pathetic when they're hot and panting! I like to have a variety of techniques to cool my dog down on a hot day.

Kelcie Rae Dunn from Hamilton, NJ on July 26, 2011:

Great hub! I always hate it when my poor baby is sitting outside panting, now I've got some more ideas! Thanks again!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Thank you very much for the comment, Just Ask Susan! Newfs are great dogs. I love meeting them when I'm on a walk. I give Misha ice cubes to chew when it's hot too, and he loves them, but I was hesitant to describe this in my hub because I've read recently that chewing ice cubes can damage a dog's teeth. All the dogs in my family over the years have been given ice cubes to chew with no problems, and it's a wonderful way to cool a dog down on a hot day, so I'm going to continue doing it with Misha!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2011:

Fantastic hub with so many important ways to keep your pet cool during these hot months.

My Newfs both like an ice cube now and then to chew on. They also like to hang out in the bedroom with the A/C going. I also have big contractor fans for them when they are not in the bedroom.

Up, Useful and awesome!


Pets at Home launches new summer range for dogs

The "cooling" range will help keep pets comfortable in the heat.

Just in time for the heatwave hitting the UK, pet shop Pets at Home has launched a brand new summer range for dogs, designed to keep your pups cool in the warm weather.

The range, which includes items that can be used inside, outside or while on walks, will help keep your pets from overheating in the sun.

What's more, the range is now available to shop in stores and online, and there's 25% off until 9 July!

The range contains a whole host of fun and practical summer items for dogs starting at £2.25 in the sale.

For water-loving pets there's a dog paddling pool available in two sizes, that's shallow enough for your pup to climb in and out.

There's also cooling mats, cooling vests and a cooling tent that can be used in the garden or packed in the car for day trips. Water bottles, pet sunscreen and freezable ice cream toys for dogs will also help keep pups cool on the move.

And, if your dog is always looking to get in on the fun at a BBQ, the range includes a novelty dog-friendly beer!

Speaking about the launch of the new range, Claire Gavin, Director of Creative Development and Innovation at Pets at Home, said: "With foreign holidays seeming a long way off for many, we’re turning to our gardens this summer and getting out and about with our pets in the sunshine.

"But just as the sun can be damaging to our skin, it poses a risk for the health of our pets too. We know that keeping pets cool during the summer months can be a challenge, so our new range has been created with the health, welfare and safety needs of our pets top of mind, whilst ensuring they can keep cool and have fun in the sun too."

Pets at Home has also shared guidance for pet owners to help keep their pups happy, healthy and comfortable in the heat. The guidance includes never leaving your pets alone in the car even if there is shade or the window is open, take a water bowl or bottle on long walks, avoid walking your pets at the hottest part of the day, stick to shaded areas on walks and never leave your pet in a conservatory or warm room when you go out.

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Hot Weather Tips For Your Pet

Summertime is a time for fun and frolicking but it’s also fraught with danger for our pets. When the temperature rises, we need to take extra caution to make sure our pets are okay in the heat. Here are some key tips to help keep your pet cool and safe.

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car on a warm day

Despite the warnings, every year, pets die after their owners leave them in a parked car that overheats. Within just a few minutes, a car can get extremely shot, stifling, and deadly. Dr. Ernie Ward did an experiment on a warm summer’s day in which he sat in a parked car with the windows cracked. He wanted to see just how hot it would get. Within 30 minutes it was 117 degrees inside the car. “Never, ever leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day,” he pleads at the end of the video he made to document his experience. That goes for any pet, by the way!

Be Vigilant About Vet Care

When it starts getting warm outside, take your dog or cat to the vet for a full check up. The check up should include a heartworm test and a flea and tick protection plan. These are year-round issues but in the summer months, with much more outdoors time, it’s especially important to monitor them.

Avoid Walking Your Dog In the Heat

Aim for mornings and evenings when letting your dog outside, cautions Dr. Marty Becker in his article, “Beat the Heat Tips for Your Dog.” Sometimes, though, it’s just hot all day long and Dr. Becker says, “Even in the coolest part of the day, watch for signs of trouble: Glassy eyes and frantic panting indicate a dog who needs help. Get to a veterinarian immediately if you see these symptoms!”

Keep Your Home Cool for your pets

When the temperature outside gets hot, it can be harder to keep the indoors cool. Some people turn their air conditioning off when they leave for the day. If you have a pet at home, this could put him in danger. A Vetstreet.com article, “Summer Hazards and Your Dog,” advises: “Instead of turning off the air conditioner, try leaving it on a conservative but comfortable setting (perhaps 76°F) while you are out.” The article recommends you make sure your pet has water and, “consider closing curtains to reduce the heating effects of sunlight through the windows.”

Give Your Pets Access to Shade and Plenty of Water

Pets can get dehydrated or get heatstroke quickly so any pet outside needs to have plenty of water and access to shade.

Know Which Dogs Are Less Tolerant of Heat

Dr. Becker reminds us that some dog breeds are less tolerant of the heat than others. “Remember that older, obese or short-nosed dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs) are less tolerant of heat.” Also, older dogs, puppies and dogs with health issues can also be more susceptible to hot weather. Of course, you should keep a close eye on your dog in the heat, no matter what his breed, age or state of health.

Our pets rely on us to protect them and keep them comfortable and safe year round! Remember, if you’re hot, your pets are definitely hot.


20 Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

Last updated on April 28, 2019 By Puppy Leaks 2 Comments

After a long summer day I love cooling down in the shade with a nice frozen treat. Ice cream, smoothies, slushies, popsicles & floats? Yes please. And when it comes to my dog I like to let her in on the fun by making her some cool & refreshing treats of her own.

Not sure how to make frozen treats for your dog? No worries, I’ve got you covered. I’ve put together a list of my favorite frozen dog treat recipes. They’re easy to make, and a nice way to help keep your dog cool this summer. Here’s 20 frozen dog treat recipes.

If you’re looking for even more recipes be sure to check out our list of 25 homemade dog treat recipes, all made with 5 ingredients or less.


Watch the video: How to Keep Your Pets Cool in Summer. This Morning (July 2021).