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Keep Your Dog Cool

Updated on December 26, 2014

How to keep your Dog Cool in Summer

The weather in the UK and the US is warming up ready for the summer. Hot weather means hot dogs, and this is not necessarily comfortable for your four legged friend. Overheating and dehydration are not good for dogs. Their fur will moult in the summer, but remember that a dog cannot sweat. Instead, they keep themselves cool by panting.

Here are some key tips to keep your dog cool...

1. ALWAYS make sure that your dog has clean water.

2. NEVER leave your dog in a hot car.

3. Invest in a fan for your dog if he or she is constantly panting.

My Jack Russell, Milo is enjoying the sun - he likes to sunbathe. But he does need water and the fan on him from time to time to keep him nice and cool!

Image: Milo the Jack Russell (Credit: Amy Trumpeter)

Lasko 1820 18" Pedestal Fan Cooling, White 1820
Lasko 1820 18" Pedestal Fan Cooling, White 1820

If you have a larger dog breed, maybe you want to invest in a highest standing fan for him or her. This is a good one for Great Danes, Alsations and Bull Mastiffs.

 

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Remember that it is particularly important to keep your dog cool if he or she has a medical condition such as a heart condition or diabetes. If your dog can't stop panting even after you have cooled him or her down, you should take your dog to the vet. Also, if your dog is drinking unusual amounts of water, you should also seek veterinary advice.

Certain breeds struggle with the heat and have breathing difficulties, such as pugs and bull dogs.

How do you keep your dog cool in the Summer?

How do you keep your dog cool?

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      • renstar lm 4 years ago

        I take him swimming or cool him down with a damp cloth

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        Our Bruno loves to play in the water to keep cool and he also likes to eat banana popsicles and lots of water with ice

      Noodlehead N111C Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler
      Noodlehead N111C Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler

      Water your garden and keep your pet cool at the same time with this fabulous sprinkler.

       

      Water Fountains and Pools to keep your Dog Cool!

      Yes, it's true, some dogs hate water. But there are many dogs who absolutely love it, especially in this hot weather. A sprinkler can provide hours of entertainment for a Jack Russell Terrier. Springer Spaniels love to swim, so if you can stretch to it, buy your springer a big pool! A pet water fountain can be great for your dog and you can get some that refill automatically. Here is a great collection of water fountains and pools to cool your dog this summer.

      Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast
      Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast

      Super soak your pooch! But only if he likes it! My dog Milo loves to be sprayed with water guns in the heat, and he likes to try and catch the water in his mouth!

       

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Milo is so cute. Our Bruno is scared of fans for some reason but he likes to lay on the cool tile floor. We have to be so careful with him and not let him get overheated so I appreciate these great suggestions.