keep your dog cool during a heatwave

Over the next few days the UK will be seeing temperatures as high as 40 degrees. Whilst some might be lathering up the rays, there have been red alerts for serious risks to health when spending time out in the Sun. It’s not just ourselves that we should be taking extra care of during the heatwave, but we should be keeping an eye on our pets too.

Dogs are prone to heatstroke in temperatures above 24 degrees, and it can often be life threatening. To ensure you’re clued up on how to keep your pooch safe and cool during the heat, we’ve made a list of our top tips. 

1. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening.

As bad as you might feel for messing up your dog's daily walking schedule, it’s important that they are kept out of the sun during peak heat times (11-3pm). The weather is set to be coolest at 7am and 8pm on Monday and Tuesday, which are the hottest scheduled days.

Walking them at cooler times will reduce the risks of heatstroke and burning their paws on pavement. We recommend investing in some soothing paw balm just in case!

Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs
Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs

Soothing nose & paw balm for dogs

2. Use pet-safe sun cream 

Even though you’ll be walking your dog in the coolest parts of the day, the sun will still be present. Make sure to use some pet friendly sun cream on exposed parts of their skin like their ears and nose. This is super important if your dog has white or light-coloured fur, as they can be vulnerable to getting burnt. Ask your vet for the right product to use. 

W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin
W'Zis Dog Treats Tin

W'Zis Dog Treats Tin

3. Use up their energy in different ways

In warm weather it's a good idea to find different ways to use up your dog’s mental and physical energy. You could freeze some of their favourite treats and pop them in toys, or hide them around the house for them to sniff out and keep them stimulated. This’ll help to use up some energy that they’d be missing from their usual long walk. 

4. Keep them hydrated

Just like us, pet’s will need to be kept hydrated throughout the day. Make sure their bowl is kept full of cold water throughout the day.

When walking your dog in the morning or evening, make sure to take out some water with you too and allow them to take sips every now and then. 

Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle
Dog Water Bottle

Dog Water Bottle

5. Invest in, or make your own cooling mat

Cooling mats will be your dog's best friend during the heatwave. Most pet stores will sell them, or if you’d like to make your own you can wet a towel, pop it in the freezer for an hour and lay it down for them to lie on. 

6. Regular Grooming will keep them cool

Regular grooming or clipping will help keep your dog’s coat clean, free from knots, and can help them keep cool. 

What are the signs of heatstroke? 

Signs of heatstrokes in dogs can look like:

  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion or loss of coordination
  • Drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea 
  • Shaking or weakness
  • Seizures

If you think your dog has heatstroke, make sure you contact your vet immediately.