When the weather is warm it’s important to remember that your dog may not be used to the heat and therefore you need to ensure that you take extra precautions to keep them cool and stop them suffering from heat exhaustion.
In this article, we cover the signs of heat exhaustion in dogs, how to cool them down and how to keep them cool at home.
Signs Of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs
During hot weather it is advisable to try and keep your dog as cool as possible. Some of the following signs may indicate that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion. If you are concerned about your dog overheating then always contact your vet straight away.
#1. Heavy Panting
Dogs pant when they play or run, but in the heat, you will notice that your dog’s panting becomes heavier and they have their mouth open wider.
If you notice that they are panting then make sure you bring them into the shade straight away and give them plenty of water. In severe cases, you may also notice their tongue is swollen.
#2. Excessive Drooling
If your dog is drooling a lot then it could be because they are overheating. It’s important to make sure they are cool and have plenty of water so this does not happen.
#3. Lethargic Behaviour
If your dog is napping a lot and is very lethargic they may be suffering from excessive heat. It’s best to bring them into a cool and well-ventilated area to let them cool down.
#4. Increased or Irregular Heartbeat
This is a sign that your dog’s body is trying to pump the overheated blood away from the vital organs. If your dog has an increased heartbeat take them to the vet straight away.
#5. Vomiting or Diarrhoea
Another sign that your dog is feeling the effects of the heat and an indication that they need to be brought to a cooler area and maybe visit a vet. Some dogs will suffer more in the heat than others.
#6. Never Leave Your Dog In A Hot Car
Never ever leave your dog in the car when it’s warm – a hot car is a killer for dogs.
How To Cool A Dog Down
Keep Them Hydrated
It’s so important to make sure they have access to plenty of water. Animals drink more in the hot weather so keep an eye to make sure bowls are topped up and water refreshed.
If the water is getting warm too quickly then add some ice cubes to it to cool it down.
A pet water fountain can also be good in the hot weather to keep a constant supply of cold water for your cat or dog.
If you are not sure how much water your pets need then always leave extra just in case. It’s also a good idea to have someone check on them if you are out all day to make sure the water is topped up.
It’s really easy to make iced treats for your dog. Using an ice cube tray you can add a treat to each one and then add water and freeze.
Our dogs love these and it’s a great way to cool them down when they are warm.
Sprinklers Or Paddling Pool
Not one for all dogs, but some dogs definitely love to take a dip in the water. Sprinklers can also be a great way to allow them to dip in and out of the water.
If you have children it’s a fun game they can all pay together.
Walk Your Dog Early Or Late
If it is extremely hot then consider keeping out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. It’s much cooler early in the morning or very late at night meaning you and your dog will have a much more comfortable walk.
Be mindful of the hot pavements when you are walking your dog during warm weather.
How To Keep A Dog Cool Inside The House
Fans and Air Conditioning
If your home is hot then consider setting up a fan for your dog or turning on air conditioning if you have it. Much like we can be restless when we are too hot, so will your dog.
If you don’t want to leave the fan on all day then you could use a timer to come on for a short period of time each day.
If your pets are home during the day, then pull blinds and curtains to keep your home cool. It can make a huge difference to the temperature in the house and keep your pets cool.
If you feel your pet is overheating then place a damp towel on the floor for them to lie on to cool down. You can also place cool towels on them to bring their temperature down.
Some dogs might not react well to this, so you should try other ways to cool them down if that’s the case.
If your dog is long haired then consider getting them groomed for the hot weather. A trim can make all the difference to their comfort level in the hot weather.
A groomer will be able to advise you on the best options for giving your dog a quick trim.