Keep your dog cool this summer

Keep you dog cool this summer

Hot weather can lead to cases of heatstroke in dogs; sadly this is a serious condition which can be fatal. Fortunately there are simple steps you can take to keep your dog cool and avoid the problem.

  1. Make sure they always have access to a cool shaded place.
  2. Your dog should always have access to plenty of drinking water; in hot weather you can add a few ice cubes to keep it nice and cool. Refill their bowl with fresh water regularly.
  3. Allow fresh air to cool your house by opening windows. You can help keep the house cool by closing curtains in rooms facing the sun.
  4. Don’t leave your dog somewhere that can trap the heat such as a conservatory, greenhouse or a caravan/tent.
  5. Don’t overdo their exercise or play and take a break often.  Avoid the hottest part of the day -11am-3pm. Ideally go out early morning or at night. Take some water for them to drink on the walk.
  6. Dogs die in hot cars. Don’t leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day, not even briefly.
  7. Try to avoid long car journeys, if you must travel keep the car as cool as possible. Take plenty of water and let your dog out when you stop for breaks
  8. Ways to help your dog cool off:
  • Wet them with cool water all over
  • Let them get into a paddling pool (with or without the kids)
  • Taking them for a swim in a safe place
  • Give them some ice cubes to lick

What to do if your dog may have heatstroke

If you are worried that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke don’t wait, take action to cool them down by soaking them with cool water all over and making sure they are in a cool, shady place then call us immediately on 0121 572 6527

Two dogs cooling off in a swimming pool

Dogs love to keep cool by having a swim


Advice brought to you by Streetly Vets in Sutton Coldfield


  1. Emma Howell - 20th July 2016 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Great advice, Walter who is 5months old enjoys his Kong with frozen water inside. Have even put carrots into freeze and he chews on them

  2. Dorianne Cook - 19th June 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    We put Dave’s paws in some cold water, made him go a bit ferrel, but helped him cool down somewhat. We’ve also put the parasol up for shade and got the blinds closed and windows open so they both have a cross breeze.
    They both love a few ice cubes in their water.

  3. Shelly Sansome - 17th July 2022 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips 🥰 Paddling pool out, curtains closed and early walk by the stream so Woody’s now all set for a chilling day ahead! Loving the frozen carrots so going to give them a go too ☺️ I do freeze peamut butter on his lick mat which he loves as a treat 🥰

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