How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat!

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat!

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to ensure our furry friends stay cool and comfortable. Dogs are susceptible to heat just like humans, and without proper care, they can suffer from heat-related illnesses. Here are some practical tips to keep your dog cool during hot weather, along with important information on the dangers and signs of heatstroke.


Top Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

  1. Provide Plenty of Water Ensure your dog always has access to fresh, cool water. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cooler for longer.

  2. Create a Cool Resting Spot Set up a shaded area in your yard or home where your dog can escape the heat. Indoors, use fans or air conditioning to maintain a cool environment. Outdoors, a tarp or canopy can provide much-needed shade.

  3. Avoid Midday Walks Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Asphalt and concrete can become extremely hot and burn your dog's paws, so stick to grassy areas if possible. Remember, a dog has never died from not having a walk, but your dog could die from walking in the heat.

  4. Use Cooling Products Invest in cooling mats, vests, and bandanas designed for dogs. These products can help lower your dog’s body temperature effectively.

  5. Limit Exercise Reduce the intensity and duration of exercise during hot weather. Play indoor games or provide mentally stimulating activities to keep your dog entertained without overexerting them.

  6. Provide Frozen Treats Offer your dog homemade frozen treats. You can freeze low-sodium broth, plain yogurt, or even slices of fruits like apples and bananas for a refreshing snack.

  7. Keep Their Coat Groomed Regular grooming can help remove excess fur and reduce overheating. However, avoid shaving their coat too short as it protects them from sunburn.

  8. Brain Training Games If you have a high-energy dog, consider brain training games to tire them out. These games can be more effective than physical exercise in tiring your dog. 

  9. Never Leave Your Dog in a Car in the Heat

    One of the most critical tips for keeping your dog safe in hot weather is to never leave them in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures inside a car can soar to dangerous levels within minutes, putting your dog at severe risk of heatstroke or even death. On a 24°C day, the temperature inside a car can reach 38°C in just 10 minutes. Always take your dog with you when you leave the vehicle, or leave them at home in a cool, safe environment.

Dangers and Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

Despite your best efforts, dogs can still suffer from heatstroke. It’s essential to recognize the signs and act quickly to prevent severe complications.

Signs of Heatstroke:

  • Excessive Panting: Rapid or labored breathing.
  • Drooling: Excessive salivation.
  • Lethargy: Weakness, fatigue, or staggering.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea: Sometimes with blood.
  • Bright Red or Pale Gums: Also, a rapid heartbeat.
  • Collapse: In severe cases, dogs may become unresponsive.

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The Urgency of Veterinary Care

If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, immediate veterinary care is critical. Follow these steps while you arrange to get your dog to the vet:

  1. Move to a Cool Area: Take your dog out of the heat immediately.
  2. Cool Down Gradually: Use cool (not cold) water to wet your dog. Apply cool, wet towels to the head, neck, and chest, feet, and offer small amounts of cool water to drink.
  3. Seek Emergency Help: Contact your vet or an emergency animal clinic right away. Heatstroke can cause severe internal damage and rapid intervention can be lifesaving.


Dogs need about 30 days to acclimatize to the heat, which is why dogs in hot countries are more accustomed to it. Here in the UK, we rarely get 30 days of continuous hot weather, making it even more important to take extra precautions during sudden heatwaves.


Keeping your dog cool in the heat is not just about comfort; it’s about safety. By following these tips and being aware of the signs of heatstroke, you can ensure your dog stays healthy and happy during the hot summer months. Remember, always act swiftly if you suspect heatstroke – your quick response can make all the difference.

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Don’t Forget the Wildlife

Here at Snooze Doggy, we love all animals. Don’t forget to put out some water for birds, bees, hedgehogs, and other wildlife during hot weather. A small gesture can make a big difference in their lives too.

By implementing these strategies and staying vigilant, you can enjoy a fun and safe summer with your canine companion. Don't forget to share this post to help other pet owners keep their dogs cool and safe in the heat!


Please note that we are not experts or veterinary trained professionals. The advice and tips provided in this blog post are based on research and are intended for informational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian for any health concerns or before making changes to your pet's care routine.


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