Hot Under The Collar

Overheating doesn’t just make dogs a bit grouchy, it can be life-threatening for them. The poor things have very few sweat glands, apart from a few in their paw pads, so it’s no wonder they don’t enjoy the hot weather as much as we do.

The long and the short of it

The only way that dogs can effectively get rid of heat is by panting. But did you know that dogs with short noses (like Pugs and Bulldogs) can struggle to pant effectively? That’s why it’s especially important to take extra care of our short-nosed pooches this summer!

As you’d expect, long-coated dogs can overheat very quickly. So it’s best to get them clipped when the weather hots up.

Chilling out

Noticed your dog taking it easy in hot weather? They know what’s best for them, so it’s OK to take your dog for fewer walks in the heat. On a really hot day, just venture out in the early morning or late evening..

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Water, water everywhere

When the temperature soars, your dog needs plenty of fresh water to lap up so they don’t dehydrate. You could also take them for a cooling splash in a stream or lake (but make sure it’s safe for them to paddle or swim there first).

Not long is too long

Never leave a dog in a car on a hot day, even for a short while. When
it’s 22°C outside, the temperature in a car can reach an unbearable
47°C in just an hour. Leaving a window open isn’t enough to keep
the temperature down. Your dog could soon be life-threateningly
dehydrated. Get more hot weather advice here.

Top tip!

If your dog loves to run around like crazy with a ball, you’ll be doing
him a favour by carrying it home for him on a hot day – even if it’s a
bit soggy! Holding his much-loved ball in his mouth will prevent him
panting well and cooling down.