Here at Telitec head office we have an open-door policy, not only do we greet our clients with a smile, but we also have a bigger smile, lots of hugs and treats for our clients’ dogs! Certainly, in summertime as we do not want you leaving your dogs in the car while you sort out your internet and mobiles. (Not that any of you do!) But how to keep your dog cool in summer can be a challenge at times.
Keep it Cool
My dogs do not go in the pool, well not to swim. One of them does like laying on the top step getting her belly wet and this seems to help keep her cool. As for the other, the one that will not go near the pool!
I have tried a paddling pool as many dogs prefer this and if put in the shade is an effective way of them keeping cool. Now, my dog did get closer to it than the pool, but still was not too her liking. She has her own beach towels and we make them damp, place in the shade and she will lay on it for hours.
Another solution I use is to fill a hot water bottle with icy water and this can also help to keep them cool. Just make sure it does not get chewed by your first dog 😊
If your dog is active then try some different games, like hiding a toy or some treats so your dog can then sniff them out, freeze some food or use a food puzzle will keep them interested and not get exerted in the heat.
What to avoid
Not to say the obvious but leaving them in a car or walking them during the day are big no, no´s. Walking then early in the morning or late evening is best of keeping your dog cool in summer time, and if you must take them with you then make sure you have water or can get water, think about shade, and avoid sand or tarmac.
Regular grooming is another way to help keep your dog cool in summer and remember dogs are at risk of burning in the sun so just like us humans, sun cream is always a helpful solution for this and you can get specially formulated sun cream from most pet stores or order online.
What to look out for
Heavy panting, glazed eyes, lack of coordination, vomiting or diarrhoea are just some signs of heat stroke in a dog. If this happens, make sure they are in the shade or cool place, apply cool damp towels to their head, neck, and chest areas. See if you can get them to drink cool water or lick an ice cube. If no quick signs of improvement, contact your vet.
Having a good internet connection will not only allow you to look for articles that can help you look after your dog, but about anything to do with dogs, training, toys, insurance or where to take them for a walk. Contact Telitec for your internet requirements.