Tricks to Keep Dogs Cool During Summer
Hot weather paired with high humidity during the Christmas period are the most dangerous days for dogs as cooling through panting is not as efficient in these weather conditions. Here’s some easy DIY tricks to keep your dogs cool during the Christmas break:
- Building an outdoor washing and cooling station – build with hoses and hose connections
- Make a doggie cooling rug – use fleece fabric and store ice packs inside
- Make a frozen treat bowl – freeze water and dog treats in a bowl and tip out of the container for the dog
- Create shady spots in your backyard for your dog
- Freeze bone broth in ice cubes for your dog to either eat or lick
- Walk your dog very early in the morning or later at night to avoid the heat
Frozen Treats to Make at Home:
We have a great range of quality ingredients to make bone broth with, including a range of treats that you can freeze for your dog. Browse the range or order online. Important things to remember with dogs and heat –
- Heat stress – Heat stress can sometimes be more prevalent as a result of the animal’s physiological attributes. Brachycephalic (flat face) breeds, such as pugs, boxers, bulldogs, terries and cavalier king charles spaniels are far more susceptible to heat stress than other breeds. This is due to the fact that dogs naturally reduce their body temperature by panting (evaporative cooling from the lungs and mouth). Brachycephalic breeds have shortened airways which reduces the effectiveness of panting. The weather does not even have to be particularly hot for these breeds to develop symptoms of heat stress.
- Dogs left in Hot Cars – Each year, the RSPCA receives hundreds of distress calls about animals (usually dogs) being left in cars in the heat. Never leave your dog unattended in a car.