Ideas for keeping your dog cool in summer heat

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Keeping your dog cool in hot weather is important to prevent overheating. Several products are available to help you do this, including dog cooling jackets, ice pods, and cool mats.

Dog cooling jackets work by absorbing water and then slowly evaporating it, which helps to cool your dog down. Here are some dog cooling jackets and vest ideas from various manufacturers:easidri dog coats cool

Kurgo Dog cooling vest/coat -  All sizes available here
Easidri Dog Cooling Jacket - All sizes available here
Prestige Dog Cooling Jacket - All sizes available here

Ice pods are another great way to keep your dog cool. Ice pods can be placed in your dog's bed or crate to help them stay cool. You can find ice pods for small animals here

snugglesafe cool padsCool mats work in a similar way to ice pods, by providing a cool surface for your dog to lie on. Cool mats can be beneficial for dogs who are unable to regulate their body temperature well, such as puppies, older dogs, and dogs with certain health conditions. You can find cool mats in various sizes available here

In addition to using cooling products, there are a number of other things you can do to help keep your dog cool in hot weather. These include making sure they have access to plenty of fresh water, avoiding exercise during the hottest part of the day, and providing them with shade to lie in.

Heatstroke is a serious condition that can occur when a dog's body temperature rises to dangerous levels. It can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, it is important to take immediate action. Move your dog to a cool, shaded area and wet their fur with cool water. Do not use ice water, as this can cause shivering, which can actually raise your dog's body temperature. You can also offer your dog small amounts of cool water to drink.

It is important to seek veterinary attention immediately. Heatstroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Here are some tips for walking your dog on hot pavements:

  • Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening when the pavement is cooler.
  • Avoid walking your dog on hot, sunny days.
  • Stick to shaded areas as much as possible.
  • Let your dog walk on grass or dirt whenever possible.
  • Test the pavement with your bare hand. If it is too hot for you to hold your hand on for 10 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog to walk on.
  • Carry water with you and offer your dog small drinks frequently.
  • Take breaks in the shade and allow your dog to cool down.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your dog safe and cool during hot weather.

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