8 ways to keep your dog cool in the heatwave

As lovely as the hot weather is at the moment, it's also a bit too much at times - but imagine having to cope with it in a fur coat.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 4:12 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd July 2019, 5:12 pm
Keeping your dogs cool this summer.

Celebrity vet Rory Cowlam has given his top tips on how to keep your pet dog cool during this heatwave.

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Make sure that the water is clean though and dry them off after, especially their ears. Remember if you wouldn't swim in it, neither should your dog.
Avoid the hot parts of the day. When you go out and about put your hand on the pavement and make sure it's not too hot. Stick to the mornings and evenings.
DO NOT take your dog in the car. The heat gets super hot, super quick. Dogs are rubbish at cooling themselves down and they really can die from this.
Be creative by getting an ice cube tray, adding a few bits of meat, veggies, fruit... whatever you like, and then top up with low salt meat stock.
Stay hydrated! If you're going out and about, make sure to take plenty of fresh cold water.It's handy to take a portable bowl with you.
Avoid too much exercise. Over-exercising your dog in the summer can make them uncomfortable and can be dangerous.
Tailor their dinner portions to how much exercise they're getting.
Don't throw sticks, yes... really. Sticks cause all sorts of injuries including life-threatening wounds! You're much better throwing a ball.