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Do's and Don'ts for my pooch when the weather is hot

June 23, 2023 2 min read

Do's and Don'ts for my pooch when the weather is hot

We don’t often get really hot weather here in the UK, especially up north where we are, so it can be easy to forget what we should and shouldn’t be doing with our dogs in a heatwave.

It goes without saying that keeping your dog cool during hot weather is essential for their well-being. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you keep your pooch comfortable:


  1. Ensure that your dog has access to cool and clean water at all times. Consider placing multiple water bowls in different areas of your home and garden.

  2. Set up shady areas outdoors using parasols, canopies, or natural shade from trees. This will give your dog a cool spot to relax and escape the sun's heat.

  3. Avoid exercising or walking your dog during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, schedule outdoor activities for cooler times, such as early mornings or late evenings.

  4. Invest in cooling mats or pads specifically designed for dogs. These products are typically made with cooling gel or other materials that help regulate your dog's body temperature.

  5. Provide indoor cooling: Keep your home cool by using fans or opening windows to promote air circulation. Make sure your dog has a cool and comfortable area to rest in the house.

  6. If your dog enjoys water, lightly spray them with cool water or use a damp towel to dampen their fur. This can provide instant relief from the heat.


  1. Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even for a few minutes. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, leading to heatstroke or even death.

  2. Avoid strenuous activities or excessive exercise during hot weather. Overexertion can cause overheating and dehydration in dogs. Keep activities low-key and moderate.

  3. Pavements, especially tarmac ones can become scorching hot during summer. Walk your dog on grass or shaded areas to prevent burns on their paws. If you're unsure, use the "5-second rule" - place your hand on the surface for 5 seconds; if it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

  4. Always keep an eye on your dog when they are outside, especially in hot weather. This way you can notice signs of overheating or distress and take immediate action.

  5. While it may sound strange, a dog's coat can actually provide insulation and protect them from the sun's rays so don’t be tempted to shave their coat too short.

Remember, our dogs are all unique. One of our pets ability to tolerate heat may vary from the other so pay attention to their behaviour and watch for signs of heat stress, such as excessive panting, drooling and lethargy If you suspect your dog is overheating, try to cool him or her down. If in doubt, contact your vet for help and guidance.

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