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Keeping your dog cool in the summerKeeping your dog cool in the summer

Keeping your dog cool in the summer

Dogs can sometimes find it difficult to cope with hot weather, they cannot sweat to cool themselves down like we do, so they are more prone to heatstroke than humans. Heatstroke can be very serious for dogs, as their internal temperature rises it can cause damage and lead to organ failure.

According to the Kennel Club 1 in 7 dogs that are taken to the vet with heatstroke, die. All breeds of dogs can suffer from heatstroke, however, some are more susceptible than others.
Those most commonly taken to the vets with heatstroke include Chow Chows, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Dogue de Bordeaux, Greyhounds, Boxers, English Springer Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Golden Retrievers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Common symptoms of heatstroke

• Elevated breathing rates

• Dry or sticky gums

• Abnormal gum colour

• Appearing lethargic or disorientated

• Seizures

• Excessive drooling

• Collapsing

Common symptoms of heatstrokeCommon symptoms of heatstroke
What to do if your dog is showing signs of heatstrokeWhat to do if your dog is showing signs of heatstroke

What to do if your dog is showing signs of heatstroke

For the best chance of survival, dogs need their body temperature lowered immediately but gradually.

• Move the dog into a shaded/cool area, ideally well ventilated

• Pour water over the dog whilst avoiding the head (not too cool, around 15C - 16C is best)

• Allow the dog to drink some water but don't force them

• Call your vet

How to keep your dog safe in the heat

• Walk your dog in the early morning or evening and avoid the hottest parts of the day

• Remember the pavements on hot days can burn your dog's footpads, if it's too hot for you to place the back of your hand on a pavement for seven seconds then it's too hot for your dog to walk on!

• Always carry water and something for your dog to drink from

• Attach your dog's lead to a walking harness rather than a collar. This helps prevent any pressure on their airways, which can stop them from cooling down as effectively

• Use suncream on ears, lips and nose

• Brush your dog regularly to keep their coat thin and free from matts and knots

How to keep your dog safe in the heatHow to keep your dog safe in the heat
Keeping cool close to homeKeeping cool close to home

Keeping cool close to home

Keeping your dog cool in the summer and particularly during a heat wave is very important. Spending time in your garden during the day can help to cool you and your dog down.

• Ensure there's a water bowl for your dog to drink from, placed in the shade to keep it as cool as possible

• Ensure your dog has a shaded space to keep them out of the sun

Shop our new pet cooling range

In addition to water and shade, here at Mole Valley Farmers, we have launched a new range of pet cooling products that are all designed to make the summer both safe and fun for your dog.

Pools, sprinklers, toys, cooling jackets and mats are included in the range, available online and in selected stores.

Shop our new pet cooling rangeShop our new pet cooling range