How to cool down a dog in the heat - Top tips

SCORCHING temperatures and humid nights have taken over the UK, with temperatures soaring above 34C. Some pet owners have been expressing concern over the heat for their animals - so how can you cool a dog down?

Hot weather is baking the UK this week, with five days of temperatures exceeding more than 33C. While Britons are complaining of the humidity and sleepless nights, the temperatures can take their toll on man's best friend too.


With often thick coats and a desire to lay in the sun, heatstroke in dogs is all too common.

The hot weather is forecast to continue for the next few days, with temperatures continuing above 30C.

However there are some easy tips you can use to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy in the summer heat.

Battersea advises keeping pets cool is all about careful preparation and forward planning.

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How to keep dogs cool: Hot weather is baking the UK this week, with temperatures above 30C (Image: GETTY)

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How to keep your dog cool: Take your pooch for walks in the early morning or as the sun sets for a cooler experience (Image: GETTY)


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During the heat, there are some simple things you can do to ensure your dog doesn't overheat.

One major one is to plan any walks for when temperatures are at the coolest.

So avoid between 11am and 3pm, as this is when the heat is at its peak.

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You should also check the pavement to make sure it isn't too hot for dogs to walk on - as the pads on a dog's feet are sensitive and can burn.

How to keep your dog cool: Dogs licking ice cubes

How to keep your dog cool: Ice cubes can be a good way of cooling and hydrating your dog (Image: GETTY)

Battersea also advises for dogs -

  • Encourage them to stay in shaded areas and away from direct sunlight
  • Put down damp towels for them to lie on
  • Fill a hot water bottle with cold water
  • Put the garden sprinkler on
  • Keep a paddling pool in the shade for them to splash about in
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Make sure your dog has access to plenty of cool, clean water as well, and try to discourage any behaviour which could exert too much energy.

You could also freeze food or buy special dog ice cream for a cooling treat.

Another technique to keep dogs cool could be to keep games indoors like hiding toys and treats around the house.

Heatstroke can be deadly for humans and pets alike, and it is worth watching out for any symptoms in this hot weather.

How to keep your dog cool: Dog in paddling pool

How to keep your dog cool: Fill a paddling pool up and let your pooch splash around (Image: GETTY)

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • A rapid pulse
  • Excessive salivation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Loss of consciousness

Battersea cautions: "If you think your dog has heatstroke, you need to act fast.

"Take them to a cool, shaded area. Apply towels soaked in cold water to their head, neck and chest and let them drink water or lick an ice cube.

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"Never place them directly into ice cold water or give them too much to drink as they may go into shock."

If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, make sure you contact your vet or call Vetfone on 0303 334 0612 immediately.