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5 Hot Tips for a Healthy Pet During Warmer Weather

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it's important to remember that our pets need extra care during the warm weather. While we can sweat to cool down, pets mainly pant to stay cool. But when it's really hot, that might not be enough. Pets can overheat and get sick, especially if they don't have enough water or shade. 

Heatstroke is a serious problem and it can even be deadly, that's why it's important to keep reading this blog to explore 5 hot tips for keeping your pet healthy during warmer weather.

Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Dog mom offering fresh water to her labrador dog, ensuring he stays hydrated on a hot day

Water is very important for your pet's health, especially when it's hot outside. It's like their life support against the heat! Try infusing their water with a hint of tuna juice or low-sodium chicken broth to make it more appealing. You can also entice them with water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber or watermelon, cut into bite-sized pieces for a refreshing treat.

Always make sure your pet can get to fresh, clean water. Don't just stick to one bowl – give them a few options in different places, especially if they go in and out of the house. Here are 3 easy things you can do to help them drink more:

#1 Ice Cubes: 

Put some ice cubes in their water bowl. The cool water will be more tempting, and the ice will melt slowly, keeping the water cool for longer.

#2 Different Bowls: 

Try different types of bowls. Some pets prefer wider, shallower bowls, while others like taller, narrower ones. Try different ones to see what your pet likes best.

#3 Frozen Treats: 

Frozen treats made with their favourite wet food or broth are a fun way to help them stay hydrated. Just make sure they're not too sugary or salty.

Remember, always keep an eye on how much water your pet is drinking. If they're drinking less than usual, or their bowl is often empty, they might not be getting enough fluids. Talk to your vet if you're worried.

Be Smart About Outdoor Activities

A playful brown and white dog takes a dip in the river to cool off

Who wouldn't want to spend more time outdoors with their pooch when the weather gets warmer? But remember, safety comes first in the heat! Choose the cooler parts of the day for your adventures, like early mornings or late evenings to keep your dog comfortable. Set up shady spots with umbrellas or find natural shade under trees to give them a break from the sun. 

Protect their paws from hot surfaces by sticking to grassy areas, bring along plenty of water to keep them hydrated, and keep an eye out for any signs of overheating, such as excessive panting or lethargy. These simple steps ensure that your outdoor outings are enjoyable and safe for your dog this summer.

Helping Your Pet Cool Down

Dog seeking relief from the heat, with a relaxed expression

Consider creating a cool retreat indoors by setting up a designated area with tiles or cooling mats where your pet can lounge away from the heat. If they enjoy spending time outdoors, provide them with a shady spot under a tree or a canopy where they can relax without being exposed to direct sunlight.

Also, get creative with DIY cooling solutions. Freeze a damp towel and lay it out for them to lie on, or make a homemade cooling pad by filling a pillowcase with ice packs or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. These makeshift chill-out zones can provide instant relief from the heat and keep your pet comfortable throughout the day.

Watch For Signs of Heatstroke

Close-up photo of a dog's face with excessive panting and droopy eyes. These signs may indicate heatstroke

During hot weather, it's important to keep a lookout for signs that your pet might be feeling the heat a bit too much. Keep an eye on them for any unusual behaviour or symptoms that might suggest they're struggling to stay cool. Things like excessive panting, drooling as they've just seen a tasty treat, or acting more sluggish than usual could be red flags.

If you notice any of these signs, don't panic, but don't wait around either! It's time to spring into action and help them cool down ASAP. Find a shady spot, offer them a little sip of water (but not too much at once), and break out the cool, damp towels to gently lower their body temperature. No ice-cold baths though – that can do more harm than good!

If your dog isn't perking up or if you're feeling worried, don't hesitate to reach out to your vet for some expert advice because heatstroke is no joke.

Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car

A dog sticking its head out of a car window, looking out at the road

When you're hitting the road with your dog, it's important to make sure they're safe and comfortable for the journey. First thing, never leave your dog alone in a parked car, especially on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a car can skyrocket in a matter of minutes, posing a serious risk of heatstroke or worse.

Instead, opt for pet-friendly travel gear like an adjustable harness, carrier, or crate to keep your furry friend safe and secure during the ride. Make sure they're comfortable with plenty of fresh water and a cool, shady spot to relax. If you're going on a long trip, plan regular pit stops to stretch their legs, have a bathroom break, and maybe even enjoy a little snack (for both of you!).

And don't forget to buckle up! Just like you wouldn't drive without a seatbelt, your pet should be restrained too, whether it's with a seatbelt harness or a carrier secured in the back seat. This keeps them safe in case of sudden stops or accidents.


We hope these tips help you and your pooch stay cool, safe and happy throughout the summer months! Do you have any other tips for keeping your pet healthy this summer? We'd love to hear from you, share your favourite summer pet care hacks in the comments below!

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