Beach dog

Top tips on keeping your older dog cool this summer

On hot sunny days, it’s not just us that get hot and bothered; our furry family feel it too.
Unlike us, dogs can’t sweat through their skin like we do and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Heat-related illness can occur when a dog is no longer able to maintain a safe body temperature. Luckily, there’s lots we can do to help keep them cool and enjoy the summer.

Dog on the beach

  1. Walking - Consider exercising your pet in the early morning or late evenings when temperatures are cooler
  2. Stay Hydrated - Encourage them to drink lots of water, leave bowls around the home and in the garden
  3. Shade - If your pet enjoys being outdoors, ensure they have a shady area to lounge in
  4. Paddling Pool - No, these are not just for children! If your pet enjoys playing in water, it’s good to fill a shallow pool so they can keep their paws cool!
  5. Cooling Mats - These are widely available in different shapes and sizes, you can even make your own with a cold damp towel

The PDSA’s advice is to be aware of the signs of heatstroke and seek medical attention if you think your dog is suffering.

Common signs:

  • Excessive panting
  • Dribbling
  • Wobbling and having trouble standing
  • Bright red gums

With dog insurance from Petwise you can choose from seven cover levels to find the right policy for you and your four-legged companion. There’s no upper joining age limit and no co-payment is applied regardless of the age of your pet.