While we’re soaking up the rays and enjoying barbecues, beach trips and endless sunshine, we can often forget that our furry friends feel the heat too, often more than we do.
As pet owners ourselves, we’ve put together some easy tips on how to keep your pets cool and comfortable during the warmer months:
Protecting Paws from Hot Surfaces
Heading to the beach is a Kiwi tradition, but before your pup hits the sand, check if it’s too hot. Place your hand on the surface – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. Consider early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. And of course, don’t forget the doggy sunscreen for those exposed bellies and noses!
Cool Canine Solutions
Invest in some pet-friendly cooling products. From cooling mats and vests to frozen treats like cubes of stock, there are plenty of effective ways to help your pet beat the heat. Try dampening their collar for a quick cool-down, or take them for a swim.
A Splash of Fun
If your doggo loves the water, set up a kiddie pool in the backyard. Not only does it provide a refreshing dip, but it also keeps them entertained for hours. Just be sure to supervise and never leave them unattended around water.
How to Know if Your Pooch is Overheated
Our canine companions can’t communicate with words, so it’s crucial to pay attention to their body language. If your dog is excessively panting, drooling more than usual or seems lethargic, these could be signs of overheating. Keep an eye out for red gums and a rapid pulse as well. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to cool things down. It’s fun to play fetch with your dog, but endless amounts of exercise in the midday heat can be dangerous for animals.
Soothing the Itch
Summer often brings itchy skin for our four-legged friends. Keep an eye out for hot spots, and if your pet has a tendency to scratch, consider an oatmeal bath or a soothing pet-friendly moisturiser. Regular grooming can also help prevent matted fur, which can contribute to discomfort in the heat.
Mind the Ground
We all know that the pavement can sizzle in the summer sun. Before embarking on a walk, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet. Opt for grassy areas or choose cooler times of the day for walks.
Last but certainly not least, keep that water bowl full! Dehydration can sneak up on pets quickly in the heat. Ensure your furry friend has constant access to fresh, clean water. You can also add ice cubes for an extra chill factor.
Taking your dog to the beach?
From December to March most beaches prohibit dogs between 10am-5pm. If you’re unsure about your local beach, and where and when you can walk to your dog, check out this page from DOC for more information.