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#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:31:34 AM(UTC)

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Top Tips for Cool Dogs

Rumour has it that this warm spell we’ve experienced this May, could extend into June, July, August and even early September. Now, we’re not ones to make promises we can’t keep so we’re not saying this is a definite, but we’re hoping it is and as such we’ve put together some top tips for helping you dog be cool this summer.

We’ll leave you to do the research on the dog sunglasses and dog goggles because, to be honest, it’s well worth it just for the pictures (the MyPetBadge team are always aiming to make you smile). We also know that you would never leave your dog in the car (not even for 10 minutes) in the summer so we’re not going to talk about that either – that’s not a tip, that’s common sense.

Keeping Cool…

In the summer, walking your dog early or late in the day is going to be so much more pleasurable for both of you. If it’s really hot, shortening the length of your walk or reducing playing time really helps keep your dog happier.

Think about taking your dog for a summer haircut. Dogs don’t sweat so having shorter hair will help them stay cool. There are also a number of ‘cool coats’ on the market – these tend to either be gel based ones (heavier for the dog) or ones that you soak in water so the natural process of evaporation cools your dog down. Let us know what works for you!

Ice. Ice in water bowls can encourage your dog to drink more, crushed ice to play with can be fun too. Some larger dogs enjoy having a whole ice cube straight from the freezer – the odd one now and then can be good as crushing them helps clean their teeth. Too much ice can make dogs bloat or vomit so find what suits your dog. You can also freeze treats into ice-cubes and, if your dog likes it, freeze little balls of melon as extra occasional treats.

Water play! A solid plastic paddling pool or the hosepipe (please use water responsibly!) can be great fun for your dog and all the family. Just remember that inflatable pools and dogs aren’t a good combination!

Keeping Well…

Your dog may not want to each so much when it’s really hot (like us) so go with it. Remember to take extra water out on walks (there are some great gadgets that combine a water bottle and bowl available) and always make sure there’s a shady place for your dog to rest, wherever you are.

Short haired dogs with light fur can need sunscreen – check with your vet for a brand they recommend.

Make sure you keep a close eye on your dog for stuck grass seeds (especially if you’ve been walking in long grass), ticks and other bugs. Some you may be able to remove yourself but always consult your vet if you’re not sure.

Try and distract your dog if they start chasing bees or wasps – it’s easier than dealing with a sting. Bee stings can be bathed in a solution of bicarbonate of soda and water, wasp stings with lemon juice or vinegar.

And finally, if your dog is hot and grouchy, give them some space! Even the most child friendly, placid dog can feel a bit out of sorts when it’s hot – so a shady space, lots to drink and helping them keep cool is the best way to show them they’re loved.

What are your top tips for keeping your dog happy in the summer? – do let us know!
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