With the recent heatwaves that have been striking the United Kingdom, as well as other parts of the world, and reports for more to come, it is important you take extra care of your furry friend. Here are some recommendations to keep your best friend happy, healthy and cool on a hot day.

Top Tips to keep dogs cool:

  • Ensure they have access to plenty of clean drinking water.
  • Try to go for walks in the mornings and evenings rather than midday and plan your route where there are shaded areas.
  • Before going on walks, test the temperature of the pavement – if it is hot to touch for you, it will be hot for your dog.
  • If you notice signs of overheating such as heavy panting, lots of drooling or tiredness, find a shaded area, stop for a drink of water and allow time for your dog to rest a little.
  • If your dog is prone to sunburn, provide a light dog jacket or shirt to protect their skin from the sun’s rays.
  • If your dog is staying inside, you can to keep the windows open with the blinds closed.
  • Never leave your dog in a car.
  • Make tasty ice treats.

Here is an easy trick for tasty treats for your dog:

Any dog-safe fruits or vegetables can be mashed or pureed in a blender and mixed with yoghurt in an ice cube tray (even better if you have a doggy-bone shaped one). The mixture can then be frozen in a freezer to create a delicious snack that will keep your friend cool.

Some favourite fruits are:

  • Watermelon (de-seeded and peeled)
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened Strawberries
  • Apple (de-seeded and cored)

It is popular for many owners to combine their fruit or vegetables with peanut butter to add additional sweetness to the treats. If this is something you plan on doing, make sure your peanut butter has no sugar and no xylitol which is an artificial sweetener that’s poisonous to dogs, to keep your pooch smiling.

The TailTale device has been designed with your dog’s feelings in mind. With a tried and tested built-in thermometer and heart rate monitor, you can better understand how your dog is feeling on those hot summer days!