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5 Top Tips for the summer using our favourite dog cooling products

Warmer weather and sunnier days are finally upon us. While that can be great for us humans, it's not always as fun for our furry four-legged friends! Especially if they are not kept cool and hydrated.

Heatstroke is a serious matter, and according to statistics, a third of people do not know the symptoms to look out for. The symptoms can include restlessness and pacing, heavy panting, excessive drool with sticky saliva, red tongue, high heart rate, and digestive issues such as vomiting. 

Luckily, there are a number of dog cooling products and easy tricks which will help protect your dog from the heat. Within this article, we provide WOOOF's 5 Top Tips to keep your dog cool and comfortable during the summer months!

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Tip 1: Invest in a cooling mat for your dog

Dog cooling mats are a real game-changer in the summer months and are must have dog cooling products. They are filled with a water or non-toxic gel that is pressure-activated, meaning it will get cooler under the pressure of your dogs weight. This means that your canine companion can retreat to a cool surface to regulate their body temperature, reducing the risks of overheating.

The Dog Cooling Mat will keep your furry friend refreshed and ready to play. It is durable and puncture resistant, can be easily folded away when no longer needed, and can be used indoors or outdoors - the choice is yours. 

Tip 2: Ensure your dog stays hydrated

Did you know that 75-80% of your canine companions body is made up of water? It's true! To stay healthy, a dog must have one ounce of water per pound of their body weight each day.

Some clever ways to ensure your dog stays hydrated include:

  • Add Water: Applying a few tablespoons of water to any dog food will ensure more moisture goes into your dogs body. We also recommend trying out Pawer Water, a hydrating supplement for dogs that dissolves into their bowl of water to help with hydration.
  • Fruity treats: Water-filled fruits such as watermelon and strawberries are a great treat for your dogs during the summer months. Although, remember fruit contains sugar so moderation is key.
  • Pupsicles: We all love a good ice lolly or ice cream when the weather is hot, so your furry friend will too! Freezing fruits and veggies is one of the best cheapest options to keep your dog happy and hydrated. Although these are not part of the dog cooling products range try these fun dog themed silicone mats to create an ice treat for your pup!
  • Smoothies: Hydrating smoothies are a refreshing alternative to water. Furr Boost dog drinks are a 100% natural and complement your dogs daily water intake.
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Tip 3: Regularly groom your dog

Regularly grooming your pup is important as it ensures their fur coat remains clean and free of knots. 

Through regular grooming, your dog will also stay cool during the warmer months. This is because grooming helps your dog regulate their body temperature, preventing heatstroke.

Did you know brushing your dog will also help them stay cool? Regular brushing will remove any mats within your dogs fur. These mats can trap moisture caused by the humidity and could irritate your pups skin, so never underestimate the importance of a good brush.

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Here is our must-have selection of grooming tools:

Tip 4: Avoid the mid-day heat with your dog!

During hotter weather, it's best to take your dog for a walk during the early morning or later in the evening. 

Always remember to check the temperature of the ground first. If it feels too hot for your hand, then it'll be too hot for your poor dogs paws too. Another way to tell is by pouring water on blacktops, if it steams up then the ground is definitely too warm for your dog to walk on. 

It's predicted that a dog's water requirements double when exercising in warm weather. Taking this into consideration, make sure to bring a portable water bowl or water bottle so you can provide your furry pal frequent water breaks during the walk. 

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Tip 5: Use toys and treats to entertain your dog

When the temperatures are high, your dog may not be getting as many walks as he or she is used to. As dog owners, we need to find other ways to use up our dogs mental and physical energy, and keep them entertained. 

One way to do this is through the use of dog toys. For example, hiding toys and encouraging your furry friend to sniff them out, can be a mentally-stimulating game for your dog to take part in. Dog enrichment or puzzle toys are also a fantastic option to exercise your dog's brain, and can actually tire them out just as much as a dog walk!

Here are our picks for dog cooling products!

We hope our Top 5 Tips help you to keep your furry friends cool over the next few months. 

Please see below for some of our wonderful selection of dog cooling products that will help to keep your dog comfortable this summer! 

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