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How to Keep a Pet Dog Cool on a Hot Summer Day

Updated on March 10, 2016
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Linda Crampton is a biology teacher, writer, and long-time pet owner. She currently has dogs, cats, and birds in her family.

Misha has a black coat. He gets hot in summer unless I take steps to keep him cool.
Misha has a black coat. He gets hot in summer unless I take steps to keep him cool. | Source

The Importance of Preventing Heat Problems in Dogs

Keeping a dog cool when the temperature soars is very important in order to prevent some unpleasant and even dangerous conditions. On hot days, dogs may not be able to pant fast enough to cool themselves down. Dogs don’t have sweat glands, except in small areas such as on the pads of their paws. They cool down mainly by panting, which releases evaporated water from their lungs and mouth, and by radiating heat from dilated blood vessels in their ears. If dogs overheat on a hot summer day they are at risk for developing dehydration, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, which can be deadly.

Misha is my black Labrador Retriever. I’m very concerned about stopping him from overheating, since his coat is dark and absorbs heat easily. Even dogs with coats that are light in colour can develop problems on hot days, however. I use a number of methods for keeping Misha cool when the temperature rises. These techniques should be helpful for other dogs, too.

It looks like this German Shepherd has found a good place to cool down.
It looks like this German Shepherd has found a good place to cool down. | Source

Early Morning Walk and Exercise

When the weather forecast is predicting a string of very hot days, I take Misha for a walk early in the morning at around 6 or 6:30 a.m. I find that if I leave the walk to 7 a.m. the day is already too hot. Getting up so early may sound onerous for some people, but I generally have to do it for only a short period of time. Misha and I walk on trails that are still in the shade of trees as much as possible. On hot days we don’t go for the more vigorous types of walks such as hill climbing.

When I go for a walk with Misha in summer, I take a small water bowl and flask of water with me in a little backpack. The local parks have dog bowls attached to the human water fountains, which is very nice, but there's always the chance that a water fountain won't work or that Misha will get thirsty before we reach the water fountain. I also prefer to give him water from a clean water bowl instead of from the fountain bowl.

Like the dog in the photo below, Misha loves to retrieve balls. If I want to give him a ball game in the garden when the weather is hot, I play with him very early in the day. Late in the evening the heat of the day is still present and the atmosphere is too uncomfortable to give him exercise.

Getting up early to walk or exercise a dog is not always practical. Techniques such as the ones listed below therefore become very important for keeping a dog cool.

Many dogs love playing with balls, but they can get overheated if they do this on a hot day.
Many dogs love playing with balls, but they can get overheated if they do this on a hot day. | Source

Choice of Walking Surface

There are some important points to remember about walks on hot days that some people may not think about. When a dog walks on very hot tarmac, asphalt, cement or even sand, their paw pads may get burned. Another important thing to consider is that the body of a dog with short legs is closer to the ground than the body of one with long legs. This means that there is less chance for the heat radiating from the ground to dissipate before it strikes the body of a short-legged dog.

Since the soles of our shoes often insulate us from the heat of a walking surface, it's a good idea to touch a surface with a hand before taking a dog on to it. A common recommendation is to place a hand on hot asphalt or another surface for ten seconds. If the hand can't be left there due to discomfort, the asphalt is too hot for the dog. A natural material such as grass or earth may be a better choice for a summer walk than a sidewalk or road.

Swimming in a backyard pool can be a great way for a dog to stay cool, as long as certain precautions are followed.
Swimming in a backyard pool can be a great way for a dog to stay cool, as long as certain precautions are followed. | Source

Keeping a Dog Cool During the Day

During the day I need to keep Misha cool, since we don’t have air conditioning. I put box fans where he likes to lie down. I periodically take him into the back garden to cool him down with the garden hose. (Make sure that the hose is made of a material that is safe for drinking water if you do this.) We also have a children’s padding pool to keep Misha and his Leonberger companion cool.

Inside the house, I dampen Misha down with a cold and wet towel or a spray bottle. Water bowls are distributed around the house to encourage him to drink and in case one is emptied without me noticing.

Another technique that I use to keep Misha cool is to take him to a nearby lake in my air conditioned car. The lake has an area reserved for dogs, so Misha can immerse himself in water and get thoroughly wet. He loves swimming in the lake to retrieve his ball and paddling in the shallow water when he needs a break from exercise.

It's a good idea to assess water quality and potential hazards such as ocean or river currents before a dog is allowed to enter the water. Some dogs are susceptible to experiencing ear infections after they swim in any type of water because their ears trap moisture. The ears of these dogs should be dried after they swim.

It's advisable to wash the salt off a dog's skin after he or she has been swimming in the ocean. The salt may irritate the skin. In addition, dogs shouldn't drink sea water.

A Siberian Husky in a swimming pool
A Siberian Husky in a swimming pool | Source

Chlorine in Swimming Pools and Dog Safety

Some people enjoy swimming in a backyard pool with their dog or letting the dog swim in the pool on their own. This is certainly a great way for a pet to cool down, but chlorine in the water may be irritating for some animals. The chemical is a common pool disinfectant.

While the concentration of chlorine in swimming pools isn't dangerous for dogs under normal circumstances, it can still cause health issues. The chlorine may irritate a pet's eyes, throat, breathing passages or skin. Another problem is that some dogs like to drink pool water, which may cause a stomach upset. It's very important that dogs don't have access to concentrated chlorine kept for use in a swimming pool. The concentrated chemical is toxic.

Safety tips around pools include the following.

  • Don't leave your dog unattended in the swimming pool.
  • Watch for any eye irritation in the dog (and for any difficulty in swimming or getting out of the pool).
  • Place a bowl of water by the pool for your pet to drink.
  • Don't allow the pet to drink water from the pool.
  • Wash your dog with tap water after he or she has finished swimming.

A beautiful dog in the water
A beautiful dog in the water | Source

Avoiding Overheating When a Dog is Left Alone

If a dog spends time outside on a hot day, a shady area and drinking water must be available. A garden or yard may sometimes be cooler than the inside of a home, but a dog's condition must be monitored frequently while he or she is outside. The dog should never be left outside for long periods and ignored. If a pet must be left alone indoors, thought must be given to how he or she will keep cool while the owner is away.

I never leave Misha alone in the car on a hot day, even with the windows open. The temperature inside a car can increase rapidly on a hot summer day, making the air much hotter than the surrounding environment. The interior of a car can be a dangerous place for both pets and children.

Every summer I hear the sad news that a dog has died in a hot car or was rescued too late for him or her to survive. It's very important that dogs aren't left in cars even on a warm day.

Two Boxers Play With a Hose on a Hot Day

Use a Cooling Pad or Bandana to Cool a Dog Down

Some pet stores sell cooling pads and beds for dogs to lie on or cooling vests for a dog to wear. These devices contain a cavity inside that can be filled with cold water. My family has found that the pads stay beautifully cool. However, despite the manufacturer's claims about the great strength of their pads, all the ones that we've tried have eventually developed a leak at the seams.

In the past, when Misha and I have gone for a walk in hot weather he has worn a cooling bandana around his neck. This device can be bought in many pet stores. The bandana is filled with polymer crystals. When the bandana is soaked in water, the crystals absorb water and the bandana expands, so it's important to buy the right size for the dog. Water slowly evaporates from the bandana, cooling the dog down.

I haven't used a bandana for a long while. The only time that I take Misha out in very hot weather now is if there is lots of water for him to swim in. A bandana may be useful for some dogs, though.

Ryan on his cooling pad
Ryan on his cooling pad | Source

Ice Cubes and Frozen Treats

I sometimes give Misha ice cubes to eat when it's very hot. It's an effective way to cool him down. I also put ice cubes in water bowls to cool the water down. Some people like to surround a treat with water and then freeze the combination in order to encourage the dog to eat ice on a hot day. Others create dog popsicles from ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, yogurt and beef or chicken stock or bouillon.

It's a good idea to consider the sugar and salt level in frozen treats. It's also important to be careful if a frozen treat contains a food that a dog has never eaten before. Ask a vet if you have questions about an ingredient in a recipe. In addition, small quantities of a new food should be introduced at first to see how a pet responds.

There are a couple of concerns about giving a dog ice or frozen treats. It's possible that crunching on hard ice could damage a dog's teeth. The chunks of ice shouldn't be too large for the dog to swallow. The pet should be watched when chewing the ice in case a chunk gets stuck and causes choking before it melts.

Frozen Beefy Treat Recipe for Dogs

Ice and Bloat

A few years ago, a rumour circulating on the Internet claimed that ice and ice water were dangerous for dogs because they could cause a potentially deadly stomach disorder called bloat. The claim resurfaces every summer. Vets say that the rumour isn't true, however. Although the cause of bloat isn't known, it has been associated with dogs eating large amounts of food or liquid very rapidly. Vets say that there is nothing special about ice that increases the risk of bloat.

According to vets, possible causes of bloat in dogs include eating rapidly, overeating, drinking too much fluid at one time, eating only one large meal a day and stress. Some vets say that vigorous exercise right before or just after eating is also a risk factor for bloat.

A dog looking for a stick to play with
A dog looking for a stick to play with | Source

What is Bloat, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or GDV?

Bloat is a very dangerous condition for a dog, so all dog owners should know something about the disorder. Bloat consists of two stages. In the first, a dog's stomach becomes distended with gas, a condition known as gastric dilatation (or sometimes gastric dilation). The expanded stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm. As in humans, a dog's diaphragm is the main muscle of breathing. As the diaphragm contracts, it moves towards the stomach in a process that expands the lungs during inhalation. If the movement of the diaphragm is blocked by an enlarged stomach, a dog may have difficulty breathing. The distended stomach may also press on a vein returning blood to the heart and interfere with blood flow.

Unfortunately, gastric dilatation is often only the first stage of bloat. In the second stage, the enlarged stomach twists on its long axis, a process known as torsion or volvulus. This action may interfere with the functioning of other organs and press on blood vessels, blocking blood flow to multiple places.

Gastric dilatation is a medical emergency. A vet may remove the gas with a tube extending down the esophagus and into the stomach or with a needle inserted into the stomach from the outside of the dog's body. The torsion stage is very dangerous and requires surgery as a treatment. It's very important to get a dog to a vet as soon as possible if bloat is suspected. The sooner the treatment begins, the better the outcome.

A Vet Describes Bloat and its Symptoms

Any type of dog can experience bloat, but the condition is most common in large breeds with deep chests. Some of the dogs at highest risk for bloat are Great Danes, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, Irish Setters and German Shepherds.

The Saint Bernard dog is one of the breeds that is most susceptible to bloat.
The Saint Bernard dog is one of the breeds that is most susceptible to bloat. | Source

Keeping a Dog Cool at Night

Misha often voluntarily goes down into the basement of our home on a very hot day. I make sure that there is water available for him there. The basement is much cooler than upstairs. If the weather is too hot for sleeping upstairs Misha and I move into the basement for the night, where we are much more comfortable. I sleep on a camp bed or an old mattress. (My dogs and I always sleep in the same room.)

Of course, not everyone has a basement to move into, so other techniques have to be used to keep a dog cool on a hot night. I find that an open window and a box fan are most effective for cooling a room without air conditioning. Box fans are getting harder to find where I live, however. Luckily, other types of powerful fans are available in some stores. Wet towels for the dog to lie on are also useful, if he or she will do this. A cooling pad for a dog bed would also help. The pet must be able to reach a water bowl during the night.

Another happy dog in a river
Another happy dog in a river | Source

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

If you take steps to keep your dog cool on hot days he or she should never develop heat-related illnesses, but it's good to know the signs, just in case. Old or overweight dogs and those with breathing problems are most susceptible to heat problems, but any dog can experience them.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • rapid and heavy panting
  • increased salivation and thick saliva
  • increased heart rate
  • vomiting and diarrhea.

If a dog with heat exhaustion isn't cooled down and then rehydrated, the condition can progress to heat stroke, a very serious condition.

A Dougue de Bordeaux playing with a stick in water
A Dougue de Bordeaux playing with a stick in water | Source

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Heat stroke is a dangerous condition and requires immediate attention to prevent organ damage and to save the dog's life. One sign of heat stroke is increased core body temperature. A dog's normal rectal temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (or 38 to 39.2 degrees Celsius). A rectal temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher is a medical emergency. A rectal thermometer is a useful device for a dog owner.

Other symptoms of heat stroke include the following.

  • The dog may be panting extremely rapidly or may stop panting altogether.
  • The gums may be dark red at first but may eventually turn pale or even develop a blue appearance (cyanosis).
  • The dog may drool.
  • The pulse may be rapid or irregular.
  • The dog may be disoriented and uncoordinated.
  • He or she may shake or experience seizures.
  • He or she may collapse and be unable to get up.
  • The dog may eventually lose consciousness.

A golden retriever staying cool in a pond
A golden retriever staying cool in a pond | Source

First Aid for Heat Stroke in Dogs

If a dog is experiencing heat stroke, immediate steps must be taken to lower his or her temperature. The dog should be taken to a cool, shady place, preferably with a fan in front of them. Wet and cool (but not icy cold) towels should be applied to the dog's body, especially the head and inner thighs. The dog could also be immersed in a tub of cool (but not icy cold) water. Water should be available for the pet to drink if they are able to.

It might seem logical that ice should be used to bring the dog's temperature down as quickly as possible, but vets say that ice can constrict blood vessels and create more problems.

The dog's temperature should be checked frequently to see if it's decreasing and also to discover whether the pet is becoming too cold. The dog must be taken to a vet after first aid treatment, even if the attempt to lower the dog's temperature is successful. The vet will continue to lower the pet's temperature if this is necessary and will also check for organ damage, which unfortunately may occur after heat stroke.

A Veterinarian Discusses Heat Stroke

Summer Fun

Summer can be a wonderful time for you and your dog, as long as you take steps to keep your pet cool both indoors and outdoors. You can still go for walks with your dog and he or she can still chase balls or frisbees, but you will probably need to plan exercise sessions carefully in summer. This effort is very worthwhile in order to keep your dog healthy and happy and to give both of you exercise and fun.

References and Further Reading

© 2011 Linda Crampton

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic hub with so many important ways to keep your pet cool during these hot months.

      My Newfs both like an ice cube now and then to chew on. They also like to hang out in the bedroom with the A/C going. I also have big contractor fans for them when they are not in the bedroom.

      Up, Useful and awesome!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Just Ask Susan! Newfs are great dogs. I love meeting them when I'm on a walk. I give Misha ice cubes to chew when it's hot too, and he loves them, but I was hesitant to describe this in my hub because I've read recently that chewing ice cubes can damage a dog's teeth. All the dogs in my family over the years have been given ice cubes to chew with no problems, and it's a wonderful way to cool a dog down on a hot day, so I'm going to continue doing it with Misha!

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      Kelcie Rae Dunn 6 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      Great hub! I always hate it when my poor baby is sitting outside panting, now I've got some more ideas! Thanks again!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, An Aberrant Taste. Dogs do look pathetic when they're hot and panting! I like to have a variety of techniques to cool my dog down on a hot day.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      My dog (Kal) loves this hub--and so do I! Thank you for presenting some very good methods for keeping dogs cool in the heat of summer! Kal says thank you for thinking of all of the K9 pals this summer, and mentioned wanting to join the pool party...

      Up and awesome Alicia. BTW, Misha is adorable!

      Cheers~

      K9

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      What great tips AliciaC! I'm a big advocate for the cooling bandana. My grandparents use them with their dogs and they make a huge difference! Thanks for sharing these helpful tips. It's hard for dogs in the heat because unlike kids or adults, they have a harder time telling us they're overheating- aside from panting and the like. I hope your advice makes a difference with some hot summer dogs :D

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, K9keystrokes and Kal! I appreciate your comment and vote. Misha would love Kal to join him in the pool. He loves canine (and K9) company!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Simone! Cooling bandanas are a wonderful invention. You're so right, we have to be observant and aware of a dog's signals that he or she is feeling uncomfortable, since the dog can't talk to us.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVED this hub. I was just thinking of this for my dog--the heat exhaustion thing, last Sunday when we were walking. I didn't think I was going to last and I know our dog, Beauty was also feeling the heat. Great job. Voted up/useful/interesting/awesome

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Denise. Thanks so much for the comment and the votes! I appreciate them. My favorite seasons are actually spring and very early summer. I don't like the summer heat, either for myself or for Misha. It hasn't been very hot so far this summer where I live, but that could change at any time!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very useful hub and share with us. You always come up with something information. I am proud to update your hub. Thank you very much. Vote up!

      Prasetio

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Prasetio! It's kind of you to comment and vote.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Every dog-owner and every dog must love this hub! It is full of useful tips on how to keep a dog cool. They do suffer in hot weather! I had a children's pool to my Leonberger and in real hot weather we started the garden hose sprinkle so he could pass by and cool off. Voted up, useful!

      Tina

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I have a cat, bot a dog, but a lot of the same tips are relevant to cats. I can't see Amy wearing a bandana, though. :)

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Tina. Thank you for the vote! Misha enjoys playing in the children's pool but doesn't like getting sprayed by the garden hose. I persuade him to accept it on hot days, though, because it's a big help in cooling him down.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, FloraBreenRobison! I have cats too, but they don't seem to be as bothered by heat as my dogs are. I watch the cats carefully on hot days, though, to see if they're getting uncomfortable. It would be very interesting to see them wearing bandanas!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Good tips!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks a lot for reading my hub and commenting, Maren Morgan M-T.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Great hub with lots of useful info. I am familiar with the cooling bandanas (recently bought one each for me, my son at college and my son in Afghanistan) but never thought to use it on a dog. But why not?

      Voted up and useful.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and vote, Danette. For me it's the opposite - I've seen and bought cooling bandanas for dogs but I've never seen them for humans! Thanks for the information.

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      Jay 6 years ago

      Cool tips A! Very useful.. Thanks for the info!

      Vote Up!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the vote, Jay!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is really great information. I love the idea of the cooling bandana, whoever thought of that? I have read news reports of people leaving the dogs in cars in the head and I could scream! why do people have to be so thoughtless? Also, when I go shopping, there is always a dog tied up outside, why do people take their dogs shopping? one was panting so hard the other day, if I could have provided him with some water, I would have done, Your dog must be a very happy canine! lol

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, Nell. The way that some people treat their dogs is so sad. Every summer I hear reports of people leaving dogs in cars on a hot, sunny day, with just the windows cracked for air. It's good when someone notices and calls the SPCA or someone else to rescue the dog, but sometimes nobody does notice, or nobody does anything about it.

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      purplepoodles 5 years ago from Florida

      Good information! I'm going to get my standard poodle a cooling bandana tomorrow. I'm hoping that will make him come out of the air conditioning for more than just a few minutes. I love to be outside but after just a few minutes in the heat, he runs back to the door and want to get back inside. He is soooo spoiled! We live in Florida and the rest of the year he loves the outdoors.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, purplepoodles. I hope your dog feels better outside once he's wearing his cooling bandana! I've wanted to have a standard poodle as a pet for a long time. They're lovely dogs.

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I have a small mutt, and he is not in good health -- so I end up carrying him for part of our walks. I worry about the folks that run with their dogs -- the humans are getting in shape, but the dogs cannot get enough hydration.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit, Truckstop Sally. I share your feelings. I get especially concerned when I see a dog running beside their owner who is cycling on the trails near my home. Some of the cyclists travel quite fast, with their poor dog running beside them to keep up with his or her tongue hanging way out of their mouth. I'm sure that some of the cyclists check on their dog occasionally and stop to give the dog a rest and water, or slow down periodically, but I worry that not all of them do.

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      fashion 5 years ago

      This is very informative hub,Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, fashion. I love dogs and get concerned when I see a dog suffering from the heat.

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      Debbie Carey 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Very good information! We have our dogs outdoors and with the current temp at 95 at midnight, I am concerned that they are not getting a chance to cool off even after dark. We have added ice cubes to their water bowls and have even created a "pool" of water for them to cool off in. It somehow doesn't seem enough. Thanks for the signs of heat related problems for them! Voted up and useful!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, prektjr.dc. My goodness - a temperature of 95 at midnight must be very uncomfortable for humans as well as dogs! Good luck with keeping your dogs cool. I hope the temperature soon drops where you live.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub with lot of great and valuable information to keep your pets cool in the hot weather ! I put ice cubes in my dogs water and keep her can food in the refrigerator to keep it cool, it makes it very refreshing when she eats her food on the hot days .

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, kashmir56. I use the ice cubes-in-the-water trick too - it does encourage Misha to drink! Thank you for the tips and the comment.

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      You have beautiful dogs Alicia, you are very lucky! Unfortunately, even in our poor summers here in the UK there are newspaper reports of dogs dying because they have been left in the back of hot cars - even one police dog handler is being investigated. So thanks for the tips on how to keep our canine friends cool in the hot weather

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, CMHypno. That's shocking that a police dog handler is being investigated for leaving his or her dog in a hot car! How could they treat their companion and helper so thoughtlessly and carelessly?!

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      jasper420 5 years ago

      great hub I will show this to my sister she has four little dogs and is always concerned about them with the heat good tips this is a well put togeather hub and very informative great job!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks a lot for the comment, jasper420. Looking after four dogs must keep your sister very busy!

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      TheEpicJourney 5 years ago from Fairfield, Ohio

      Great Hub AliciaC, fantastic tips! I'd heard of the cooling bandanas for people. I didn't know they make them for dogs!! I have an alaskan malamute and do a lot of outdoors stuff with her. I'm also always worried about her overheating. One thing I do is carry a camelback. I have a nozzle on it that allows me to simply squeeze it and then water pours out and she can drink right from the little stream. This way I can carry a lot more water :). Very imformative hub! I am going to provide a link to it in my hub on exercise where I mention overheating!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the link, TheEpicJourney!! It must be hard to keep your dog cool with her dense coat. I have a camelback-style pack, but I've always used it as a regular backpack. I bought it because I thought the shape looked comfortable to carry, which it is. I really should use the pack for its proper purpose! Thanks for the good idea.

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      melodyandes 5 years ago

      Cool and interesting hub.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, melodyandes.

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      Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Alicia,

      Thanks for sharing very useful everyday tips that can be adopted to save our dogs from getting heat stroke. I enjoyed reading your article Thanks

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, afriqnet. I appreciate your visit!

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      I've never heard of the cooling bandanas before - I shall look out for them. Despite the dismal summer here in the UK, our dog heats up really quickly as soon as there is a break in the clouds. We do take water for her to drink, but she won't ever go into water to cool down, so we try to plan shady routes to keep her out of the sun.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Judi. That must be frustrating when there's water available and your dog won't go into it to cool down! I find the cooling bandana very useful on a hot day, since Misha is black in color and heats up quickly.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      We have a little pool for our dog. It really helps him cool down. Thanks for sharing the signs of heat stroke. It is really useful. Voted up. :-)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment and the vote, ignugent17. My dog likes his little pool too! It certainly does help to keep him cool.

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      JP Carlos 23 months ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Our Labrador loves ice in her water bowl. And when she gets the chance she loves splashing in puddles. Of course it is bath time afterwards.

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      Linda Crampton 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your Labrador seems to love water as much as mine! Thanks for the comment, jpcmc.

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      Kta 13 months ago

      Hello, its also good to fill balloon whit water and put it in the freezers, dogs like to lick it and at the same time getting cooler

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      Linda Crampton 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This could be helpful, as long as the balloon is peeled off the ice before it's given to a dog. The balloon material would be dangerous if a dog swallowed it. I would also be concerned about a dog trying to swallow big chunks of ice from the block instead of simply licking the ice.

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      sandar 3 months ago

      I just love this blog. Actually I fed up with searching how to groom my dog. When I look over this site, it's very clear about grooming. From now I myself groom my bunny.

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad you find the site useful, sandar.

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