When temperatures soar it’s  great to have a few tricks up your sleeve for keeping your dog cool in hot weather.

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Here’s our top 10 tips for keeping your dog cool (and entertained) in hot weather, as recommended by our kennel and welfare team:

  1. Always allow access to plenty of fresh drinking water
  2. Freeze treats in water then allow your dog to dig them out of the ice. Banana, carrot or dog biscuits all work well – the perfect canine lollipop!
  3. Put a paddling pool in your yard for your dog to play in, you can throw in toys to add to the fun!
  4. Walk your dog where there is access to clean water e.g. a clean stream
  5. Soak kibble in lots of water then stuff a kong or hollow bone and freeze it
  6. Allow your dog to play under a sprinkler or hose pipe
  7. Take your dog under the shade of a tree for a sniff about rather than a walk
  8. Take towels or a cool blanket which can be soaked regularly in cool water to drape over your dog
  9. Try to allow a breeze to circulate where your dog is resting by using a fan or open door as appropriate
  10. Finally, never leave your dog enclosed in a hot conservatory or car. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees outside, it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour in a car. Find more advice on the RSPCA website.

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