**11 tips to keep your dog cool on a hot day**

So we’ve been blessed with some beautiful English sunshine and unusually hot weather, but sometimes our pets just can’t cope in the heat.

So here are some tips on keeping our furry friends cool:

  1. Bathe their feet in cold water. Dogs absorb heat (and ‘sweat’) through their feet, so by keeping their feet cool, their body temperature can decrease.
  2. Keep a cool towel for them to lie on. You can get cooling mats, but a cool wet towel will help keep their body cool and they’ll thank you for it.
  3. Provide shade. Always make sure they have a shaded area to lie in and keep the rays off them. If you have a paddling pool, all the better! Make sure they get their stomachs wet as this helps to cool them off.
  4. A fan with a bowl of ice in front of it can be very effective.
  5. Add ice cubes in their water bowl. They may melt quickly, but they will help to keep their water at a nice temperature.
  6. Buy a cooling vest – these are fitted with ice packs to cool their body.
  7. Give them a trim – if you have a long haired doggy trim their coat to help reduce the amount of fur.
  8. Walk them at the coolest time, so early morning or late at night. Dogs absorb heat through their feet, so try and only walk them on pavements at the coolest time of day.
  9. Never muzzle a dog during hot weather as it restricts their ability to pant.
  10. Never ever leave your dog in a car during hot weather. Even a few minutes can be disastrous.
  11. If you suspect your pet may have heatstroke get them to the vets as soon as possible, as it can be dangerous.

Enjoy the warm weather while you can, as you never know what’s around the corner with our English weather!