Keeping Dogs Cool In The Heat

Keeping Dogs Cool In The Heat

It’s that time of year again, summer again, and it’s hot, hot, hot.  It’s very easy this time of year for dogs to overheat.  Here’s some ways to keep the dogs cool in the heat.

Keep Your Dogs Out Of The CarBritish Bulldog

I’ll keep this one short, because it just makes common sense.  However, since some people leave there dogs in the car every years, resulting in pet deaths every year, it does bear mentioning.

The temperature can get to 150 degrees in a car with the windows closed.  Even with windows cracked open, it’s going to get way too hot for a person, never mind a dog.  They have fur, and they can only sweat through their mouth and their paws.  So never leave your dog alone in the car to go get anything, even for a little bit.

Better yet, leave your dog at home, unless you’re it is essential to take your dog with you, like you are on vacation and the dog must come with you.  That way you avoid the risk altogether.

Keeping Your Dog CoolYoung energetic dog on a walk. Siberian husky.

Always have some water around and a bottle around.  Like us, dogs are 70% water, it’s easy for them to get dehydrated.  It also helps the sweat glands in the mouth keep them cool if their mouths are getting dry.  Another option is to wet your dog down when they’re outside, so that the evaporating water cools them off just like our sweat.

Of course there’s the tried and true, keeping your dog in shade.  Simple, basic, and essential.  It can stay 20 degrees ,or more, cooler in the shade than in the sun.  This especially holds true if you are going to keep your dog outside during the day. 

We all know how different it feels in the shade, so it’s even more true for your dog.  Better yet, keep your dog inside, or at least in a structure that has a top cover to it so it provides a solid block of shade, instead of a dappled one.  Keep the air conditioner on as well as the fans when it’s really hot.

It’s better when giving your dog, cool, but not cold, water.  If water is too cold, it may be harmful to your dog.  If your dog is approaching heat stroke, then use cold water.


Keep any exercise short, provide water, and soak your dog, if your dog must play.  Keep them in the shade too, stay out of the sun, which is not only hotter, but can burn in the sun, just like us. Also, whether at play or not, keep your dog off the pavement.  It not only makes things hotter, I know when my bare feet hit sun soaked pavement, my feet begin to burn.  They same thing happens to your dog.

BedtimeBlack Labrador Retriever Dog with Ball in Small Pool

There are plenty of commercial beds out there that are designed to keep your dog cool.  They have a gel material and or water to keep them cool.

Go To The Creek (or lake, or river)

When possible take your dog not the nearest swimmable body of water there is.  Your dog will stay cool and have a lot of fun at the same time.  If you don’t have one of these nearby.  Use a kiddie pool, or something like it, filled with water, but dump and refill regularly to avoid stagnant water.

When To Go For Walks

During the summertime heat, go for walks early in the morning, or later, in the evening.  Bring water with you, and make sure the walk isn’t overly long, especially if your dog is overweight.  An overweight dog is more prone to heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. 

Trim Your Dog’s Fur

Trim any excess fur, but do not shave it off, as your dogs fur itself acts as a temperature regulator.

Water and FoodLabrador Retriever

Drinking water is a good way to cool off, but make sure they don’t drink too much or too fast, or they could get sick.  Make sure not to give your dog food either and hour before or an hour after going out in the heat and/or exercise.


Overheating and Heat Stroke

If your dog’s panting can’t get rid of heat quickly enough, you dog’s temperature can rise to a dangerous level.  Heat exhaustion can happen if you exercise your dog too much, or he has simply been out in the heat too long.  Heat exhaustion itself is not dangerous, but it is a warning sign to get your dog cooled off.  A dog with heat exhaustion may collapse, vomit, or have muscle cramps.

If your dog has heat stroke you see the following:  drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, mental dullness or loss of consciousness, uncoordinated movement, and collapse.  Pretty much it is a worsened version of heat exhaustion, so you need to act fast when you see it happen, things can worsen in minutes.

If your dog has heat stroke, move your dog out of the heat immediately.   Then take a blanket or a bunch of towels and soak him them in cool, not cold water, and wrap them around your dog.  Keep changing and reapplying for as long as it takes to reverse your dog’s overheating.  Focus cool water for your dog’s feet and mouth.

Heatstroke can develop in just a few minutes, when their temperature rises to 108 or higher.  This is very dangerous, your dog can die if not cared for immediately. Get him to a veterinarian.


Summing It Updog on the grass

For the next few months it’s important to remember that dog’s do not cool off as well as we do.  Keep your dog in the shade, in the air conditioner if possible.  Keep your dog cool by providing them cool water, not cold.

Remember, your dog cools off through his feet, and by panting through the mouth.  Focus on this two areas when applying cooling water to keep a dog from over heating or getting heat stroke.

I hope you learned from this article.  Feel free to leave comments, I will get back you.

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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer – Pets WebMD

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4 thoughts on “Keeping Dogs Cool In The Heat”

  1. I am really pleased that you have shared this information especially as i believe that the dog owners population has increased over this covid – 19 period so I d imagine there are a lot of owners that do not know this information. I enjoyed ready this article too as I am looking at buying a new puppy so I am reading up on lots of information to ensure that I can provide a good home. The takeaway for me is about the paws and panting and if you read this on your pet you cannot go too far wrong with a little common sense.

    I really enjoyed reading this about keeping dogs cool.

    Thank you 

    • Thank you for your reply, and I’m glad you find this information useful.  I wish you all the luck in your puppy hunt!

  2. Thanks for the interesting article! If I can ask you for a suggestion…the black curtains that allow you to keep the window open and to darken the car can be useful in the short term (no more than 10 minutes of course) if I can’t bring the dog with me?

    • It probably would help somewhat, but it would still be too hot for a dog.  You could try it if it’s your only option, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  I’d just keep your dog at home.


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