With temperatures reaching the high 30s and sometimes 40s, it’s really important to know how to keep pets cool. Failing to do so could lead to seizures, a coma and even death — dogs overheat quite easily, so reading these tips on how to keep pets cool in summer could be lifesaving!

Ensure their water bowls are in the shade and they have shade to rest in.

Don’t lock them in garages and NEVER leave your dogs in the car.

Walk them in the cool or early mornings or later in the evenings. Hot tar causes terrible burns on their pads.

Double coated breeds, like Labradors, German Shepherds, Huskies and Pomeranians, don’t necessarily need to be shaved, because they moult in the summer. It is important though to brush them regularly to get rid of excess (warm) hair.

Freeze some large blocks of ice, you can even add some of their food before freezing and let them enjoy their own ice licks.

Dogs pant to cool down as they can’t sweat. Look out for the following warning signs that will teach how to recognise overheating in your pet:

Excessive drooling
Blood shot eyes
Seems very tired or weak

It’s important to note that certain short-nosed breeds like pugs and bulldogs, can’t pant properly and are more prone to dehydration, so you need to be extra vigilant with these dogs.