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Beat the heat: 5 tips to keep your dog cool this summer

As that Jordanian summer ramps up, our pups are more and more vulnerable to heatstroke and other complications.

Here are 5 tips to help you keep your dog cool this summer:

1. Provide plenty of fresh water

This seems pretty obvious, but it is the easiest thing you can do. Make sure your dog's bowl always has plenty fresh, clean water in it. You can add ice cubes to their bowl too! Some doggos love chronching on cubes. Think about putting multiple water bowls around your home and outside spaces to ensure your dog can easily access water wherever they go.

2. Keep them indoors during the hottest parts of the day

When temperatures soar, it's best to keep your dog inside during the hottest parts of the day, typically from mid-morning to late afternoon. Keep your home cool by using fans or air conditioning. If your dog must be outside, make sure they have access to a shaded area and plenty of water. If your dog it normally outside, consider letting them have access to a room or two during the most extreme tempteratures.

3. Avoid hot surfaces

Walking on hot pavement or asphalt can burn your dog's paws and cause discomfort. Stick to grassy areas or walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when surfaces are cooler.

It's an easy check to see if the ground is too hot. Take your shoe off and place your foot on the ground. If you can't keep your foot down, neither can your dog.

If you absolutely must go out during the hotter hours, consider getting your pup some shoes. They are practical, and oh! so fashionable. Check out Nutmeg's cool kicks below!

4. Provide cooling aids

There are many products available to help keep your dog cool, like cooling mats, bandanas, and vests. You can also make your own DIY cooling aids, such as freezing a damp towel for your dog to lie on or filling a kiddie pool with water for them to splash in.

5. Watch for signs of overheating

It's important to know the signs of overheating in dogs, which can include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If your dog shows any signs of overheating, move them to a cool area, provide water, and consider contacting your veterinarian for further advice.

Remember, keeping your dog cool during hot weather is essential for their health and wellbeing. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your furry friend stays comfortable and safe during the summer months.

Always keep an eye on your dog's behaviour and call your vet if you notice any signs of overheating!

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