7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool, Happy and Hydrated on Holiday
For many pet owners in the UK, the summer holidays are just around the corner – and so are some of the highest temperatures ever recorded!
With over a third of dog owners now choosing to bring their furry friends on holiday, many of us will want to make the most of the weather with our pooches, but we need to put extra care into making sure our pets are happy and hydrated. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or hiking up a mountain, follow our top tips to keep your pets cool and comfortable on your summer travels!
1. Take extra care when walking your dog on hot, sunny days. The ground can get so hot in summer that it can burn dogs’ paws. Have you ever been unable to walk barefoot on a beach because you can’t stand the heat? Follow the five-second rule and place the back of your hand on the floor for five seconds. If you can’t stand it, neither can your pet! Try and avoid walking your dog during the hottest hours of the day, and stick to forests and shaded areas wherever possible.
2. Everybody knows you should never leave your dog in the car in warm weather – even for a few minutes. What fewer people know is that the same applies to caravans! Just like a car, the temperature inside can be double the temperature outside, so opening a window simply isn’t enough to keep a car or caravan cool.
3. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water, wherever you are. When you’re exploring somewhere remote, it can be difficult to get hold of clean water, and thirsty dogs will drink anything they can find! The Rosewood Leaf Travel Drinking Bottle is the ideal solution for keeping your furry friend hydrated on the move. With a portable drinking dispenser and handy carabiner clip, you can attach it to leads, bags and travel crates, making it perfect for any hike or road trip.
4. Can’t find a shady spot? Invest in some cooling products that you can bring with you on days out. Ruffwear’s Swamp Cooler Vest naturally evaporates heat, keeping your dog cool. Simply soak the vest in cold water, wring it out, and put it on your pooch! The Danish Design Cooling Mattress is filled with a pet-friendly, non-toxic gel that’s cool to the touch, and can keep your pet cool for up to an hour. It can be used as a pet’s bed, or on top of their current bed for maximum cooling and comfort.
5. Make sure you’re stocked up on enough food and snacks to keep your pooch happy for the whole holiday. Stick to the same food and meal times that your dog is used to at home, so that their daily routine isn’t disrupted. The collapsible Beco Travel Bowl’s compact design ensures that you can take it anywhere, so your pet will never miss a meal or drink whilst exploring the great outdoors!
6. It’s your dog’s holiday too –give them a special cooling treat! Whether they’re chewing on a Chillax Cool Bone Toy, or enjoying some refreshing Woof & Brew Pawsecco Freeze Pops, your dog will appreciate any extra efforts to keep them cool. You can even treat them to a foldable Rosewood Cool Down Dog Pool, which is packaged in its own bag with handles – ideal for transporting to a dog-friendly holiday cottage!
7. Sunscreen isn’t just for humans – dogs burn too! Petkin’s Dog Suncream Sun Mist is an ideal way to keep your dog cool and protected on hot and hazy summer walks. The heavy-duty Petkin SunWipes are formulated especially for dogs, and contain SPF 15 sunscreen to protect your pet from the fur right down to the skin. Light-coloured dogs and dogs without dark pigmentation around their nose, eyes and ears and nose are the most likely to suffer so if this applies to your pooch take extra care.
We’d love to hear how you keep your dogs cool throughout hot summer holidays. Is there something you do that we’ve missed? Check out the comments below from our pet pals for even more top advice…