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How To Keep Your Dog Cool: Battling Those Hot Summer Days

hot dog on a napkin

Let me tell you, this summer in Valencia has been one for the record books. We’ve had more scorching hot days than I can count, with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees Celsius (that’s a whopping 104 degrees Fahrenheit for our American pals!). It’s been a real challenge, especially for us to ensure we keep our dogs cool, safe and comfortable.

Like most pet parents, we’ve been extra cautious and have limited the time Obi and Alfie spend outside. We’re lucky to live close to the dog beach, and that’s been a lifesaver. Taking the pups for a dip in the cool water almost every morning has been a highlight for all of us. But, and it’s a big but, that short walk from home to the beach on scorching hot concrete has been brutal on our Obi and Alfie’s floofy paws.

So, I wanted to share some tips on how we’ve been deal with this sizzling summer and keeping our furry friends cool, happy and safe.

One lifesaver we’ve discovered is “Musher’s Secret Paw Wax.” It’s like a magic potion for dog paws! This wax provides a protective barrier against hot surfaces, like asphalt and concrete, as well as rough terrain. We simply apply a thin layer to Obi’s and Alfie’s paws before heading out, and it creates a barrier to protect their paw pads from getting burned or scraped. Plus, it’s non-toxic and safe for dogs, so no worries if they lick it off. It’s been a game-changer for our daily walks on hot summer days.

Now, let’s talk about some other alternatives to help our dogs stay cool during the summer months:

Early Morning or Late Evening Walks

It’s a no-brainer but try to schedule your walks during the cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening, when the sun isn’t as intense.

Paw Booties

If your dog doesn’t like the feel of paw wax, consider investing in some paw booties. These protect their paws from hot surfaces and are also great for dogs with allergies or sensitive paws. We recently bought some incredible soft leather ones that work for heat and snow (the deer skin leather stops the paws from getting irritated, is super duper soft and extremely breathable, and your doggo’s can still feel the ground which means they don’t do the weird paw dance or freak out). Please do note that many dogs have larger front paws than rear ones. Check them out here

Hydration

Always bring water for your furry friend. Staying hydrated is crucial during hot weather especially if your doggo is floofy. Collapsible dog bowls are handy for on-the-go hydration breaks but we love these BPA free ones (game changers!) Our doggos and all the dog park doggos will line up to lap at these on a hot day.

Cooling Vests and Bandanas

This Truelove Dog Cooling Vest is designed to keep your dog’s body temperature down. You just soak it in water, wring it out, and put it on your dog to help them stay cool. Plus it’s ridiculously cute. Win win. We love that this one also works as a dog harness for hot evening walks and it glows in the dark a bit too.

If you prefer something a bit more portable for an on the go cool down, your doggo will love these super stylish ice cold doggie All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandanas (and you’ll get a lot of compliments too). They give your dog a super fast cool down to avoid heat stroke and are easy to pack in your handbag or beach bag. Just soak them in water when you’re ready to use them and they’ll do the rest (wonders of technology eh!)

Cool Mats

Our apartment has wooden floors, which are lovely, but not ideal for hot paws on a summer day. Obi likes to sleep with his paws on the wall where it’s cooler, but that also means we have a 30cm border of dirt running around our walls from hot sandy paws. During the covid lockdown we discovered these amazing cool mats that are super soft and squidgy. They have some internal gel that cools when the dogs lie on them. Alfie’s a splooter so he, in particular, LOVES these!

2 dogs Alfie and Obi with Alfie splooting on a tile floor

…Alfie splooting as a pup

Shaded Walks > Indoor Playtime

Do you have any shaded routes for your walks? We jump between shadows on ours, but when it’s super hot out it’s probably best to just stay in and entertain your doggos in the AC with toys and games.

We like to freeze some blueberries and put icy cold peanut butter on Lickymat slow feeders too when it’s just to hot to function. Obi and Alfie would do just about anything for a cool peanut butter lickimat on a hot day.


How do you keep your dog cool in summer?

Remember, our furry friends rely on us to keep them safe, especially during these scorching summer months. So, take these precautions to heart and enjoy the season while keeping your dog cool and comfortable. Here’s to many more fun beach days and happy, healthy pups! 😊🐾🏖️

Here’s a little video of Obi having a good dream while enjoying his cool dog mat last summer, and with one of the doggo water bottles you can find above. Sorry about the mess in the background!


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