Don’t Have a Hot Dog This Summer

SUMMER finally seems to have arrived – so we can all enjoy picnics, barbecues and trips to the beach.

But although most of us enjoy summer, it can be a difficult time for our four-legged friends.

 

Cooling off in the water ... Ruffwear dog lifejacket - special offer £63.99

Cooling off in the water … Ruffwear dog lifejacket – special offer £63.99

They can’t take off their coat when they become too warm – and dogs can’t sweat to cool down in the way that we do.

So we thought it would be good to provide a few tips to make summer a happier time for our pets.

Hopefully most people are now aware that a dog left in a hot car can die within just a few minutes. At the end of this article, we have provided a link to a quiz from Animal Friends Insurance so you can test your knowledge about dogs in cars.  There is also a chilling video from the Dogs Trust involving a rapidly-melting ice dog.

But first, here are some helpful doggie tips for the summer. If you have any ideas of your own, please share them by adding a comment.

  • If your dog likes water, you can put an inch or two of water into a small child’s paddling pool in the garden
  • If you are going out and leaving your dogs in the house, choose a room that doesn’t get direct sunlight
  • Always carry water for your dog on walks or day trips. Some bottles have a handy drinking trough attached and you can pick them up in bargain shops for under £5.
  • If you have a small sun-trap of a garden, try to give your dog a cool spot to relax. This doesn’t have to be anything expensive – just a well placed garden chair with a towel over it will provide some shade for smaller dogs.
  • We’ve already mentioned that dogs shouldn’t be left in a parked car.  But the heat can be unbearable for them (and you) when getting back into a hot car after a day out.  So try to park in a shaded spot – or better yet, buy one of our popular reflective car sheets to help keep the interior cooler.
  • reflecto sheet on car

 

  • It’s multi-use and makes a great picnic rug/waterproof groundsheet too. Check out just some of its other uses here.
  • Don’t over-do it on hot days. Dogs love to walk but they can easily overheat and become dehydrated in very hot weather. If you want a long walk, make sure there are shady places to rest along the way (or plan your walk to pass a country pub where you can enjoy some refreshment too!)

Dark coloured dogs feel the heat even more since their coats don’t reflect the sun as well as white haired dogs. All dogs will benefit from our reflective cooler coat  in direct sunlight and it also helps to avoid coat discolouration. Doubles as a light raincoat (always useful for a British summer!).

Sun reflective Cooler coat - from £23.50.

Sun reflective Cooler coat – from £23.50.

 

On warm days, you can help your dog to stay cool with our budget Wet Wrap coat which can be soaked in water and then put over your dog to provide cooling through evaporation for 1-2 hours depending on temperature and activity. It can also be used as a handy towel on days out.

The wet wrap - soak in water to provide cooling for your dog on hot days. From £18.50

The wet wrap – soak in water to provide cooling for your dog on hot days. From £18.50

So, do you know enough about dogs in cars to keep your dog safe in summer?  See how you get on with this quiz.

And remember, if you have any tricks of your own to cool down your furry friend  we’d love to hear them 🙂

Doggie gift ideas for Father’s Day

It can be very hard to think of a suitable gift for Father’s Day – but if your Dad has a four-legged companion, then check out our gift ideas!

1. Summer finally seems to be here …. so why not treat your Dad to our topselling car sun reflective sheet?  Made from specially coated stormproof fabric, it won’t crack or fray and it keeps the inside of the car cooler for you and your pets.

There’s nothing worse than going back to your car on a sunny day – it feels like you are climbing into an oven!  Our sheet helps to keep the car cooler.

It is also versatile- use it as a waterproof ground sheet, dog crate cover, picnic rug or conservatory sunshade. In winter, it covers the car in snowy weather and doubles as a thermal blanket.

And the best news of all? You can currently get 10% OFF at checkout with code Special10. Get more details here .

reflecto sheet on car

2. All dog owning dads (but especially those with a long-coated dog) will be thrilled to receive our neoprene  wetsuit dog coat. Ideal for swimming, it is also great for cold and muddy walks. Its figure hugging design makes it great for active dogs (it doesn’t flap about like some coats do). Available in a range of colours including black, olive green and blue – or traffic light orange for hi-visibility. Preferred by many working dog owners because it keeps the dog warm – and provides a little chest and tummy protection from burrs and bramble.  Thanks to its chest and tummy cover, it also helps to keep the undersides clean in muddy weather.

See the full range here

* Wetsuit coats are currently on sale – 15% OFF

Bones, sporting our new blue wetsuit coat.

Bones, sporting our new blue wetsuit coat.

3.  If you’re looking for a budget gift then why not get him a pair of our leather stopper pad protectors? Ideal to provide protection for active dogs that stop fast on hard ground. Stopper pad injuries are distressing for both owner and dog – and can mean expensive trips to the vet.

£13.99 per pair

Choose from small or large here

Great protection for your dog's stopper (carpal) pads.

Great protection for your dog’s stopper (carpal) pads.