1. Provide Plenty of Water

Always ensure your dog has access to fresh, cool water. Hydration is crucial to prevent heatstroke.

2. Avoid Midday Walks

Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

3. Use Pet-Friendly Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen on exposed skin, like the nose and ears, especially for short-haired or light-colored dogs.

4. Provide Shade

Make sure your dog has a shaded area to rest in when outside. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

5. Never Leave in Hot Cars

Never leave your dog alone in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures can rise quickly.

6. Use Cooling Mats or Vests

Invest in cooling mats or vests to help your dog regulate body temperature on hot days.

7. Watch for Signs of Overheating

Be aware of signs like excessive panting, drooling, and lethargy. If you notice these, cool your dog down immediately and seek veterinary care.

8. Trim, Don’t Shave

Trim your dog's fur to help keep them cool, but avoid shaving them completely. Fur provides protection from the sun.

9. Use Paw Protection

Hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws. Use booties or walk on grass whenever possible.

10. Provide Frozen Treats

Offer frozen treats or ice cubes to help your dog cool down from the inside.