How do I keep my dog cool during summer?
Signs that your dog is feeling the heat include excessive panting, lethargy, drooling and changes in gum colour or tongue (either bright or dark red).
Ideally, you need to keep your dog as cool as possible; this means avoiding walking during the hottest part of the day (or finding a cool wood with a stream), ensuring water is readily available at all times and possibly even put a doggy paddling pool in your garden.
Whilst your dog is enjoying a bit of ‘down’ time, we have some great ideas to keep them entertained (and cool!)
A Licki Mat is a great treat mat that you can use to keep your dog still and happy. Spread natural yogurt on and then sprinkle some of dog’s favourite toppers like our liver crumble. You could also spread mushed up fruits such as strawberries and bananas. To make them last even longer (and can also help with the keeping cool) pop the prepared mat into the freezer present them with a delicious frozen treat!
We also stock frozen Kefir Paws and Bone Broth which are a perfect summer’s day treat which not only keeps them cool but is also filled with probiotics and a whole load of goodness for your dog! *Please note these items can only be bought in store or via our DPD Raw Food Courier service.
Finally, another great treat is to put fruits and veggies such as peas and apples into your dog’s water bowl or paddling pool, so they have to dip their head in to get them out which then also encourages to them to drink more water. Also, did you know our Just Meat Little Trainers float when in water so these could also be used!
Advice from the experts
Does your dog suffer with skin allergies? Joint pain? Is their cognitive function not what it used to be? Supplements are a great source of goodness to help your dog overcome these problems.
Whilst feeding your pooch a healthy, balanced diet is a great source of vitamins and nutrients, you may find that your dog could benefit from some additional supplements as well.
Is your dog itching, biting their paws or just generally ‘not well’? Are you concerned that your dog may have some form of allergy and aren’t sure what to do next? Have you been recommended allergy testing?
Allergy testing in animals can be painful and costly and not necessarily yield the needed results. An elimination diet is a great alternative to help identify your dog’s allergies in a controlled, safe and cost effective way.
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You will probably be surprised at how much you can tell about your dog’s health and diet from the type of poo that they produce. Although probably not one of the most enjoyable things to do, a quick look, whilst you are scooping that poop can provide you with a wealth of useful information that you can use to help ensure that your dog is being fed the right amounts of food to the presence of worms or parasites.
Have you ever considered getting your dog a coat? Are you worried that during the winter months, they will be feeling the cold?
There are many factors that result in dogs feeling the cold and a coat could benefit them by giving them some extra warmth when the temperature drops.
Have you wondered what the health benefits are to owning a dog?
Whether it be mental or physical, the health benefits to owning a dog are plentiful. From combating loneliness to reducing stress levels, from improving social lives to making us more active, owning a dog makes us healthier.