Keeping your dog cool in the summer

When the heat gets to the point that is hard for us to bear - think about your dog! Dogs perspire through their paws to cool their bodies.  We generate sweat to cool our bodies.

To ensure we do our very best to keep our furry friends cool in the summer heat, make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean cool water.  Additionally, for owners who have dogs with long hair, you would think having them groomed to a short hair cut would be a great solution.  NOT SO.  The Nomads in the desert cope with the extreme heat by covering their entire body, the same is true for a long haired dog, and the hair/fur keeps them cool in the summer heat.


There is an unseen problem for long haired dogs that can put them in heat related

distress -- the undercoat.  Most dog owners regularly brush their dogs and they look great.  Unfortunately, a brush does not get to the undercoat.  For a dog, a lot of undercoat is like us wearing an overcoat.  Therefore, most of your grooming attention should be to the undercoat.  After brushing your dog, be sure to also comb your dog.  The dog should be combed all the way to the skin.  Be sure to remove any mats.  You can tell when you have removed the undercoat by running your hand backwards through the dog’s coat.  When you see the dog’s skin through the hair/fur, the undercoat is removed.  Now combing the dog thoroughly should be easy and there should be no mats.


Keep a close watch on your dog when it is extremely hot.  The first sign of a problem is when you see your dog pant excessively.  Panting is how your dog tries to cool itself. If the dog seems disoriented, this could be another sign of heat related problems.  Again, be sure they always have plenty of clean, cool water and keep them inside.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email us or give us a call at 866/945-PETS (7387).




  • Andi said on January 10, 2015:

    Well congrats on a new baby! I can albsoutely help you with teaching him to stop jumping when saying hello! He sounds like a great dog with just a few bad habits which are easily fixed! Give me a call 613-779-1236 and we can set up a training session when you have time, each session is about an hour and a half for $70 and I am pretty flexible with dates. By the sounds of things I may only need one or two sessions so give me a call so we can set something up! Thank you in advance,Grace

  • Adonay said on December 30, 2014:

    hey there! checked out your wietbse and am very interested in your assistance. We have a year old lab X greyhound (so we found out afterwards!) and all in all he is an amazing dog, we got him at 8 weeks and he has been around our daughter who had just turned 3 and is amazing with her she lays on him..pushes him is kind of in an agressive stage right now and we try really hard to stress to her NOT to be like that lol but anyways he has never growled, snapped, bit or snarled at her..or anyone for that matter.. he is a very loving and affectionate, licky/kissy dog.however, we have a baby on the way, and my husband was just called into the military and will be going away for quite a while. Bentley(dog) seems to listen to my husband more than me they are BFFS. And Bentley has and always has had an issue with jumping up, and pawing at people lol not aggressively but its still super frustrating, and we are concerned with the baby on the way and such and just want to get him under control while hes still young.Let me know what you think and We’d love to meet!

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