Dog owners urged to put their pet’s bowl in the freezer as the heatwave hits the UK

The RSPCA is urging owners to freeze their dog’s water bowl or kong to keep it cool when temperatures hit 34C in parts of the UK – they have shared how to keep dogs cool in warm weather

Temperature is expected to hit 34C in parts of the UK on Friday
Temperature is expected to hit 34C in parts of the UK on Friday

Dog owners are being urged to freeze their dog’s water bowl to help him cool off during the heatwave.

Temperatures have soared in parts of Britain this week as hot air pours north from Iberia into the UK – and it’s expected to peak on Friday.

Although owners may enjoy the warm weather, their dogs may not be too pleased as they can suffer from heat stroke within minutes of being outside.

To keep pets cool, the RSPCA recommends owners to freeze their dog’s water bowl or kong, or to add ice cubes to their pet’s bowl.

A spokesman said: “The charity is asking owners of all pets – from cats and dogs to small furries, horses and farm animals – to take precautions and is also urging animal rights activists to keep an eye out for wildlife, even in hot weather.

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Dogs can experience heat stroke within minutes


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“Each year the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups issue a strong and stern warning to dog owners never to leave a dog in a hot car and to report it immediately if they see a dog in a hot car.

“This year, the coalition group is also highlighting the health risks of walking dogs in hot weather, including sunstroke and overheating, as well as burning pets’ pads on searing sidewalks.

Esme Wheeler, RSPCA specialist on dog welfare, said it’s important pet owners start planning now to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep pets safe during the summer.

She said: “By making note of our top tips for keeping pets cool and familiarizing themselves with the signs of pet heatstroke, this week owners will be taking fantastic steps to protect their pets.

The RSPCA has shared their tips on keeping dogs cool in hot weather


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“With just a few simple changes to their routine and a little advance planning, you can really make a world of difference to your pets’ well-being in hot weather, and in some cases you can even save their lives.”

She added that dog owners should be particularly aware of the dangers of walking their pets in high temperatures.

“While most of us would never leave our dogs in the car on a hot day or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may put their dogs at risk even with a short walk or by hitting them Places like fields and beaches with little or no shade bring, but the truth is that walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer,” she said.

“We’ve long fought the risk of dogs dying in hot cars, but this year we’re emphasizing that dogs die on hot walks too. The message remains very simple: never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is too long and when it comes to walks, ‘when in doubt, don’t go out’.”

Top tips for keeping dogs cool in hot weather

The RSPCA has some other top tips for keeping dogs cool in hot weather:

  • Never leave your dog in a vehicle. Dogs die in hot cars. In an emergency, call 999 if you see a dog in a hot car.
  • All dogs need special care in the summer.
  • Exercise dogs early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler—but don’t be afraid to skip a walk altogether if it’s too hot. Remember: When in doubt, don’t go out.
  • Keep a close eye on older dogs, those with thicker coats or flat faces, and those with existing health issues.
  • Remember that sidewalks can get very hot in warm weather—if you can’t comfortably keep your hand on the ground for five years
  • Seconds, it’s too hot for your pooch’s paws too! Unfortunately we have had calls in the past about dogs with burned paws.
  • Try making some frozen dog treats to keep your pooch cool.
  • Use cold treats from the fridge for extra moisture, or make a popsicle for your dog with pet-friendly ingredients.
  • Freeze your dog’s water bowl or kong, or add ice cubes to your pet’s bowl.
  • Fill a paddling pool or hose down for your dog to play in, but always supervise them around water.
  • Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a dishcloth, or use damp towels for your pet to lie on.
  • Be aware of the signs of heat-related illness in dogs so you can take action and contact a vet as soon as possible if needed – excessive panting or unusual sounds of breathing, behavior changes and lethargy, stumbling, blue/grey tinged gums or tongue.

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