Unlike you and I, your dog isn’t able to release heat through its sweat glands. While humans have sweat glands all over their bodies, your pooch only has them in areas that aren’t covered by fur. This means he or she has to rely on less effective methods to cool themselves off.

Panting and Vasodilation (dilating of the blood vessels) are the main ways your pup releases heat. As you can imagine these aren’t the most effective methods to turn down the heat! This is why it’s up to you to help keep your dog cool in the summer!

Try these five tips to keep your dog cool in the summer;

Dog Paddling Pool

If you’re short on space a dog paddling pool is a great alternative to a full-sized doggie pool. They give your pooch just enough space to lie down and cool themselves without taking up the whole back yard. Having a separate pool for your dog is more hygienic than sharing yours, which is a must if you have kids in the house.

This is one of the best ways to keep your dog cool and it’s a good choice for pups of any age. Older dogs will love having a chilly spot to lay about, while puppies will have fun splashing around. These pools are quite durable and are usually made from a tough polyurethane material. This means that bites, scratches, or playful nibbles won’t cause any accidental holes.

Offer Lots Of Cold Water

This might sound like a no-brainer but it’s extra important that your dog has lots of cold water in the summer. Try adding ice cubes to their dish to keep them cool and be sure to bring a collapsible dish when you take them for a walk.

At a minimum, your dog should have a cold drink every hour! But, in the summertime try to encourage more frequent visits to help your doggie keep cool. Your dog will enjoy the added ice cubes which make a great form of entertainment as they float by.

When you’re out, look for areas with a water fountain so you will have access to cold water. Or, buy a bottle of water to fill their bowl. This will be more refreshing than giving them tepid water you packed from the house.

Your Dog A Frozen Treat

Frozen treats aren’t just for humans, they’re an excellent way to keep your pup cool too! Try making a homemade popsicle just for dogs or another kind of icy delight. There are a ton of great recipes available and they’re easy to make. By adding real fruits you will make the snacks a healthy choice.

When you’re planning a long walk try bringing along some frozen treats in a cooler. This way they won’t unthaw too quickly. Any kind of insulated bag will do and there are plenty of purse-sized options available.

If you don’t want to make the treats there are several quality options you can buy from the pet store. Just be sure that the ingredients aren’t going to pack any extra pounds on your pooch.

A Shady Spot Will Keep Your Dog Cool In The Summer

Have you ever been so hot while you were at the beach that you’ve retreated to the tree line in seek of shade? Well, your dog would certainly appreciate a shady spot to lounge about while you bask in the summer sun. If there’s no shade in sight there are a few easy ways to improvise.

If you plan on spending the day at the beach be sure to pack an extra towel. When there aren’t any trees nearby you can use the extra towel to make a shady cave for your pup to enjoy. Try draping the towel over a log and securing the end with a book or even your beach bag.

Also needless to say a big umbrella could also do the trick if you wanted to bring one of them along with you as well.

Invest In A Handheld Fan

You’ve probably seen those mini handheld fans before?! Well, they are great for cooling off your puppy when it’s hot. Just like you enjoy a nice breeze on a warm day, your dog will love having the wind on their fur.

Take rests along your walk where you stop to fan them. Try fanning for at least 5 to 10 minutes to really lower their temperature.

Sarah x

Whilst browsing Prezzybox I came across an amazing selection of cat products, things actually for cats as well as things for cat fans like myself.

Cat Selfie

£9.99

The cat selfie is an incredible idea. I always struggle getting photos with my cats so this genius idea clips on to you phone and has a dangling bell on to attract your cats attention so you can take a great pic! you can also put a bit of food on it 🙂

Personalised enamel cat bowl

£14.99

I think these bowls are so cute, just hoping my cats can read and always use the correct one haha. I love how cute personalised things are and Prezzybox have a gift idea for everyone. I hope my vats realise how lucky they are!

The bowls are really well made and easy to clean. I love the cute little handles on the side too and the font for their names is really pretty.

Do you have pets? Do they have special food bowls or anything?

Sarah x

For Father’s Day I wanted to get a few bits for Nick from our cats, so I went online to see what I could create with Funky Pigeon.

They have a good range of Father’s Day Gifts from pets here and you can personalise them with your own text and photos. They also have such great products from actual children too haha.

Cat father photo mug

£7.99

You can pick what photo is used on this as well as a name. It is so cute and it looks too nice to use! I love the colours used on this and this is perfect for Nick to take to work to have his coffee in.

Pawsome cat photo keyring

£3.99

This is super cute and says “you are pawsome” on it as well as being double sided and having a picture of our two cats on both sides.

5 photo challenge – multi photo poster

£12.98

You can create a gift with your 5 favourite photos and have it framed too. I mean how cute is this?! I think it is a great idea in black and white. It really shows up the cats features and is nice as Archie is a black cat. You can also add your family name at the bottom too. I like how the photos look like Polaroid pics as we have a collection of Polaroid pictures in our kitchen.

Really impressed with their range of products and how easy they are to personalise as well as how quick delivery is!

Do you buy presents from your pets?

Sarah x

I share a lot of product reviews on my blog but I want to start sharing some more personal aspects of my life and more photos of our home and our pets. I thought it would be nice if I introduced you to my pets as I often share pictures of them on my Instagram but don’t mention them much on here.

Cats

We have two cats, Gizmo and Archie.

Gizmo was our first cat, we got him when he was a couple of months old and he is now 3 years old. After having him for a year we decided to get him a little brother and along came Archie when he was just a couple of months old. He is now 2 years old and both cats we adopted from the Blue cross.

Gizmo is a tabby cat and was the runt of his litter, he was so scared when we met him and bought him home but he soon settled in and became very cuddly and likes to sit on our laps and climb on the bed in the morning.

Archie was the biggest and most playful of his litter and black cats are often the last to be rehomed. He is such a mummys boy and loves to be picked up and cuddled.

The cats are inseparable and Archie cries if he can’t find Gizmo. It is so lovely how well they get on and they are always cleaning each other and cuddling or running around playing.

Guinea pigs

We have two guinea pigs, Sandy and Dexter. We used to have Thierry but he sadly passed away a couple of months back.

All of our guinea pigs have come from Pets At Home. We got Sandy and Thierry nearly 4 years ago when they were a couple of months old and they were brother. Thierry had a small chunk missing from his ear and Sandy had a distinctive parted bit of hair at the front. 

Sadly Thierry passed away recently so we then rehomed Dexter who was up for adoption at Pets At Home and had been separated from the other guinea pigs as he had been ill so he was very lonely. It didn’t take him and Sandy long to get used to each other. Sandy had been very lonely too since losing Thierry as it had been the pair of them together for nearly 4 years. It is always so hard losing a pet. I am so grateful for the pets we have and I cherish them everyday.

Do you have any pets?

Sarah x

 

Raising a litter of healthy puppies is expensive and time consuming, and is something that absolutely should be left to the professionals. However, sometimes accidents do happen. Maybe your dog escaped from the garden, or bolted off on a walk. She might have just disappeared for a few minutes at the dog park and encountered an over friendly male. A few weeks down the line, you notice that your female dog is looking a little round at the middle and suspect you know what’s gone on. It’s not ideal but it can happen, and if you’ve found yourself in this position- here’s what you need to do.

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Go to the vet

First things first, if you suspect your female dog could have caught pregnant then you’ll need to speak to the vet. They will be able to do an ultrasound to confirm it, and if she’s carrying puppies can provide you with specific advice. This could include what to feed her, what to do when she starts presenting with labour symptoms and what kinds of things you’ll need to buy. This includes items like a whelping box, and puppy milk and bottles to hand feed the pups if your dog starting struggling. They will be able to check that your dog is in good health so that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Find good homes

It really is your duty to ensure that good homes are found for the pups. The last thing you want is for them to end up in shelters later down the line, which unfortunately happens all the time. You should consider homechecking anyone that wants to adopt a puppy and find out what their situation is. For example, if someone is renting their home you’ll want to check if they have permission to own a dog. That way, it won’t get passed from pillar to post if the landlord finds out and forces them to get rid of it. Once the puppies are born, use collars or this branding idea with puppy bandanas to distinguish between them. That way, anyone interested can choose their pup and ensure they’re collecting the right one once they reach eight weeks old. Finding the right home can be a process, don’t just give them away to the first people that show interest.

Have your dog neutered

Once they have had the puppies and have fully recovered, be sure to go and have your dog neutered. It’s easy to think that the same mistake won’t happen twice, but it’s so not worth risking. You might have found good homes for your puppies but it doesn’t take away from the fact that far too many dogs already exist in the world which is why shelters are so full. Do your bit by making sure it doesn’t happen again. Along with preventing accidental litters, neutering dogs has numerous benefits to health and behaviour and is something well worth having done anyway.

Raising puppies, even to eight weeks old where they can leave for their new homes, is expensive. So many see this as a money making scheme, but between vet bills, food, microchipping and other costs, chances are it will actually cost you money. But go about things in the right way so that you can ensure the pups are happy and healthy and go to forever homes.

Sarah x