Keeping dogs hydrated and cool at home in heatwaves is vital and with temperatures set to reach above 30C, it couldn’t be more important.
Dog owners have been looking in to ways to keep their pets cool as temperatures soar across the UK, with many going out and buying costly cooling pads or paddling pools.
But experts claim a 70p misting spray bottle filled with icey-cold water will do just as well.
A spokeswoman from retail company Tap Warehouse said: “Keep your pets cool with a spray bottle filled with cold water and gently spray over their body and feet.
“This will give a cooling effect and relax your pets as some can get distressed when they overheat. Better yet, reusable spray bottles can be bought for just 70p from The Range.”
Owners have also been encouraged to add ice cubes to their dog’s water bowls or treat them to an inexpensive ‘dog cooling toy’ this summer, instead of buying them another squeaky toy or bouncy ball.
A spokeswoman added: “You can also add regular ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl to keep it cool, or simply give them a few to chew on. It’s a fun activity for them and it will also help them to cool down and hydrate.
“If you don’t already have an ice cube tray at home you can get them for as little as £1 from Asda!
“There are countless freezable toys on the market, such as this £2.50 B&M’s Ice Cream Cooling Toy which is a fun way to cool your dog down during the warm weather. These toys are also good for teething.”
It comes after veterinary expert Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads revealed the best ways to keep dogs cool when it’s hot outside.
Dr Miller told The Mirror: “There are plenty of ways you can keep your pet safe from these higher temperatures and to make them feel more comfortable.
“One way is adding extra water to their food bowl. Soak their dry food and/or feed them wet food for additional hydration support.”
Unlike humans, our dogs can’t handle the heat as well, and they are susceptible to heatstroke if temperatures are high enough.
Whilst they can join us in the garden every now and then, Dr Miller recommends keeping it to the cooler hours of the day, such as the morning and evening, where the direct sunlight isn’t as strong.
Heatstroke is very common and can cause significant acute and chronic health issues.
Older dogs or brachycephalic, otherwise known as flat faced dogs, tend to be more sensitive to extreme temperatures.