Keep your dog or puppy cool and safe on hot summer days

Cool, calm dog
Dogs keep cool and calm by panting

Dogs and puppies don’t sweat so they cool themselves by panting around 30 to 40 breaths per minute through their mouth and tongue and releasing heat through their paws and nose. There’s no hard and fast rule about dogs and their tolerance to hot summer days, however as a general rule of thumb most dogs are happiest when the temperature is below 33 C.

Air conditioned Dog and Puppy Day care and Grooming at FurBaby

At FurBaby Dog and Puppy Day Care and our Dog and Puppy Grooming Salon our team is committed to providing dogs and puppies with premier grooming services and an innovative, interactive dog and puppy day care program in air conditioned comfort.

Your dog or puppy can escape the summer heat in our state-of-the-art grooming salon with a refreshing dog hydrobath, dog haircut, nail clipping or a complete grooming session with our world class stylists.

Or you can enroll your dog or puppy in our daily, weekly or long-term dog and puppy daycare program where they can socialise, make new friends and enjoy interactive and educative activities that improve moods and behaviour. Call (08) 9440 6690 or visit

warning signs for heatstroke and overheating

Warning signs for heat stroke include rapid panting, a bright red tongue and gums, wide eyes and muscle weakness. All dogs are different, however if your dog has any of these symptoms or panting starts suddenly and your dog is in pain immediately call your vet or your closest out-of-hours emergency vet.

Keep your dog or puppy cool and comfortable in the heat
  • Bring your dog inside in the heat of the day, if possible
  • Provide a shaded area with access to cool water; a ceramic bowl keeps water coolest
  • Put a hydro toy in your dog’s water bowl and add a few ice cubes to keep it cool longer
  • Put down a damp towel for your dog to lie on in a shaded area
  • Fill a hot water bottle with very cold water and place it in your dog’s bed
  • Put the garden sprinkler on and encourage your dog to frolic
  • Keep a paddling pool in the shade for your dog to splash about in
  • Fur protects your dog’s skin from the sun, however regular dog grooming at our FurBaby Grooming Salon will have a positive impact on their level of comfort during Perth’s hot summer days
  • A dog haircut or dog shave at our dog grooming salon will provide welcome relief for dogs with a heavy coat
  • Don’t walk your dog on a hot day; leave it until the evening or early morning when it’s cooler
  • Never leave your dog in the car on hot summer days
  • Always use a doggy sun screen if your dog is prone to sunburn on his nose and ears