Keeping Your Pet Cool in the UAE Heat

Tips and Products to Help Pets Stay Cool and Hydrated

Tips and Products to Help Pets Stay Cool and Hydrated

Living in the UAE comes with the challenge of scorching summer heat, and while we humans can seek refuge in air-conditioned spaces, our pets need extra care to stay cool and hydrated. As temperatures soar, it's crucial to ensure your furry friends are comfortable and safe. Here’s a guide to help you keep your pets cool during the UAE’s hot months.

Understanding the Risks

Pets are susceptible to heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. Dogs and cats don’t sweat like humans; they primarily cool off through panting and, in cats' case, through grooming. This makes them vulnerable to overheating, especially in extreme temperatures.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Cool

Hydration is Key

Ensure your pet always has access to fresh, cool water. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cooler for longer.

For outdoor activities, carry a portable water bottle with an attached bowl to keep your pet hydrated on the go.

Limit Outdoor Activities

Avoid walking your dog during peak heat hours (10 AM to 4 PM). Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler.

Keep your cat indoors during the hottest parts of the day and provide shaded areas if they must go outside.

Create a Cool Environment

Use fans and air conditioning to keep indoor areas cool. Ensure your pet has a cool, shaded spot to rest in.

Place cooling mats or damp towels in their favorite resting spots. These provide a cool surface for your pet to lie on.

Use Cooling Products

Cooling Vests and Bandanas: These products are designed to be soaked in water and worn by your pet. They help lower body temperature through evaporation.

Cooling Mats: Gel-filled mats that stay cool without refrigeration are a great way to provide a cool surface for your pet to rest on.

Frozen Treats: Make DIY frozen treats using pet-safe ingredients. Simple recipes include frozen chicken broth cubes or yogurt and fruit popsicles.

Watch for Signs of Overheating

Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, move your pet to a cool area immediately and offer water. Contact your vet if symptoms persist.


Regular grooming helps keep your pet’s coat free of mats and tangles, which can trap heat. However, avoid shaving their fur completely as it also protects against sunburn.

Brush your pet regularly to remove excess fur and help with natural cooling.

Keeping your pet cool in the UAE’s extreme heat is not just about comfort—it’s about safety. By ensuring they stay hydrated, limiting their exposure to high temperatures, and utilizing cooling products, you can help your pets enjoy the summer months safely. Remember, a cool pet is a happy pet, and a little extra care goes a long way in ensuring their well-being during the hot season. Stay cool and keep those tails wagging!

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