The dog days of summer are fast approaching; and even though we might have a little time until summer is “officially here,” we’re already experiencing warm to hot days. It’s during these days that pet owners need heightened vigilance to guard their pets from the uncomfortable dangers of the heat. Here are 7 tips to help keep your dog cool this summer:
Get your dog a pool – a lot of dogs love to jump in, splash around and cool off in their own doggie pool. This is a great way to let your pup cool off while with the added benefit of watching them play in the water, wonderful entertainment for those of us who own them.
Ice Cubes in their water - the water in your dog’s water bowl tends to warm up a lot during the summer. Drop a few ice cubes in their dish throughout the day to keep the water cooled down. Nothing like drinking some nice cold water to help keep you cool during the summer. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water.
A dog cooling bed – my dogs give up sleeping on their beds during the summer opting instead for the hard tile floor because it’s cooler. If you want your dog to have a cool, but comfortable place to lay during the summer get a cooling dog bed. Your dog will relish the cool comfort it can provide during the summer.
Pupsicles – many companies offer frozen treats for dogs, however, you can make your own. I like to take plain yogurt and mix it with fresh blueberries or bananas. Then I put the mixture into ice cube trays. When it gets hot outside I like to pop one of these out and give it to my dog.
Exercise in the morning – get your pet outside before the heat of the day and limit activity on hot days. I like to take the dogs out to the river where they can swim during the summer. I take them early in the morning, so they don’t overheat and neither do I.
Bring your dog inside – if you need air conditioning then so will your dog. Remember your dog has a fur coat that they cannot take off. If you have to leave your dog outside make sure they have plenty of shade, fresh water and ventilation.
Never leave you dog in a vehicle – temperatures can reach over 100 degrees in just a few short minutes and over 120 degrees or more in less than 10 minutes.