Even though the dog days of summer are coming to a close, it is never too late to talk about different ways to keep your pooch from overheating when the mercury jumps up the scale. Here are a few ways to keep your pup feeling cool and comfortable during hot weather.
Never Leave Them Without Water
Whether they are indoors or out, your dog must always have an ample supply of clean, fresh water. This is especially important when you take your dog on an adventure, whether it be in the car or by foot. Keeping a collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water at hand will make sure your dog never becomes dehydrated.
Be Aware of Hot Paws on Pavement
When you walk barefoot on a blacktop driveway, it feels like your feet are going to catch on fire, doesn’t it? Do you imagine it feels any different to your dog? Try holding your bare hand for 10 seconds on the pavement. If you have to pull away because it is burning you, then it is also going to be painful to your pup. Either decide to take a walk in the grass, or fit your dog with a pair of booties to protect their precious paws.
Regularly Brush Your Pet
You may be wondering what brushing your pet has to do with anything. It is important to brush your pet regularly, particularly during hot weather because it helps to remove excess winter undercoat. Thinning out their coat helps them to stay naturally cooler without the need for shaving the dog.
Feed Them Icy Treats
While feeding your dog ice cream sounds like a sweet gesture, the lactose in dairy can upset the stomach of some dogs. However, this doesn’t mean your dog can’t enjoy a good cool-down via some tasty alternatives. One easy option is to freeze bone broth in ice cube trays. Another, more tasty option is to blend frozen fruit with plain, unsweetened yogurt. Next, just place it in a bowl like you would with ice cream and let them lap up this delicious treat.
Break Out the Kiddie Pool
Your dog deserves to enjoy a romp in and out of a kiddie pool on a hot, summer day. To make it a more rewarding experience, try adding ice cubes to the water. If you don’t have a kiddie pool handy, attach a sprinkler to your garden hose and watch your dog frolic through the stream of water.
Never Leave Your Dog in the Car
This tip is pretty basic and should go without saying, however, some people have just not gotten the message. Just like children, dogs should never be left in the car. This even applies if you think you are going to just be gone for a few minutes. Even if you leave the window cracked, on a day where it is 85 degrees, the temperature can reach 102 F in just 10 minutes. For your dog’s safety, leave him at home, or only visit places where it is okay for you to bring him inside with you.
Keep Your Home Cool
Do you turn the air conditioning off or down when you go to work during the day to save money? If you do this or don’t have air conditioning, be sure to open up the windows and turn a fan on. Look into getting your dog a mat or cooling vest to keep him cooler and more comfortable.
Monitor Your Dog for Signs of Heatstroke
Since your dog can’t tell you when they are suffering, be on the lookout for the following symptoms of heatstroke:
- Heavy panting or drooling
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
Should you see any of these signs, take them to their veterinarian immediately.
Your dog deserves to be kept as comfortable during hot weather as any human being does. Follow these tips and use your instincts to keep your dog as happy and healthy as can be, with the relentless heat bearing down upon us all.