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Keep Your Dog Cool and Comfortable This Summer

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Summer is a time of fun and outdoor activities for both humans and their canine companions. However, high temperatures and scorching heat can pose serious risks to our pups.. Dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. As responsible pet owners, it is essential to take proactive measures to keep our dogs cool and comfortable during the summer months. In this blog post, we will explore some practical tips to ensure you help keep you dog cool, safe and happy all summer long.

Dog keeping cool in the sun

Hydration is Key:

Just like humans, dogs need to stay hydrated to beat the heat. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Consider investing in a few extra water bowls and strategically place them around your home and backyard, ensuring your dog can easily find them. If you're going for a walk or spending time outdoors, carry a collapsible water bowl and offer your dog water frequently.

Two puppies sleeping

Provide Ample Shade:

Create shaded areas in your backyard where your dog can relax and cool down. Set up a canopy, use patio umbrellas, or create a covered space using a tarp. Ensure that the shade is available throughout the day, as the sun moves across the sky. Indoors, keep curtains or blinds closed to block out direct sunlight. Your dog will appreciate having a cool retreat during the hottest parts of the day.

Avoid Midday Walks:

Avoid taking your dog for walks during the peak heat hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The pavement and asphalt can become scorching hot and burn your dog's paws. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. If you must venture out during the day, walk your dog on grassy areas or consider using protective booties to shield their paws from hot surfaces.

Provide Cooling Accessories:

Invest in some cooling accessories to help your dog beat the heat. Cooling mats or beds are designed to absorb and dissipate body heat, providing a comfortable place for your dog to lie down. Cooling jackets are great when your pup is outside and wants to stay cooler.

Provide Frozen Treats:

Lots of dog puzzle feeders and slow feeder bowls can be stuffed and frozen to make a cold refreshing meal. You can use dog safe fruits and vegetables, their kibble or wet food topped up with water or pet safe broth for a long lasting, cooling treat. If you don't have a puzzle toy like the Westpaw Toppl or the Sodapup Mandala you could use an ice cube tray.

Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car:

Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even if you crack the windows open. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise rapidly, reaching dangerous levels within minutes. This can lead to heatstroke and even death. If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home where they are safe and cool.

Monitor Exercise and Activity:

While it's important to keep your dog

active and exercised, be mindful of the intensity and duration of activities during hot weather. Shorten the length of walks and watch for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, take your dog to a cool area and offer them water. Instead try some indoor activities in place of a walk such as sniffaris, training or interactive puzzle toys.

Grooming and Coat Care:

Dog being groomed

Regular grooming is crucial during the summer months. Brushing your dog's coat helps remove excess hair, promoting better air circulation and preventing matting. However, do not shave your dog's coat too short, as their fur provides insulation and protects their skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Keeping your dog cool and comfortable during the summer is essential for their health and well-being. By following these tips, you can minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses. By providing shade, proper hydration, limiting outdoor activities during the hottest times, and incorporating cooling accessories, you can safeguard your furry friend from heat-related illnesses. Remember, a happy and cool dog is a healthy dog!

Have a look at what dog enrichment toys and puzzle feeders we have to help keep your pup cool and entertained this summer!

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