10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer
With summer around the corner and temperatures spiking more each year it is important for you to keep yourself and your best friend cool and hydrated. Unfortunately our pets can’t tell us when they are thirsty and hot so assess the weather for yourself. Most likely, if you are hot and uncomfortable then they will be too. So take the time and make sure they are comfortable.
Luckily we are ready with some awesome tips on how to keep your mutt cool and healthy, while still having fun!
- Make an ice-lick for your pooch.
Freeze some treats and toys with plenty of water (you can even add some chicken stock to make it tasty) in a cake mould. They will spend hours licking to get to their treats or toys and it will cool them down while keeping them busy.
- If you don’t have a pool, invest in a small plastic splash pool.
This is especially helpful for larger breeds with thick coats.
- Even more fun than a pool – turn on the sprinklers and let your pooch have some fun!
More often than not, they will love chasing the water around. Make sure that they don’t try to eat your sprinkler!
- Walk your dog when it is not scorching hot – don’t over exercise them either!
Early morning walks and later afternoon walks are best.
- Give your dog access to plenty of fresh, cold water
The fresh part is essential. Water that has been in the sun too long can grow bacteria which could make your dog ill.
- If you have an older dog that isn’t very active you can drape wet towels over his neck and under his limbs to help him cool down.
- Invest in a toy that can be stuffed with food (peanut butter, treats, etc) and pop it in the freezer when it’s full of your dog’s favourite treat.
They will love the thrill of trying to get to the treat while cooling off at the same time.
- Make sure that you provide your dog with shaded areas, especially when you are not at home.
- Bury a treat for your dog in a shaded area that is okay for him to dig.
Animals often dig to hide, bury food or to cool down. Let him have some fun and cool of while doing it!
- Take your dog for a swim!
They will love the one on one time with their favourite owner and both of you will cool down in the process!
Remember the following precautions:
- Never leave your dog in a car, even for a few minutes
- Make sure that they have enough water before you leave
- Do not walk your dog on a tar surface when it is hot outside
- NEVER pour alcohol over your dog’s paws – this old wives tale actually does more harm than good
- If your dog does not want to exercise when the temperatures are sky-high, don’t force him – it’s probably too hot and he will most likely be dehydrated afterwards
- Apply sunscreen to your pet’s fur and skin (get some doggy friendly options at your local pet store/vet)
Make sure that you pay attention to your dog’s behaviour, you will know when something is wrong. If you suspect that your dog is dehydrated, DO NOT give him ice water as this can cool him down too quickly and send his body into shock.
We find this image from dogvacay very helpful in assessing the signs of dehydration: