With rising temperatures around the country, it is important to keep your dog in mind when it comes to keeping cool. Here are our top 10 tips to keep your dog cool in the summer.
10 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool In Summer
1. Walk your dog earlier in the morning or late at night
Walking your dog in the cooler parts of the day will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your furry friend. This way your dog still gets the necessary exercise it needs with no risk of dehydration. If you are not available to walk your dog in the early morning or late at night, you may want to look into hiring a professional dog walker to help.
2. Invest in a cooling vest
If it’s hot, a cooling vest with cold packs will ensure your dog stays cool and comfortable even on a long hike.
3. Apply sunscreen on your dog’s fur and skin
In spite of their furry coats, pups may still be exposed to damaging UV rays. Using dog sunscreen will protect them against UV and keep them healthy.
4. Let your dog stand in a cool pool
Having dogs stand in a cool pool of water or giving them a quick foot soak will lower their body temperature. You can also put some cold water on your dog’s chest.
5. Make a decent outdoor shelter
If your dog enjoys spending some time in the yard, make sure your dog has a place to get out of direct sunlight whether it’s a tent or a tree that he can lie down under.
6. Know the signs of dehydration
Dogs cool off by panting because they cannot sweat, so a hot dog will drool a lot. A dog will become pale, and their eyes will become bloodshot. If you lift their skin, it will take more time for the skin to fall back into place.
7. Avoid walking on hot surfaces
Your dog’s paws are almost as sensitive as your feet soles. If a surface is too hot for you to walk on barefooted, chances are it’s too hot for your dog as well. On a walk, try to alternate with grass so that your dog’s delicate paws don’t get overheated or wear your dog a pair of pet booties. If you touch the pavement with your hand and it its too how for you, then it is also too hot for your dog.
8. Bring fresh water for your dog when you go out
Always carry along with you, a portable bowl and water bottle when you go out for your dog.
9. Don’t over exercise you dog
Dogs seldom know their own limits. If you suspect that your dog is breathing more rapidly or having difficulty chasing a ball, slow down the exercise and allow him to cool off. Avoid playing in the blazing afternoon sun. A good outdoor activity in summer for your dog is swimming.
10. Do not neglect your dog in a parked car
A car retains greater heat than an open area. Also, your dog may get excited or panic from claustrophobia when it sights passersby, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, keep the AC running and ensure you have water for your dog.
Do you have other tips to keep your dog cool in the summer?