Summer is an exciting time of year for both dogs and humans, but the heat that comes along with this wonderful season can be both dangerous and uncomfortable. It is important to remember that dogs do not have the ability to sweat and cool themselves off like humans, so it is crucial that dog-owners make an effort to keep dogs cool during hot weather to prevent them from getting heatstroke. Here are some ways to help keep your dog cool during the summer heat:
1) Frozen Treats & Food:
Browse your local pet store because many will be offering special doggy ice-creams and cold treats to keep them refreshed. You can even make your own DIY ice cream for dogs with some bananas and peanut butter – they will love the taste and the frosty temperature.
2) Talk Walks at Appropriate Times:
Summer is not an excuse to be lazy! Instead of making them exercise in the afternoon when the concrete will burn their paws, take them on walks during the early morning or late afternoon because this will be the coolest time of day during summer.
3) Use a Kiddie Pool:
Kiddie pool are a cheap and effective way to keep dogs cool during the summer. Fill it with some hose water, place it in the shade and and watch your pooch splash around in happiness! This is one of the best ways to prevent dogs from overheating.
4) Proper Grooming:
Grooming can make all of the different in your dog’s well-being during the summer. If they have a dense undercoat or long thick hair, a simple haircut will work wonders!
5) From the Bottom Up:
Many people do not know this, but dogs cool off from the bottom up. When they are spending time outside, take some time and spray their stomach and paws with some cool water, not just their back. Another idea would be to lay out a wet towel in the shade for them to lay on because it will serve the same purpose as spraying them with water.
6) Keep Them Inside and Hydrated:
When it is extremely hot outside, it may be best just to keep them inside, except for regular bathroom breaks of course. Also, have fresh water available for your dog at all times to prevent dehydration which is a common health concern for dogs during summer.
As an owner of a dog, it is your responsible to keep them cool and healthy during summer with these six easy and effective tips!