It’s the middle of the summer and even the nights can stay warm. As much fun and excitement that can come from days spent by the pool or at backyard BBQs, it’s always more fun when we include our dogs. Just don’t forget to keep the furry members of your family cool and happy while you spend time together.
So what are some of the ways you can keep your dog cool? To start, take into consideration what kind of dog you own, their age and where you live. All these factors can affect how quickly your dog will become overheated and how much caution you should use during the hottest parts of the day.
Here is a list of things you can do or buy that will help keep your pup cool and comfortable all summer long:
- Constantly offer your pet clean, fresh water. Make sure to have multiple water bowl locations, both indoors and outdoors, so they’re never without a water source.
- Always make sure your dog has reliable shade if they’re outdoors so they know where they can seek shelter from the sun’s rays.
- Provide a cooling mat, bed or raised cot for them to lay down on. You can even help them keep cooler by wetting down the raised cot.
- Try an automatic waterer or paw activated geyser outside. These allow your dog to not only have a fresh water source but also allows them a level of entertainment during the day.
- Freeze a dog bowl of treats using water and meat stock – your pet will have an activity to do while enjoying hydration in the form of a cold treat.
- Help your dog sweat better with an evaporative jacket. Just be careful as these cooling vests will be less effective on humid days.
- Cooling collars or water-soaked bandanas can help your dog feel cooler – be aware that these don’t work as well on dogs with thicker coats.
- Pool time is not just for humans. Try buying a hard plastic kiddie pool and fill it up for your dog to swim in (the kids can join too).
- Put misters or sprinklers outdoors so you and your pet can benefit from their cooling breeze.
- Another thing to keep in mind is to not shave your dog’s coat but brush them out regularly to keep their fur from becoming heavy.
- Consider some walk or beach wear, like booties, so their paws are protected from the heat created by the concrete, asphalt or sand.
- Use UV coverage, like sunscreen approved for pets, on their noses, ears or other sensitive areas.
- Refrain from exercising or playing outdoors with your dog during “the heat of the day.”
Keeping these things in mind while using good judgement on what is comfortable for your dog will help your whole family enjoy the summer season together.