How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat of Summer
If you’ve ever been overheated, you know it’s not something you’d want your beloved pet to experience. Use our tips to make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer.
Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car
You probably already know this, but it’s worth repeating. Even if you’re just running into a store for a few minutes, it’s not worth the risk. Temperatures in a car can rise fast and to much higher temperatures than outside. For example, per WebMD, on an 85-degree day, your car can hit 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and 120 degrees in just 30 minutes.
Check the Pavement
If putting your hand on the pavement makes you draw back with an “OUCH!” then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Save your walks or runs for cooler parts of the day (mornings and evenings), and make sure you take water for both you and your pet.
Don’t Leave Pets Outside Without Shelter
If you must leave your dog outside during hot days, make sure it’s not for too long, and make sure there’s plenty of shade and water. Adding ice cubes can keep water cooler and give your dog a reprieve from hot temperatures. Doghouses won’t cut it, because they can trap heat.
Kiddie Pools and Sprinklers — Not Just for Kids!
Fun water activities for dogs include little pools and sprinklers, which can help them cool off on hot days and have a lot of fun!
Keep a Watchful Eye
The best way to keep your dog safe is to keep an eye on them. If they’re panting heavily, get them inside and cooled off. If you have a dog at risk for overheating, like a pug, bulldog, older dog, or a dog with a heavy coat, don’t take risks in the heat. Consider a summer haircut for any dogs with a thick coat.
Toys and Tools for the Summer at Land of Paws
We have a great selection of toys, grooming tools, and more to keep your dog safe and happy all summer long. Visit us in Corinth Square or Deer Creek, or give us a call with your questions!