Summer time is all about fun in the sun. But as a Texan (I know HEAT:) summer temps are getting higher. As dog owners, we need to keep our dogs safe. It doesn’t matter if it’s during a short walk, ride in car, or just hanging outside, we need to keep dogs cool.
Keep Your Dog Cool in the Hot Summer Time Weather
If you search how to keep your dog cool, you will see a lot of products like self cooling pet pad and dog cooling vests or cooling dog beds (wha what!). I want one of these for me.
Short Hair Is The Way To Go
Even though your dogs coat can actually keep them cool, a nice trim can be great. If you have a light colored dog, you don’t want to cut their coat too short during summer because it protects your dog from UV rays and other elements. I would ask your groomer what would be a good cut for your dog.
Know When To Run And When To Relax
It isn’t winter anymore. Your dogs don’t need to or want to run wild enjoying the outdoors. Our dog Copper, loves to run with me while the sun beats down on his body. Just like you and me, our dogs know when to run and when to rest.
Follow their lead. If I walk in the afternoon, I can see that my dog wants to rest, so we do. Luckily, our walking path has a lot of shaded areas where we can both get in the shade and have a drink and relax. So if you walk too during the hottest part of the day, find an area where you both can chillax for a few.
Keep Extra H2O On Hand
It doesn’t matter if you’re home or traveling, you need extra water. Some of you might be lucky enough to find places that provide water for your dog, but I’m not. Grab an extra water bottle or take a collapsible dog water bowl. Very handy.
Monitor Your Dogs Diet
If you see your dog not eating as much during the heat, you need to have a chat with your vet, especially if you notice fatigue or other weird symptoms. One of the cool things I like to do for our kids and dogs is make some cold treats for our dogs. Did you know that there is ice cream for dogs?
Here is a simple DIY ice cream recipe for your dog:
2 cups of natural plain yogurt (unsweetened)
1 ripe banana
1 cup of peanut butter
2 Tbsp honey
1. Smash the banana and mix it into the plain natural yogurt. 2. Stir in some peanut butter (warm it to room temperature to make it easier to stir in) into the banana-yogurt mixture. Add the honey and mix. 3. Pour into cupcake liners and freeze overnight. 4. Store in the freezer in a Ziploc bag until ready to give to your dog! I would thaw just a bit. Feed to your dog outside because it could get messy.
Thank you moderndogmagazine.com for the recipe.
I also found 8 more frozen homemade dog treats just for you https://www.rover.com
If you want to keep it simple, freeze some water with chicken stock into ice cubes and serve.
What’s your favorite cold treats for your dog?
Be Mindful At The Beach
If you are taking your dog to the beaches of the world, be sure to pack an umbrella. Your dogs paws most likely have adapted to their environment and surfaces. But boy that sand gets hot too, so a shady area will give your dogs paws some nice cooling time.
Keeping Dogs Cool That Are Outside In The Summer
Get A Kiddie Pool
If you have an outside dog, a really fun way to keep a dog cool and comfortable in the summer outside is by buying a kiddie pool. Be sure to replace hot water.
Freeze a bowl of water and keep it outside for them. There is not much better than an ice cold drink in the heat.
Turn on the water sprinkler. You and your dog will have a blast. We are lucky enough to live nearby a pond and Copper loves to go and take dips.
How To Keep A Dog Cool Inside
- Keep air flowing. You can purchase a fan and put a bucket of ice in front of the fan. This will blow colder air by blowing over the ice. Cheap and effective.
- Keep your dog cool by placing ice cubes in his water bowl.
- If you don’t have marble floors, save a spot on your kitchen or bathroom floor assuming they are tiles.
How To Keep A Dog Kennel Cool
- Set up a water mist around it. Sound refreshing right?
- Use a dog cooling bed
- Grab some insulation for the roof from Lowe’s or Home Depot
Do You Know The Signs Of Heatstroke In Dogs?
Summer time can be dangerous, for anyone, if you don’t keep cool. Here are some signs to look for if you suspect that your dog may have heat stroke.
- Heavy panting and salivating.
- Upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea
If you notice any of these signs, get your dog cooled by bringing them inside or in the shade. Give them cold water and grab some ice packs if possible while you call the vet. Heatstroke signs may not appear until after excessive exposure days afterwards.
And please remember to never leave a dog in a hot car. Even if you crack the window. It’s just not worth it.
Do you have any other cool ways to keep a dog cool in the hot summer months? Comment below for all dog lovers.
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