Summer is right around the corner! For many dog owners, this means more outdoor adventures with their furry friends. However, while summer weather may be celebrated by us, it is important to keep an extra close eye on your dogs during this season. Hot weather and a dog’s furry coat are not always an ideal combination. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke and dehydration when it gets too hot. Therefore, it is important to ensure your dog stays nice and cool this summer for optimal enjoyment. With that being said, here are five tips to help keep your dog cool this summer:
Tip #1 – Feed Your Dog Cool Treats
Every dog loves to eat a tasty treat! Feeding your dog, a cool frozen treat will not only have your dog leaping up and down in joy, but it will help cool them down. Try some Boss Dog Frozen Yogurt! This treat is cool, easy to store, and comes in three yummy flavours. Available as single cups or in cases, this treat is sure to be your dog’s new favourite part of summer!
Tip #2 – Stay Hydrated
As the temperature begins to rise, your dog’s water intake will increase as well. Your dog needs to say hydrated to prevent heatstroke and dehydration. To combat this, frequently change your dog’s water throughout the day to ensure it stays fresh and cool. If your dog’s water dish is outside, try to keep it in a shaded area to keep it cooler for longer.
Tip #3 – Schedule Walks Accordingly
Remember when walking your dog in the summer, if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. Have no fear though! You can still take your dog for walks in the summer, just schedule walks to work around the heat. Try walking your dog first thing in the morning or at the very end of the day for cooler temperatures. Additionally, take a water bottle and dish for your dog so they have access to clean water. It is recommended to check the temperature of the sidewalk before taking your dog out as well. If the asphalt is too hot there is a possibility it can burn your dog’s paw pads. Instead, try walking in grassy or shaded areas to keep both you and your dog safe.
Tip #4 – Time for a Hair Cut
While all that extra fur may be cute, it can be quite hot during the summer months! Depending on your dog’s coat additional grooming may be required. A haircut and grooming may help remove any extra fur, keeping your dog’s coat nice and light. After all, a healthy coat is a great way to stay cool. Different dog breeds and coats require different care, so consultation with a vet or groomer is always recommended before making any changes.
Tip #5 – Invest in a Wading Pool or Sprinkler
While not all dogs may be water dogs, going for a swim can be the perfect way to cool off! Invest in a small wading pool or sprinkler so your dog can enjoy the water from the comfort of your backyard. Add a water-safe toy like the Play Strong Rubber Ball, to keep your dog entertained for hours. If you’re feeling hot yourself, you can always jump in and join them!
Remember your dog does not have a voice to tell you when they are uncomfortable in the heat. Therefore, it is up to owners to keep their furry friends healthy during these hot months. Common signs of heatstroke may include:
- Exaggerated Panting
- Excessive Salivation
- Convulsions or seizures
- Disorientation or Muscle Weakness
If you notice any of these signs, seek professional help from your vet as soon as possible.
Hopefully, these tips will help your dog have fun and cool summer!