7 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Cool This Summer!
6 July, 2017
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Summer is here in full force.  As the temperature heats up, it’s important to keep an eye on your dogs to make sure they don’t overheat.  With that extra layer of fur, it can get really hot for them.  As dogs can’t cool themselves off, we have to make sure they stay cool, drink a lot of water and stay hydrated.

Below are seven tips to keep your dogs’ cool this summer:

1.  Water, water, water!

Please make sure to have fresh, cool water available to your dog at all times. Keep the water dish in a shady location and change the water frequently. If you want to keep fresh water available outdoors, you might want to look into a watering system that hooks up to a faucet.

2. Limit outdoor playtime during the hot summer months

Limit playtime during the hottest times of the day (if at all). Early morning and late evening are the best times to take the long walks, a jog, or a trip to the dog park. The ground is a little cooler, the temperature isn’t as high and the sidewalks are cooler. If the ground is too hot for you (touch it with your hand), then take a quick walk.  A hot sidewalk can burn your dogs’ paws.

3. Make sure your dog has shelter from the sun

Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. The best thing you can do for your dog is to offer shade. Shade from trees works, but an actual structure is better for your dog to retreat. Of course, the most ideal shelter is in your home with a doggie door to allow indoor access and the a/c going!

4. Try a misting fan, but not a regular fan

Misting fans and aerosols that spew water into the air also lower the temperature and can keep your dog’s fur damp.  When your dog gest misty, it also helps her or him cool off when the water evaporates. Misters can be placed on the porch, deck or near the puppy playpen and will keep your dog cool.

5. Make sure your dog has shelter from the sun

Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but he or she ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. The best thing you can do for your dog is to offer shelter. Shade from trees works, but an actual structure is better. Of course, the most ideal shelter is in your home with a doggie door to allow indoor access.

6. Dogs love little kiddie pools to cool themselves off

If your dog loves water, then a large tub or kiddie pool (molded plastic, not inflatable) might be a great addition to your yard.  Many dogs enjoy playing and lounging in the cool water. Just make sure you supervise your dog at all times. Also, keep the pool in a shady spot and change the water frequently.

7. NEVER leave your dog in a hot car!

We all know how hot it gets in our car, even when it isn’t that warm out.  Don’t even think about leaving your dog in the car while you are running errands or any time during the summer.  Not even five minutes! It’s way too hot for our doggies and can cause heat stroke and death.

Whatever you do to keep your dog cool, the best thing you can do is to keep a close eye on your pup.

If you want to know if your dog is overheated, take a look at Preventing Heat Stroke in Dogs.  Or how you can tell if your dog is dehydrated.

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