10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER
While most dogs can tolerate the hot summer months other breeds like Pugs and Boston Terriers with snub noses are more sensitive to the heat. Big breed dogs, overweight dogs and elderly dogs can also be sensitive to the heat.
HERE ARE 10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER!
1 - Take your dog for a walk in the early morning or late evening to avoid the sweltering heat of the day.
2 - Find a shaded area for your dog when you’re outside, either under a tree or a bush. If you’re having trouble finding a shaded area you can put up a tarp or sheet for shade. You can also purchase a collapsible shade tent from home and garden stores.
3 - If you don’t have access to a backyard with shade, you can place a fan on your balcony that will create a nice breeze for you and your dog.
4 - If your dog likes to swim like my grand-dog Tucker pictured below, let them have a swim in your pool or the nearest lake to help them cool down. If those options aren’t available you can purchase a small child’s pool and let your dog splash around in it, to cool down.
5 - If you have air conditioning, this is the best place for your dog to cool down in the hottest part of the day. If you don’t have an air conditioner, you can open the windows, close the curtains and turn on a fan.
6 - Add ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl on hot summer days it will help keep his body temperature cool. You can also make ice cubes with organic fruit or chicken broth and offer them to your dog.
Brush your dog
7 - If your dog has a thick or long coat, try brushing your dog everyday to make sure there are no tangles or knots, that can trap the heat.
8 - Dogs can get sunburned especially light coloured or thin coated dogs. The best protection is keeping your dog indoors from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the sun is the strongest. If you’re taking your dog out during these hours you can put a t-shirt on your dog to try and protect their skin and also apply some non toxic sunscreen on the tip of their ears, belly and top of their nose.
9 - Before you head out for a walk or to the beach with your dog, touch the pavement and sand with the back of your hand, if it feels too hot for you it will also feel hot for your dog’s paws. Try taking a walk with your dog on a trail, it is typically shaded and won’t be as hot for your dogs paws.
10 - Put some of your favourite dog’s cookies in the freezer and offer them to your dog frozen, this can help your dog cool down from the inside out. Our DOG Bones cookies freeze well and are a delicious cool treat for your precious dog.
Hope these tips will help you keep your dog cool in the heat of the summer and one more very important tip PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR PRECIOUS DOG IN A HOT CAR, IT CAN ONLY TAKE MINUTES FOR THIS ACTION TO BE FATAL FOR YOUR DOG.
PEACE, LOVE AND PUPPY PAWS