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11 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Heat This Summer

weblink There’s something about the transition from May to June that makes me consistently nostalgic for summer break. I miss the anticipation of those endless summer days laying by the pool, don’t you? Instead, I’m trying to get my sunshine in when I can, usually during walks. Topher, on the other hand, is up to his usual summer routine: laying on the cool kitchen tiles as much as possible. He’s probably pining for a few frozen treats, too! It’s always important to help our pets transition into the heat of summer—here are a few more tips to keep your dog cool in the heat this year.

1. Make sure they stay hydrated.

When the temperatures begin to climb, it’s a good idea to start carrying water for your dog, especially if you plan on being out for a more extended period of time. Having access to clean, fresh water at all times is very important year round, but is critical in summer months. Dehydration can quickly lead to heat stroke.

2. Exercise in the morning or the evening.

Take the heat and the weather into consideration when going out with your pets for their daily walk. Sticking to the early morning or later evening hours when it’s cooler outside will allow you longer walks than if you go in the middle of the day. In the summer here in Georgia, sometimes we can only last about 15 minutes in the heat! Always adjust the intensity of your walks or time outside to counter the temperature.

3. Make sure your dog has access to shade.

If your dog stays outside, you should make sure they have ample access to shady spots. This is more than just a doghouse, which is not an ideal source of shade—its enclosed nature makes dog houses heat up very quickly in the sun. Tree shade or a tarp strung up is ideal, because neither of these shade options obstruct natural air flow.

4. Watch the humidity, too!

It’s not just about temperature in the summer, the humidity can affect your dog as well! Dogs pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which in turn cools them down. If the humidity is too high, it makes them unable to cool themselves, and their internal temperature can rise very quickly. So keep an eye on the humidity levels—a high humidity in what looks like mild weather can still be dangerous for your pet.

5. Take them for a swim.

Instead of walking, take your pup for a swim! Even walking next to a stream or along a river bed gives your dog the option of stepping in for a quick cooling dip. Don’t have access to a body of water? Make your own in the backyard with a kiddie pool!

6. Cool them down from the inside out with frozen dog treats.

Use your dog’s love of food to your advantage! Feeding treats that are high in water content or frozen are a nice way to keep your dog cool while showing your affection. We rounded up a few great frozen dog treat recipes for you, too!

7. Make sure they’re properly groomed.

Proper grooming is an important step in keeping your dog cool. Clipping double-coated dogs buy isotretinoin online with mastercard does not help these types of dogs cool down—the top guard hairs act as insulation against the heat and sunburn. Your dog’s undercoat is part of their natural cooling system, and if not properly maintained it can get matted and prevent air flow to the skin. Frequent brushing helps remove extra fur, and keeps your dog’s coat healthy and more comfortable.

8. Prevent sunburns—yes, dogs can get sunburned!

If you have a white or a lighter colored dog, keep in mind that they can get sunburned if outside too long. The tops of their ears and their nose are the most susceptible areas. Choose a sunscreen made for pets and be sure to apply it on your dog if you’re going to be out in the sun for a while.

9. Let your dog decide when it’s time to go indoors.

Most dogs know when they’ve had enough and are ready to call it a day. If your dog is slowing down on a walk, trying to head towards home, or showing any signs of distress, heed that cue and take them inside.

10. Invest in cooling gear.

If outdoor activities are a major part of you and your dog’s summer lifestyle, it may be a good idea to invest in some cooling gear, such as a cooling coat or collar, or a form of cooling bed.

11. Never leave your dog in a hot car!

We’ve said this many many times, but do not ever leave your dog in a car in the heat. This is very dangerous, even for short windows of time. When traveling or running around town with your dog in the car, always plan ahead if you need to make a stop, or simply leave them at home.

How do you keep cool in the summer heat?

Lucy Bennett

Lucy is a writer, artist, and Hufflepuff currently living in Atlanta, Ga. When not making things, she enjoys costuming, tabletop games, and digging in the dirt.

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