It’s hot outside; the sun is beaming down on you and all you can think about is getting yourself an Iced Frappuccino and cooling yourself down. You look down at your favorite furry friend and see her painting away, she’s just as hot as you are. So, how do you bring her temperature down?
How do you ensure that your dog isn’t going to become sick from the heat? There are many ways to keep your dog cool, whether you are outside at a dog park or sitting inside where there is no air conditioning. Want to learn what they are? Then keep reading for some great tips on keeping your dog cool, all summer long.
1. Look for Shade
When the sun beats down on you and your four-legged friend, it can become quite hot and our temperatures can rise quite quickly. You may be able to put a hat on, but the same idea may not be so easy for your dog.
Pets Web MD suggests finding some shade under a tree, where the air can still circulate through the leaves as opposed to putting your pup in her dog house. A dog house can actually trap the heat inside making it hotter in the house than outside in the sun.
Proper hydration is one of the best ways to help fight off the excessive heat and refresh your pup’s body from excessive sweat that often happens during the summer heat. Whether you keep lots of bowls of water around or give her an ice cube to lick, as suggested by the SPCA, but be sure to keep her hydrated.
3. Hot Cars
We’ve all done it, left a person or an animal in a hot car while we quickly run into a building to complete an errand, expecting we will be done in a few minutes, and most often we are. But what if something happens to prolong the time you are gone?
The inside temperature of a car on a 30° day can actually reach 39° quickly and if you leave your dog in the car for longer, it can go up to almost 50°, even if the windows are open or you have parked in the shade. Be safe, and take your dog with you or tie her up somewhere outside in the shade, or better yet, leave her at home if you know you will have to leave her behind.
4. Go Swimming
While we may not be able to bring our dogs into a public pool with us to cool off, that doesn’t mean that we can’t turn on a sprinkler or purchase a kiddie pool, which is a great way to cool of your dog and bring out the kid in you.
5. Give Her a Fur Cut
Long hair has a way of making us sweat more in the same way that long fur can make your dog feel the heat even more. Take her to get her fur groomed at the beginning of summer and depending on how fast her fur grows back, once again in the middle of the summer. This will help to keep her cooler when the hottest days come along.
6. Avoid the Asphalt
Another great way to help in keeping your dogs cool in the summer is to stay away from hot pavement. Essentially, if the pavement is too hot to touch with your hand, then it is too hot for the paws of your furry friend.
You have a couple of options to choose from; the first is keep her paws off the hot pavement by walking on the grass, or you could try putting booties on her little paws to help protect them from excessive heat that is often reflected back from the sun.
7. Cooling Mats
If you know that your pet will have to spend a lot of time in a kennel, likely when you are away for the day, why not try buying a cooling mat to ensure that she won’t get overheated? You can purchase a cooling mat in your pet store and use it to line the inside of a kennel or a bed.
8. Time Your Exercise
Both you and your dog love to go for a run but doing so during the hottest part of the afternoon is a sure-fire way to cause both of you to overheat and become sick. Try exercising during the cooler times of the day, such as the morning or during the twilight, when the sun is setting.
9. Freezer Treats
Dogs love their chew toys and they can be a great way to keep your dog cool in the summer when you freeze them. You can also try taking a dog treat place it in a popsicle maker, add some water and freeze. Your dog will have a blast licking at the ice to get to the treat inside.
10. Stay Indoors
When all else fails, and it is simply too hot to go outside, the best way to ensure you have cool dogs is to stay inside. If you have air conditioning, be sure to put it on while you are away, as well as keep the curtains closed. You can even purchase blackout curtains that will help block out the rays of the sun and keep your apartment cooler.
If you don’t have air conditioning you can purchase a fan or two to help keep your place at a lower temperature for you and your four-legged friend. Don’t be opposed to giving her a cooldown bath at home as well to help lower her temperature.
Remember that a dog cools herself down by sweating out her paws and by panting. If she is lying down let her rest, and if she is panting excessively be sure that she has access to some water and bring her indoors before she becomes sick from the heat.
Now that you know how to keep your dog cool while still enjoying all the sunshine the summer has to offer you likely feel more confident with your summer plans. But don’t forget even if you are out and about more this summer you still need to make sure your furry friend behaves herself in your rented apartment, so when you do need to relax indoors you and your dog are prepared.
Danielle thrives on researching and writing on all aspects of life. Further to writing for Zumper blog and personal finance, she is an advocate of self-improvement and living a life that is both financially responsible and knowledgeable. When she is not on her computer, she can be found spending time with her husband and two sons.