Summer is here, and it’s time to embrace the season of blue skies, balmy breezes, and, of course, sweltering heat. While we humans are good at adapting our lifestyle to accommodate soaring temperatures, our four-legged friends might not be so adept. Dogs can struggle to maintain a safe and comfortable body temperature during hot spells. But don’t worry, with these tried-and-true strategies, you can help your dog chill out and enjoy the summer, too.
Keep Hydration High
Just like us, dogs need plenty of fresh, clean water to stay cool and hydrated. Make sure your pooch has continuous access to water, whether they're inside or outside. Consider purchasing a few extra water dishes if your dog has multiple favorite spots in the house or yard. For on-the-go hydration, portable dog water bottles are a great option for long walks or hikes.
Make a Splash
Many dogs love water, making it a fantastic and fun way to help them cool down. A shallow kiddie pool in the backyard can provide hours of relief from the heat. Sprinklers are also a popular choice - they’re great for water-loving dogs. If you're near a dog-friendly beach or lake, consider going for a safe swim. Remember, not all dogs are confident swimmers, so always supervise water play to ensure your pup’s safety.
By damping a towel such a the Showtech+ Dry Dude, and placing it over your pup can instantly cool them down on a hot day.
Protect Their Paws
Hot pavements can be a real hazard for dogs in the summertime. Before heading out for a walk, test the pavement with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Try to schedule walks early in the morning or late in the evening when the ground is cooler. Protective booties are another option to protect your furry friend’s paws from hot surfaces.
Create Cool Zones
A cool, shady spot can make all the difference on a hot day. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure there are shaded areas where they can rest. Indoors, you can enhance the coolness by placing a cooling mat or damp towel for your dog to lie on. Fans and air conditioning can also help, but be sure your pet can move to a warmer area if they get too cold.
Frozen treats are a fun way to help your dog cool down. You can freeze low-sodium chicken broth or dog-friendly fruits (like apples or bananas) in ice cube trays for a refreshing snack. There are also many recipes available online for homemade dog popsicles. Just make sure to avoid any foods that are toxic to dogs, like grapes or chocolate.
Know the Signs of Heatstroke
Despite your best efforts, heatstroke can still happen, so it’s crucial to know the signs. Heavy panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, and lethargy are all signs your dog might be overheating. If you notice these symptoms, move your dog to a cooler location and call your vet immediately.
Keeping Cool in the Salon
Don't muzzle while using dryers or blasters and consider using fans or ambiemt air dryers to improve air circulation. Try using timers on dryers eg 10 mins on 10 mins off!
Summer can be a great time for dogs to explore, play, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, our furry friends rely on us to help them navigate the challenges that the hot weather brings. By following these tips, you can ensure your dog stays comfortable and safe all summer long. Remember, a cool dog is a happy dog.