How to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

Summer is here along with higher temperatures. It is important to remember that extreme heat can have a negative effect on the health of your pet. It is important for you to help them through the sizzling season. Here are ways that can help keep your dog stay cool, hydrated and as happy during the summer months:

  • Do not leave your pet in a vehicle unattended —This is the most important tip! Even if you have the windows cracked open, the inside of the car is still going to get hot, really hot. On a 75 degree day, the inside of a car can actually heat up to 115 degrees in only one hour. If you need to run errands, keep your dog at home or drop them off at a doggy daycare.
  • Do not walk on hot surfaces—Your dog’s paws are like your bare feet. Walking on hot asphalt doesn’t seem like a great idea, does it? Try alternating between concrete, dirt and grass to give your dog’s paws a rest and to keep them from blistering.
  • Always have water—On a hot day, we all want a lots of ice cold water … so does your dog! Make sure the water bowl is always full and bring water with you on walks to keep your pet more hydrated.
  • If it is over 85 degrees, leave your pet home—If you are going to the beach and you are feeling a bit warm in shorts, imagine how your dog will feel with a fur coat! We may always want our furry friends by our side, but sometimes it’s best to let them stay at home.

Pets are family members, so it is important to take care of them the way we would take care of our friends or family. Watch for warnings signs of your pet possibly overheating and get them out of the sun with a cold bowl of water as soon as possible.

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