- Water, of course! First and foremost, keep your dog hydrated. Pets drink plenty of water in summer, so be sure to bring a lot! Ice cubes in their water bowls work well too.
- Kiddie pool. A cheap kiddie pool is a great way to keep your pets cool! They can lie in it and play, or drink it! Just be sure to keep the water fresh if you’re using it daily or weekly.
- Use evaporation to your advantage. Dogs unfortunately can only sweat through an extremely small percentage of their body. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) has a much lower boiling point than water and thus evaporates much more quickly. If you suspect that your dog needs some help lowering his or her body temperature, give those paws a swipe with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Don’t overdo it though; alcohol can get a little drying.
- Treats! Dog ice cream is found in pretty much every grocery store, but if you like you can make your own. Frozen broth popsicles are another easy frozen treat your dog will love; also, chilled cucumber is a no-prep option that is full of water. You could also treat them to a cool, refreshing, smoothie!
- Cool that tummy. Lying on the floor is really cooling on hot days. If you don’t have cool flooring or your dog is outside, you can apply this principal by soaking a towel in cold water and letting your dog lie on that.
- Get the gear! There are cooling collars, vests, and beds. There are even little boots to protect your dog’s little feet from the hot pavement. Don’t forget to check out our products for the latest!
- Shade is good! If you’re spending time outside, make sure there is somewhere your dog can go to take shelter from the sun’s terrible rays. Set up a little tent or umbrella.
- Proper Grooming is Important! The undercoat is actually part of a dog’s natural cooling system, but if not properly maintained it can become matted and prevent air flow across your dog’s skin. Frequent brushing helps remove and “dead” fur and keeps your pets coat healthy and comfortable.
- Don’t be dumb! In addition to all the great things you can do, there are some things you should never do, especially when the weather heats up. Don’t leave your dog in a car, don’t tie them up in the sun, don’t walk them during the hottest part of the day, and don’t walk them on the hot asphalt. Prevention is always easier than dealing with a crisis later.
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