As the heat waves begin to roll in, it is important to keep your dogs in mind when keeping cool this summer. June, July, August and September are the hottest months in the year, but they can still be fun for your fur babies if they are properly hydrated. Here are a few ways to prevent heat stress and heat related illnesses from occurring to your dogs.
- Water and lots of it. Providing your dog with cold water throughout the day will help them stay cool by panting. Some dogs may accidentally dump out their water bowls during play and this could lead to trouble. Dig a bucket-size hole into the ground to place their water pail so this doesn’t happen, and add some ice cubes too!
- Cold snacks and treats. Find ice trays shaped like dog bones or just use simple ice trays to make pup pops for extra added coolness. These pup friendly pops can be made from chicken broth, peanut butter, bananas and yogurt which are perfect treats that are healthy and icy. Click the link above for five recipes you can make at home!
- Provide enough shade. Especially if you have dogs that remain outside for most, if not all of the day, there should be shaded space for them to doze off. Dogs retreat to shade during hot days to protect themselves from the beating sun. Large trees, tarp, dog houses or even umbrellas are simple ways to make sure your dog stays cool while they are outside.
- Puppy pool party. Grab a few kiddie wading pools and fill them with cool water for your dog to play around in. Adding in a couple rubber dog toys can amp up the fun and encourage them to hop inside. Make it a play date and invite some of the neighborhood dogs over for a pool party! Be advised your smaller pups have a way to climb out so you don’t risk drowning.
Keep your pups in mind this summer as they get warm too in the sun. Remember dogs primarily cool themselves off by panting and also using these tips will make these hot months a breeze for you and your fur babies. Be sure to contact your vet immediately if you see any signs of heat stroke.