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Summertime brings plenty of fun in the sun, but for our beloved furry friends, it also means dealing with the heat. As responsible pet owners, it’s essential to take extra care to ensure our dogs stay cool and comfortable during those scorching summer months. This post explores some helpful tips and tricks to keep your canine companion’s temperature down to make the most of the summer season together.

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Hydration Is Key

Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat, so they can easily become dehydrated in hot weather. Ensure your four-legged friend always has access to fresh, clean water. Be ready to fill and refill your dog’s bowl whenever it runs low, and remember that dogs are sloppy drinkers so they may not be drinking as much as you think! If you’re heading outdoors, carry a collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water for on-the-go hydration. Additionally, try adding ice cubes to their water bowl or freezing a few treats in ice cube trays.

Supply Shade and Create a Cool Retreat

UV rays can cause sunburn on the less furry parts of your pet, so whether you’re at home or out on an adventure, provide ample shade options for your dog to rest in. Set up a doghouse or umbrella in your backyard, or use natural shade from trees or buildings. When indoors, ensure there are cool spots available, away from direct sunlight. Consider using a fan or keeping the air conditioning on to provide a comfortable environment for your pet.

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Adjust your Exercise Plans

Whether you walk your dog, play with them, or both, it’s important to adjust the timing and intensity of activities during hot summer days. Schedule walks during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening when temperatures are lower. Keep an eye on your dog for signs of exhaustion, excessive panting, or discomfort during exercise. Remember, their paw pads are sensitive to hot pavement, so consider walking on grassy areas or investing in protective booties. It is a good idea to bring extra cool water for your dog, just in case they need it.

Cool Pups: Summer Essentials!

Avoid Hot Car Tragedies

Leaving a dog in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can have fatal consequences. The temperature inside a car can skyrocket within minutes, even with the windows cracked open. If you need to run errands, leave your furry friend at home where they can remain safe and cool. If you come across a distressed dog locked in a car, notify local authorities immediately.

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Dog playing with lawn sprinkler.

Have A Puppy Pool Party

Water play can be a fantastic way to cool down your dog and add some fun to their day. Set up a kiddie pool in your backyard or take them to a dog-friendly beach or lake for a refreshing dip. Always supervise them around water and make sure they know how to swim. It is important to note that dogs may drink too much water while swimming or diving, so be sure to be aware of the symptoms of water intoxication. You can also use a garden hose to mist or spray water lightly on their coat to provide instant relief from the heat. Just be sure to use lukewarm water to avoid shocking their system.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can ensure your furry friend stays comfortable and safe during the hot summer months. Remember, prevention and proactive care are key to preventing heat-related illnesses in dogs. With a little extra attention and some creative solutions, you and your beloved canine companion can beat the heat and make lasting memories together all summer long. Stay cool and enjoy the season!