HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL IN THE SUMMER?

If you think you get hot during the summer, imagine how your dog feels!  Fortunately, there are easy steps that can be taken to keep your pet cool, so that you can both enjoy all the fun that summer brings.

Provide Access To Water And Shade

Always make sure that your dog has access to cool water, both inside and outside of the house.  You can even try adding ice cubes to the water to keep it cool for longer periods.  When dogs are outside, make sure that they have access to plenty of shade.  Avoid using their doghouse or crate on a hot day, as airflow is restricted in these and can trap the heat in.

Take Precautions When Exercising

If it is hot and humid, limit your activities outside and when outside, if you feel they are exerting themselves too much, bring them inside for a break.

Avoid the intense heat of midday and instead, go for a walk in the morning or evening when the temperatures are cooler. Bring enough water for both you and your dog and do not forget a bowl for your pet to drink from.  Also, remember to check the temperature of the pavement before heading out.  If it feels hot to your touch, it is likely going to be too hot for your dog’s paws. Either choose a path that is on grass or protect your dog’s paws with some booties.

Let Them Play In Water

Providing a way for your dog to get wet and play in the water is a great way to keep them cool.  You can fill up an inexpensive wading pool or even just turn on the sprinkler for your dog to use to cool down.  If the pool has been sitting in the sun for a few hours, check the temperature of the water before letting your dog jump in, as it can heat up quickly.  

Even better, take your dog to a lake or river where they can jump in and cool off.  They can burn off all their energy at the same time. 

Never Leave Your Pet In A Parked Car

Hopefully, by now, this is obvious.  Even on cooler days, the temperature inside a car can heat up quickly to the point where it becomes dangerous for your pet.  Even a quick trip to the store for a few things can become life-threatening for a dog left in a car.  Things like parking in the shade and opening the windows do not provide enough relief from the soaring temperatures that can be reached inside a car.  

Know The Signs Of Heatstroke  

Lastly, always be aware of the signs of heatstroke in your dog. 

They can include:

  • Raised temperature (101.5 is average)
  • Excess salivation and thickened saliva
  • Rapid breathing and panting
  • Fatigue 
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Muscle tremors
  • Staggering

If your dog is exhibiting any of these, take immediate steps to cool down your dog (such as placing cold damp cloths on your dog) and contact your vet.

With a few simple steps, you can make sure that your pet is comfortable and cool in the hot summer months.  You can continue to enjoy activities outside and with the YoPets GPS tracker, you can monitor your dog’s whereabouts and be worry-free.