Keep your dog cool this summer

Keep your dog cool this summer

As much as we want our pets to enjoy summer like we do, they often get overheated and dehydrated faster than we do.  It’s important to know how to protect your dog so that he can enjoy summer to the best of his ability.

One great way to keep your pet cool and provide some exercise is to play fetch in the pool.  If you don’t have a pool big enough for that, providing a small kiddie pool that your pet can stand or lie in can also be a great way to help him cool off.

Try taking your dog for walks early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. When walking, it’s best to avoid hot pavement or concrete because it’s damaging to your dog’s paws.  Try to find grassy parks for your pet during the hottest months.

 

Make sure to provide plenty of cold, fresh water for your pet.  If you’re going to be away from home for a while consider adding ice cubes to the water to keep it cold for your dog.

If it’s over 85 degrees, it’s best to leave your dog at home, according to dogvacay.com. Even if you think your pet will have a great time at the beach with you, he’s likely to get dehydrated and overheated quicker than you think.

Finally, if your pet enjoys spending a lot of time outside, make sure he has a nice shady place to lie, like under a tree or awning.

Just in case, here’s a great infographic from dogvacay.com showing the signs of dehydration in dogs:

 

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