The summer is upon us and as the temperatures start to climb we’re all looking for ways to keep cool… but what about our furry friends with the year round fur coat? Here are 5 tips to help keep your dog cool through the hot summer months.
1. Water (duh)
First and foremost, keep your dog hydrated. This is pretty obvious, but pets go through water quickly in the summer, so keep an eye on the water bowl at all times and refill as necessary.
2. Kiddie Pool For The Furry Kids
Provide a kiddie wading pool for you puppy’s splashing pleasure. Set it in the shade and fill it up each day. Make sure your pup can climb out on their own so you don’t risk drowning.
Dog ice cream is found in pretty much every grocery store, but if you like you can make your own frozen broth popsicle. Also, chilled cucumber is a no-prep option that is full of water.
4. Proper Grooming Is Important
Though clipping double-coated dogs won’t help keep them cool (the top “guard hairs” actually act as insulation against the heat and sunburn), keeping your pup properly groomed, will. 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 dogs skin. Frequent brushing helps remove and “dead” fur and keeps your pets coat healthy and comfortable.
5. Use Common Sense
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.