7 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Summer Heat July 05 2017, 0 Comments

With the temperatures rising in the Midwest we've compiled the best tips on how to keep not only dogs cool but all of our pets.

1. Keep your dog hydrated

The most important thing in preventing overheating is to make sure your dog/pet constantly has a fresh supply of clean water available.Most pets go through water more quickly in the warmer seasons so make sure you keep an eye on their water bowl frequently. Adding ice cubes to their bowl can help make the water last longer and provide cooler water for them to drink. 

2. Keep your house cool

If you're planning to leave your dog home alone for an extended period of time when it's hot out make sure you have the air conditioning on or leave the windows open, close the shades and turn on a fan to keep your dog cool.

3. Get a swimming pool

Most dogs love swimming and it provides a great way for dogs to cool down quickly. Since dogs can't sweat, getting wet helps provide them with the cool feeling of the water evaporating on their skin.

Swing by your local dollar store or department store and pick up a kiddie pool for your dog.

4. Buy or make frozen treats

Frozen treats that are high in water content are ideal for hot days. Things like Dog Ice cream can be bought in local grocery stores or else there are several great online DIY recipes to try out for your pet. Here are some of our favorite DIY recipes:

5. Check the pavement

Before you take your dog or pet for a walk, touch the pavement or blacktop with the back side of your hand. If the pavement is too hot for you to hold your hand on, then it is too hot for your pet's paws.

Either walk on the grass or gravel, consider booties or wait until the sun is down to take your dog for a walk.

There are plenty of great options for pet booties to protect your dogs' feet. Here are a few of our favorites:

6. Provide a cool surface

Dogs can cool off quickly by laying on a cool surface. Make sure you either provide shade or keep a tiled area in your house available for your dog to lay on and cool off.

If you don't have a cool surface in your house or outside for your dog try soaking a towel in cold water and laying it down for your dog to lie on.

7. Keep up with grooming

If you have a dog with a heavy coat and you're planning to have them outside often in the summer months, make sure you keep them well groomed. If your dog has an undercoat and it is not properly cared for, it can easily become matted and prevent air from blowing on your dog's skin which will cause them to overheat quickly.

If you can't afford to take your dog to a groomer, make sure your brush them often to help keep dead skin and fur off of their skin and keep your pet comfortable.

    Warning signs of overheating

    According to Pets WebMD the following symptoms can be warning signs of overheating and could be a sign of heatstroke. If you notice any of the following symptoms make sure you take your dog inside or somewhere cool immediately and monitor.

    • Heavy panting
    • Weakness
    • Agitation
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Trouble breathing
    • Dizziness
    • Dark or red gums and tongue