The dog days of summer are definitely here. We have already had several days where the temperature exceeded 100 degrees. When we are sitting in our air-conditioned homes, it’s easy to forget how hot it is outside. Canines need (and deserve) to feel cool in the summer. Here are some tips to help your dog beat the heat this summer.
Give them an Indoor Space
We have a baby gate set up that sections off a small area of a room. When we leave for longer periods of time in the summer, we let our dogs into this area. In this way, they can be in the air-conditioned house and I don’t have to worry about them getting into mischief while we are gone. I realize that some people have smaller homes or don’t want hair inside the house. However, on those really hot days, it is a good idea to make an exception.
Additional Sources of Water
We often leave our plastic baby pool or water table out (with fresh water, of course). The kids like it and the dogs like it too. My dogs aren’t much for jumping into pools. However, they both love running water. Thus, sometimes, we will put our hose into a tree and turn the attachment onto mist. We also have misters on the patio. The mist makes it feel 10 degrees cooler. Typically, we don’t leave anything plastic out in the yard because there is a possibility our dogs may eat it. Also, be aware that some dogs are not natural swimmers. Thus, if you have a pool, teach your dog to swim and show him how to get out of the pool. A pool fence is a good idea too.
Provide Plenty of Fresh Water
Water is essential to preventing dehydration. On hot, summer days, it is important to frequently check your dog’s water bowl. If you are going to be gone for some time, leave more than one source of water for your furry friends. In this way, if your dog knocks over their bowl, they will have an extra one. Many pet stores carry “non-tip” bowls too. A gravity waterer can help provide fresh water if you will be away from your home for awhile.
We have a few trees and a California roof in our backyard. However, there is not a ton of shade for our dogs. It’s important for dogs to have a shady place. If you don’t have a lot, an easy-up tent can help provide shade for your pet.
When we travel with our dogs, they go in crates in the back of my SUV. My car is older. Thus, the air-conditioning doesn’t reach the back of the car well. However, the other day I came across these thermostatic crate fans. The fans are quiet and can “be hung on a cage, crate, or pet carrier.” Furthermore, “these fans circulate the air, removing warm air from the cage interior, and can help to protect the pet from overheating.” We are getting these for our dogs for our next summer trip.
Protect those Paws
Have you ever felt the pavement on a hot summer’s day? It’s necessary to protect your dogs’ paws too. An easy way to protect your dog’s feet is to go on walks early in the morning and walk in the shade. You can also purchase dog booties for your pooch.
These tips will help keep your dog cool and happy this summer!
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