Summers are a terrific time to put on a beach suit and hit the waters. No matter how intense the mid-day sun is, there’s always something to beat the heat. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same about your pets.
They can’t adapt to extremely hot and cold climes as well as humans can. Your dog could quickly develop heat exhaustion if they are left out on the burning pavement. Even if you take them out for some water splashing, they still need to be supervised.
In order to make the heat enjoyable for your furry pal, here are some thoughtful tips on how to keep your dog cool in the summers.
1. Keep Hydrating Them
Your elders may have often nagged you on the importance of hydration, so now it’s time to do the same with your dog. While most dogs are vulnerable to extreme heat, some breeds are in greater peril than others.
If your dog has thick, furry long hair, has a medical condition or is either too young or too old, then you need to be extra careful. Pugs, shih tzus, bulldogs – brachycephalic breeds— are more susceptible to dehydration. If your pet isn’t drinking enough water, keep more water bowls around them. And if you love being extravagant, keep a dog drinking fountain to attract your pet.
They may play with the water, but they will definitely be drinking more that way. When your dog returns after a run, it may be hard to make them drink water. It may be easier to cup some in your hand and help your pet gulp it down. Apart from hydration, the gesture will double the love between you two.
2. Never Leave Them in the Car
Don’t ever leave your dog in a locked car. Even when you think you’ll be returning after 5 minutes, humans can quickly succumb to forgetfulness. And knowing that vehicles and pavements are the quickest to burn up during summers, don’t test your pet’s limits.
Even if the car is spacey with the AC turned on, dogs can quickly suffocate and grow agitated in a locked, cramped vehicle. So don’t take any risks and keep your furry pal with you at all times.
3. Keep Your Home Cool
If your pooch will stay in the house in your absence, make sure your home is nice and cool. You may want to turn on the A.C or one or two fans to cool down the heat. Make sure the curtains are closed, as most of the heat seeps in from the windows. You can also use dog cooling mats or rugs to keep them extra cool.
4. Take Them Out for Some Beach Lovin’
If you’re wondering what to do with your dog on a hot day, then get him wet. Take your puppy out to the beach, with his favorite toys and make sure to have lots of fun. If the beach isn’t feasible, simply put up a small, shallow pool so that they can indulge in some splashing and waddling.
You can even add some ice cubes or ice packs to keep the pool chill. And, try to avoid keeping your pet in his kennel, as that can be suffocating and too hot. Trees can be much better for shade than doghouses.
So, that’s it, with these simple and smart precautions, both you and your pet can chill through the summers. Keep in touch with us for more awesome pet tips!