9 Ways To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer
Summer is finally here and it is HOT! We have put together a few ways to keep your pet in this scorching heat.
1.) Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night.
These times are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog. If your pet has respiratory issues then it is essential to keep exercise to a minimum on hot days.
2.) Keep your pet hydrated.
It is important that your pet has access to fresh clean water at all times whether indoors or outdoors. Make sure you carry a water bottle with you when taking your dog for a walk so you can offer water at all times. There are special portable water bottles for dogs.
3.) Find new ways to cool your dog.
Lots of people will keep their pets inside and turn on the airconditioning for them on really hot days.
If you don’t have air conditioning, there are lots of other things you can do to help your pet stay cool. Set up a kiddie pool in some shade in your back yard, you can add ice blocks to keep the water cooler for longer. Set up a fan for your dog or lay down an ice cold wet towel for your pet to lay down on. See what you can come up with!
4.) Dogs and cats cool from the bottom up.
When cooling your pet with water, make sure you spray their feet, underarms and bellies. This will cool them down much more rapidly than a wet towel on their back.
5.) Never leave your dog in a parked car.
You’ve heard this before, but we’ll say it again – never leave your dog in a parked car.
Your car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited or stressed in the car, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the air conditioning running.
6.) Put some shoes on your dog
We all know walking on a hot pavement can scorch your feet, so why do we let our pets do it? Even though they have thick pads on their feet, they are still prone to mild burns on their paws from walking on hot cement. So if you must walk your pet on the hot pavement, put some boots on your pet!
7.) Let your dog dig.
Your dog may resort to finding his own way to avoid the heat. Dogs in nature dig their dens not out of frustration but to find food, hide–or keep cool! If it’s possible, locate a shady area where it’s okay for your dog to dig.
8.) Watch out for sunburn.
Dogs and cats can get sunburned as well! Using dog and cat sunscreen for your pet will help protect it from sunburn like us. Many short haired, white and bald dogs and cats suffer from sunburn. Make sure your dog or cat has sunscreen if their fur is short or their skin is pink. Pay extra special attention to their noses and ears. It is still a good idea to keep out of the sun during those peak times of the day.
9.) Go for a swim!
The best activity you can do at this time of year is swimming. Instead of walking the dog, take the dog on a swim! If you have a pool at home, you can use that, or even better, take the whole family to the beach and make a day of it.