With record temperatures around the country, it is important to keep your dogs in mind when it comes to keeping cool. Here are My Animal Top 10 Tips for beating the summer heat!
1) Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night
Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog.
2) Fresh, cool water
It is essential that you keep fresh, cool water available to your dog at all times. In hot weather, this is even more crucial. Make sure you keep the water dish in a shady location and change the water frequently.2) Watch for signs of dehydration.
3) Dogs can't sweat.
They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.
4) Keep your dog hydrated!
Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration. Carry a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog. Better yet have your dog carry it for you in a backpack. The water in the bottles will keep the dog cooler and also give the dog a sense of purpose.
5) Find innovative ways to cool your dog
Find a spot in the shade and set up a kids pool. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on. Or spray the dogs with a gentle mist of water.
6) Dogs cool from the bottom up
Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.
7) Use hot weather as an excuse to swim more often!
The best activity you can do in summertime or hot weather is swimming.
8) Never leave your dog in a parked car
The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.
9) Don't give your dog a haircut
You may be tempted to shave your pup's thick hair in an effort to cool him off for the summer, but it could do more harm than good. "A dog's coat provides a buffer to help him regulate his body temperature. A trim won’t help him handle the heat.
10) Have fun during the summer
Keep you dog entertained with a new toy, ideally in the shade.