Dog Care 101 Tip #218: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer
Summer is now in full swing! It’s prime time for cookouts, trips to the beach and loads of other great outdoor activities. Including your dog in outdoor activities is great exercise. But when the summer heat hits, it’s crucial to take extra precautions to keep your dog safe. So in the name of summer safety, BestBullySticks has thrown together this quick and easy guide focused on key areas of concern all owners should keep an eye on.
Getting dehydrated during the hottest months of the year isn’t too much of a challenge. This is especially true if you’re spending a lot of time outside. And while minor dehydration only causes minimal discomfort and the occasional headache, it’s still a very dangerous and slippery slope. Minor dehydration leads to more serious issues like heat stroke. It’s much harder for dogs to cool off than people so keep a close eye on your dog this summer and get familiar with the early signs of heat stroke:
Heavy or excessive panting and breathing
If you think your dog is showing symptoms of heat stroke try and cool the dog down by bathing him/her in cool water. Get your dog to drink room temperature water (ice cold water can shock the stomach) and apply rubbing alcohol to their paw pads. When in doubt, seek veterinary attention right away. It’s always best to play it safe!
During mild months, leaving your dog in the car with the windows cracked for a very short period of time isn’t so bad. However, during the summer, it’s a recipe for disaster. Never leave your dog in a car on a hot day. Even mild outside temperatures can be +20° inside a car. Cracking windows don’t do much either.
Car safety goes beyond the interior, though. Be on the lookout for automobile fluids as well. Antifreeze poisoning is very common among dogs. Despite it’s poisonous nature, antifreeze tastes sweet and can cause dogs to consume dangerous amounts quickly.
If your dog hangs out outside for long periods of time your dog can easily cool off. Dog houses and other shady areas can make all the difference when trying to cool off.
Having plenty of fresh water on hand is also very important. BestBullySticks recommends freezing a mix of water and chicken stock with some toys and treats inside. This over sized pop will give your dog a great distraction and a tasty way to stay hydrated! Just be sure not to include small toys your dog could swallow or pose a choking hazard.
Shade and fresh water is the bare minimum for keeping your dog comfortable during the summer. On exceptionally hot days, staying inside might be the safest bet. And depending on your breed of dog, extra seasonal grooming might be necessary. Long haired and thickly coated breeds should have their hair cut to help them stay cool.
Schedule Your Walks
Early morning and late night walks are a great way to avoid the heat. Not only is it cooler outside, but the pavement is too. This might not seem terribly important to us humans but walking on hot surfaces can burn the pads of your dog’s feet. Keep your walk leisurely and opt in favor of taking your strolls during cooler weather.
Does your dog love fun in the sun? Tell us how you beat the heat below! BestBullySticks encourages all owners keep their dog safe and entertained all summer long. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter to keep up with our news and specials!