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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

As the seasons change and the weather takes a turn towards the hot summer days, it’s a no brainer that the heat and humidity also impacts your pets. As you prepare yourself for those high temperature and humidity days, keep these simple tips in mind for your dogs to keep your dogs cool.


1. Never leave your dog in the car.

This is an obvious one but what’s difficult to really express just how quickly the temperature can jump in a car in a matter of minutes. Even if a window is cracked, temperatures inside a car can jump by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, the CDC warns. PETA reports that there were 71 confirmed cases of pets dying in hot cars in the last year and a half, while noting that there are almost certainly more as most are not reported.


2. Create shade and leave ample water.

If you leave your dog outside in a fenced yard during the day, be sure that they have plenty of shady areas and more water than usual. For extremely hot days, consider leaving them inside.


3. Leave air conditioning on.

If you leave your pets in the house during the daytime, be sure to set the air to a comfortable temperature if you have air conditioning. Close all windows and draw shades before the sun hits them.


4. Save longer walks for morning and night.

The Farmer’s Almanac concludes that the hottest part of the day is 3pm, so if nothing else avoid this time of the day for walks.


5. Check the pavement and sidewalks with your hand.

If it’s too hot for the palm of your hand, it’s too hot for paws. Choose a dirt path, grass or wait it out. If you’re having a beach day, the sand should also be tested before bringing your dog out on it.


6. Take extra precaution if your dog is part of an at risk group.

Elderly dogs, dogs under 6 months, overweight dogs and short-nosed breeds are all considered higher risk populations.


7. Treat them to something cold.

During an especially hot spell, your pet can cool down quicker with a cup of doggy ice cream or simply make your own frozen treat for them by blending peanut butter and bananas and freezing them in a muffin tin. While bananas are nutritious for dogs, they also have a fair amount of sugar, so use this treat in moderation.

 

8. Go to the groomer.

Short or long haired, they should still be groomed to thin out the thicker winter coat that may be hanging on still. Your groomer will know what is right for your dog. Keep in mind that not all dogs should be shaved because it leaves their skin too exposed to the sun.


9. Take them swimming.

If you have access to a swimmable body of water, let your dog play if they like. Or, if you have a yard that warrants it, get a small plastic pool they can wade in.


10. Soak a towel in cold water for them to lay on.

If they’re especially warm, or just coming off a walk, help them cool down quickly with this towel trick.

While these are all great tips and tricks to help your dog stay cool and prevent heat-related issues, in extreme circumstances, those can still occur. As always, follow the advice and direction of your trusted veterinarian.  Remain vigilant for signs of heat exhaustion in your dog and store your vets number and your local emergency animal clinics number in your phone in case you need quick advice; with the BabelBark app, you have all of these resources at your fingertips! And please, summer responsibly 😉

 

 

 

 

 


Sources:
“Heat-Related Deaths: 71 Animal Companions and Counting.” PETA, PETA, 21 June 2019,
www.peta.org/features/dogs-and-other-companion-animals-suffer-heat-related-deaths/.

“Heat and Pets | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 June 2017,
www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/pets.html.

DiLonardo, Mary Jo. “How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer.” WebMD, WebMD,
pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/dog-cool-summer#1.

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