How can you keep your dog safe and happy this summer?

  • Keep your best friend hydrated this summer, have multiple water bowls inside and out. Change the water frequently to keep it fresh.
  • Limit exercise, especially in the heat of the day. Take your walks early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • If it’s over 85o leave your dog at home. They don’t need to be in a hot car or on a run with you, remember they are wearing a fur coat!
  • Use air conditioning if it’s sweltering and humid. No A/C? Keep the blinds down, windows open, and fans on.
  • Consider a haircut. Talk to your groomer about it, but most long-haired dogs will benefit from a new shorter summer hairdo!
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car, not even for a few minutes.
  • If your dog likes sunbathing be sure they move to the shade every 15 minutes so they don’t overheat! If they are in a deep snooze they may not move to a shady spot on their own.
  • Buy frozen dog treats or make your own. Take a Kong and put yogurt and nut butter in it and freeze it. Give it to your pooch for a delicious cooling treat.
  • If your dog loves water go for a swim (and read last months article about swimming).
  • Here is a twist on an old favorite – play a game of ice cube fetch.
  • Asphalt and concrete are boiling HOT on your pup’s pads (see the graphic at the end of the newsletter).
  • Look into cooling dog beds as an option if your dog can’t take the heat, or get a raised dog cot to allow for air circulation on the underside.
  • If your dog is overheated offer an ice pack or wet towels to lay on. Dogs cool down more with cool water on their feet and tummy than on their back.
  • Be extra careful with “at risk” dogs. Dogs that have short snouts, breathing issues, heart disease or are seniors have a higher chance of heat issues.

Keep your cool and have fun this summer!

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