How to Keep Dogs Cool in the Summer

Summer is in full swing and there is nothing better than getting yourself outdoors with your furry best friend for a hike, run or dip in the water. But, with the recent spikes in temperatures caused by the heatwaves, it’s crucial to take care of yourself as well as your dog. Below are the most common ways to help with keeping your dog cool and comfortable when temperatures are high.  

Having water readily available should always be first on the list. Take a break at various points of your activity for a water break. Don’t forget to save some for yourself, though.  

Frozen treats can help keep the body temperature down. Give your dog ice cubes or throw ice cubes in their water bowl to help keep their water cold. Plain, frozen green beans are twice as nice since they are cold and serve as a reward too. Consider keeping a bag in your freezer during the warmer months.  

The United States is not the only country battling higher-than-normal temperatures. Poland, who has yet to see any weather related records broken, is having trouble in  their animal shelters. Their dogs and cats simply don’t want to, “do anything.” So, they decided to do something about it. The shelter has filled children’s pools with water, created shaded spots and installed air conditioners to increase comfort for  it’s dogs and cats. 

According to the American Kennel Club, a few signs to watch for when outside during the summer is your dog’s tongue or gums becoming sticky, thick saliva or heavy drooling. These are the early signs your pooch is starting to grow uncomfortable. Your dogs tongue should be a smooth, healthy pinkish color if  properly hydrated. Should symptoms escalate, contact your veterinarian or hospital  immediately.  

Our dogs can’t tell us when they are feeling uncomfortable, as much as we’d like  them to be able to. They can, however, show signs and it is our responsibility to be  conscious of those signs. Having water ready at all times, keeping frozen treats in  stock and keeping an eye on any potential symptoms of overheating will make sure  you and your dog have an eventful, safe summer. 

Author: Shane Crosby, Marketing Team