How do you cope with the summer heat? I normally break the bank, turning my AC down to 68, swim every chance I get, and go to happy hour every day at Sonic for a nice cold slushie. Heck, I even have multiple fans to lower my body temperature.
Now, how do your fur babies deal with the summer heat? Sunny days last a good season, so be sure to keep your dog cool during the summer months. As temperatures rise, pups can suffer from heat stroke. Prevent overheating with these pet products designed to keep your dog cool.
Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs
- Loud panting
- Extreme thirst
How to Keep Dogs Cool During Summer
I'm extremely allergic to cats, but that doesn't stop me from feeding the neighborhood feral cat. I feel bad thinking about how warm her water bowl must be until I get home from work. Elsie is going to have cold drinking water all day now. No more melted ice cubes that just turn into warm water.
Your doggie (or outdoor dog or cat) is going is to love having cold water 24/7.
This is the kind of summertime weather that makes me want to put my sheets in the freezer two hours before I go to sleep. Once summer and the warm days roll around, I truly hate the feeling of warm sheets fresh out the dryer. Your dog will love their cooling pad. I recommend this if you turn your air conditioning up a little before you leave for work.
Dogs love this for hot days! A customer gave the cooling mat five stars and wrote, "This mat is large enough for our 90lb Pit/Lab mix to lay on happily and has done wonders for her cooling off. She has a heart murmur but refuses to let it slow her down, but that does mean she is almost always panting after coming inside. It used to take half an hour or more for her to cool off and calm down, but now she'll go straight to her mat and within a few minutes she'll be happily relaxed."
Protect your dog's paws from hot weather and sunburn. I know you wouldn't try to walk outside barefoot when it's over 105 degrees outside. You can get your dog some breathable mesh booties. If your pooch doesn't like the boots, I recommend paw pads.
4. Dog Pool
Dog's like to swim, too! If you live near a river, your pup has probably developed a love for cool water. Your water fur baby can continue the love at home and cool off in their very own dog pool. It also doubles as a kiddie pool since it's only a foot deep.
Your little ones will enjoy some fun in the sun with their furry friend. Be sure to supervise children around pools and never leave them unattended. You'll also want to make sure your doggie pool is always filled with fresh water.
Spoil your pup with a shady area and prevent heavy panting as they desperately try to lower their body temperature. This is a nice retreat from a dog house. Outside, but with the perfect amount of shade. Since this dog bed is elevated, there's room for airflow and keeps your dog's body off hot surfaces or the hot pavement.
Dog owners, your pets will appreciate all you do to keep them cool during this hot summer. Although warm weather does bring the opportunity for fun outdoor activities, you have to take precautions and think of how it can affect your dogs. Remember, never leave your pup in a hot car, even in the early morning.
This post was originally published on July 9, 2019.