Summer’s steadfastly approaching and that means longer days and shorter nights!
That also means the temperatures are going to soar and you’ll need to keep your dog cool and comfortable. Below are 6 useful tips for you.
If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, don’t worry! Find a nice little spot in the shade and put together a kiddie pool for your pup. Try putting a pan of ice in front of a fan and blowing it towards him. You can also lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on and cool off.
Choose outdoor exercise times wisely.
Take your dog outside early in the morning or later in the evening to exercise. These are the coolest parts of the day and will greatly ensure your dog’s comfort.
Watch for signs of dehydration.
Since dogs don’t and can’t sweat, they cool off by panting. If your dog is overheated, you’ll notice him drooling more than usual. Does he look lethargic or appear a little pale? If so, these are signs of dehydration.
Keep your dog hydrated!
Always keep fresh water out and accessible for your dog. If you’re going out for a walk, carry a bottle of water with you for his drinking purposes. If possible, keep it near a cooling pack in your backpack or carrying item.
Never EVER leave your dog in a parked car.
You’ve heard this before and seen horror stories, but we’re going to reiterate these important words of caution. Do not leave your dog in a parked car. Do not leave him, even if your car is in the shade, because cars retain heat more than an open area. If you’re in the car on a trip, keep the AC running for his safety.
If he digs, let him dig!
Dogs in nature will dig dens to hide out, search for food, or give birth. If you see him digging, let him. He’s probably hot and trying to keep cool. If it’s possible, locate a shady area where it’s okay for your dog to dig. Sit back and watch him work!
All of these tips will help aid in keeping your beloved dogs comfortable and cool!