Seven Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool this Summer
Summer is finally here Chicago! Bring on the pool days, cold treats, and time spent outdoors. As we are getting hit with the summer heat, it is important to remember that our dogs cannot swap out their fur coats for summer attire. Dogs can easily overheat
and become in serious danger if they are left in the heat for too long. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms of an overheated dog and take further precautions to avoid injury. Here are seven ways to keep your dog cool this summer:
Ice, Ice Baby
A trick I like to use with my dog, Mia, is adding ice cubes to her water bowl in the summer. After she is done running around outside, an ice-cold drink can be very refreshing. Even the ice cubes can be a chilling snack.
While you may want to get some color from the sun, your pup should not. While on a walk or during play, keep an eye out for shaded areas that your dog can rest in. Don’t forget to watch out for hot sidewalks, gravel, and other surfaces. If the ground is too hot for your feet, it will be too hot for them as well.
Yes, you read that correctly...dog ice cream! There is a sweet option for the sweet tooth fan and also a savory recipe. Take a look at the dog approved pupsicles on myrecipes
. Side note: The sweet recipe contains peanut butter. Please check your peanut butter ingredients before feeding your pets. If you see Xylitol - do not give this to your dog. Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in some peanut butters that can be very harmful for your pet.
You're not the only one that loves jumping in a pool in the summer heat. Give Fido a refreshing bath with the hose or let them lounge in their own puppy pool
. You can also use a plastic kiddie pool as well. I tried with my dog, but she prefers to stay on dry land.
H20 on the Go
Dogs should always have access to water. If you and your dog travel often, invest in a travel dish that keeps your dog hydrated while on-the-go. I found one at Petco here
A friend of mine recently purchased a cooling collar
for his dog to wear outside this summer. This may help your dog in the most hot, humid conditions. I also stumbled upon a cooling pad
for your household as well. If you are a fan of similar items, let us know.
Time for a Trim
If you have a long-haired dog, he/she could really use a haircut. Trimming the hair allows for more air circulation, keeping your dog nice and cool. Here is the best groomer I found in the Chicagoland area, Shorty Styles!
There are many ways to stay comfortable in the blazing heat. Be sure to let us know your favorite ways to keep your pet cool this summer!
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Written by Kathryn Minniti