When summer comes, it’s difficult to stay cool. Even we, who are practically hairless, have trouble beating the summer heat, so just imagine how hard it is for your furry little friend who can’t sweat and cool down that way. But you can help your dog by following these tips.
1. Get your dog physically active in the morning or at night.
Early mornings and late nights is when it’s not as hot as in the middle of the day. If you take your dog for a walk or exercise with it early or late in the day, the activity will be more comfortable and easily bearable for both of you. Your dog needs exercise, so skipping on that just because it’s hot is not a good solution, so take it for a walk when it’s a bit cooler.
2. Always have some fresh water around your dog.
Just like you, your dog too needs to hydrate, and the darker its fur is the more difficult it is for it to handle heat, as darker colors absorb more of it. Also, if your dog has a few excess pounds, it may need more water during the hot summer days.
When you’re at home, make sure your dog always has fresh water, and when you go outside, carry a bottle of water. If your dog starts drooling, it’s a sign that it is dehydrated and it needs water right away. The same applies if it becomes a little pale and its eyes are bloodshot.
3. Find a shelter from the hot sun.
Your dog may like some sun, but not too much, and it will eventually need to cool down. Make sure your dog isn’t exposed to sun for too long, as it, like humans, can get sunburns and become lethargic and exhausted.
Making a shelter such as a dog house would be ideal. If you don’t have the means for it, some kind of a tent could be a good alternative. The shelter should also be in a place where it is usually shady, so it wouldn’t be too hot inside.
This, of course, applies only if your dog isn’t allowed inside the house.
4. Provide your dog with a cooling pool.
It doesn’t actually have to be a pool. You can put some water in an old baby tub or some kind of washbowl large enough for your dog to fit in. This is a good solution if your dog likes water and enjoys playing in it.
The ‘pool’ should be placed in an area where it’s shady, so that the water can stay cooler than it would if it was left on the sun. Of course, don’t forget to regularly change the water inside the ‘pool’, as it will become dirty and stinky after a while.
5. Doggie boots are useful.
We’ve advised you to take your dog for a walk when it’s not too sunny. However, if you need to take it in the middle of the day, you should know that the ground, especially cement and asphalt, is very hot and that it can burn your dog’s paws.
Dogs also absorb heat through their feet, so if they are walking on hot ground, it will be more difficult for them to cool down. Therefore, it would be useful to buy doggie boots at a pet shop, as they will help your dog not touch the hot ground with its feet and it will be easier on them.
6. Use a wet towel.
Dogs feel the most heat on their bellies and the entire bottom side. Therefore, it is not enough to cool your dog only at its top, but you should cool its paws and stomach. Spraying your dog gently with cool water is fine, but a wet towel can do wonders. When your dog is lying with its belly facing up, it will be easy for you to cool your dog down from the bottom with a wet towel.
Your dog will be more than thankful for this relief.