The weather is warming. That said, most people prefer to spend more time outdoors and bring their pets along. Sure, it can be fun to hang out in the beach all day or go hiking during the summer, but this puts your furry friend at risk of heat stroke.
Too much heat can be dangerous for dogs. Your pets may not survive if their core temperature gets too high. With that in mind, here are 5 tips to keep your pets cool this summer.
Give cold treats
On hot days, it is a good idea to freeze tasty liquids in an ice cube tray or low sodium beef or chicken broth to make a frozen treat for Fido. Be sure to give him some treats a few at a time. Too many at a time may cause your dog to go into shock.
Bring your dogs inside on hot days. If you are going outdoors, be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. This is especially important for dark-colored dogs. These dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke as they absorb more of the sun’s rays.
Keep them hydrated
Keep an eye on the water bowl. Make sure there is clean and fresh water available to them at all times. If you’re going outside, be sure to bring a bottle of water to keep your dog cool. If your dog is sluggish or is panting, stop for a few minutes and give your dog some water.
Watch out for signs of dehydration
Watch your dog’s condition closely, especially on very warm days. An overheated dog may appear a little pale, their eyes will be bloodshot, they may become lethargic and drool.
Timing is everything
Exercise is essential to keep your dogs happy and healthy. But during the summer, be wary about bringing your dog out during the hottest times of the day. Avoid mid-day walks. Rather, save your daily walk or run for early in the morning or in the evening, once the sun has set.