If you’re feeling the heat, you can bet your dog is, too. The summer months can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, not just for humans, but for pets as well. Keeping your dog cool is vital as heat stroke in dogs is a life-threatening condition.
Summer safety is no joke, and it’s up to you to make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable. Here are some tips to keep your dog cool this summer.
Keep your dog hydrated
It is important that you keep fresh, cool water available to your dog at all times. Bring a bottle of water with you when going out with your dog. Add ice to the water if possible, especially when the temperature drops. If you are to leave him at home, ask someone to check and refill the bowl throughout the day.
Limit exercise on hot days
Some dogs love to play outdoors despite the heat. While spending more time outdoors can be a great source of fun and exercise, you have to be cautious about heat exhaustion. Let the dog spend the hottest part of the day in the house and take your dog out early in the morning or late at night instead.
Never leave your dog in the car
Never leave your dog inside the car during summer, even if the windows are open. Dogs can suffer from heat stroke and die in a matter of minutes.
It is quite easy to keep your pet cool, and it won’t cost much. You can buy dog ice cream and frozen yogurt in the market, but if you want, you can also make cold treats for your pets at home.
You can take a can of food, stick a popsicle stick in it and freeze it. You can also treat them to a cool, refreshing smoothie.