Whew is it hot out there! I bet your pet would appreciate these summertime tips on how to stay cool!
- Always make sure your pup has access to plenty of WATER! It’s great to take your pup with you to the local breweries, but don’t forget they would enjoy a cold beverage too! All dog friendly places offer dog bowls, so if you do not see one available, just ask a friendly employee! Or you can bring your own Gulpy Dog Water Bottle! Bring Fido has a great list of dog friendly places!
- Keep a wet bandana around their neck! This is especially helpful for those pups that don’t like to swim. It helps keep their body temps down 🙂
- In leu of the wet bandana, you can delicately dump some cool water on your pup’s neck, back, and belly. Be sure not to get water in their ears!
- Remember what it felt like to be a kid and run around barefoot on the blacktop, pretending it was hot lava? Well dog’s feet can feel heat too! Avoid having your pup walk or stand on blacktop for long periods of time, their paw pads can become cracked and irritated by the heat. Coconut oil is a great way to moisturize those baked pads! If your dog doesn’t mind, you could always get some Ruffwear booties!
- The shade is your friend! Please do not tie your pup up in the sunshine. Dogs can easily overheat and need access to shade and WATER!
- Early morning and evening walks are the best time of day for a dog walk. The air is cooler and the sun is lower in the sky.
- Frozen treats are fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Check out some easy recipes found on Rover’s site!
- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PUP IN THE CAR! Yes it sounds obvious, but I’m sure you see dogs locked in their cars as much as I do. And it is now legal for citizens to break into your vehicle to free your pets, so avoid having your windows broken or your dog overheating and leave Fido at home while you run your errands. Dogs don’t like chores anyways.