For many of us the summer sun is already upon us! Here are some easy tips on keeping your Pup safe from the heat this summer:
In the Car
The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. On a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle. Try sitting in your car and see how quickly it becomes uncomfortable.
- If at all possible, avoid leaving your pup in the car. No matter how fast you will be, the car gets hot real quick and dogs can die of heat stroke in a hot car.
- Leaving the windows cracked doesn’t actually help too much. A car with cracked windows can heat up just as quickly as a completely sealed car. Leaving the windows all the way down helps with air flow, but make sure your dog cannot jump out, and bring your valuables with you. The car still heats up with all the windows down.
- Leave the air conditioner running. It’s always best if you have another human in the car that can wait with the Pups.
- Park in the shade.
- Leave them water!
On a Walk
- Put a human paw to the ground to check its temperature. If it’s uncomfortable for you, chances are it’s uncomfortable for your Pup.
- Walk on the grass rather than sun-cooked dirt or pavement.
- Those winter boots can be used in the summer too.
- Go on outings earlier in the morning and later in the evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
- If going on a longer walk than a jaunt around the block bring some water for your pup. I carry a Gulpy because it’s easy and I can also drink from it.
- Walking near a water source is a good idea. Either a clean stream or water fountains. A place where your Pup can take a dip or at least wet their paws is ideal.
- A wet bandana helps keep your Pup cool. Dumping water onto their necks is also quite refreshing.
In the House
- Always make sure there’s fresh water available. Adding a second water bowl to the house (or third) is helpful.
- Ice cubes are great to add to water bowls.
- Frozen treats are a great… treat. Peanut Butter in a Kong in the freezer is simple. Mixing plain yogurt with dog friendly fruits, berries, and veggies into an ice tray is a step up.
- Air conditioner or fans and open windows are necessary for a dog an inside dog. A cool surface to lie on is appreciated.
- If your Pup has to be outdoors make sure they have a covered shelter and access to plenty of cool water. Water left in a metal bowl in the sun gets very hot.
- A kiddie pool is a fun addition, and you can benefit from it too.
- Coconut oil and Musher’s Secret are great relief for cracked or burned paws.
- A well groomed coat helps to release heat. Matted and knotted hair keeps the heat in.
- Shaving the coat is very helpful, but some breeds should NOT be shaved so do a little research before taking out the shears.