Summer is Coming

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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.

Pampering

  • 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.

Summertime Fun!

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.

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