How to Keep Dogs Cool in Summer:
With summer around the corner there are plenty of outings we want to plan together our pooches. Unfortunately, many people don't let their dogs in on the fun because they're worried about the extreme heat, especially in Southern California. With these tips, your four-legged friend can enjoy the great outdoors keeping your pups cool and safe
1. Let’s Stay Hydrated:
Keeping dogs cool in summer requires keeping plenty of water on hand, the more water the better. I always like to bring more than enough to make sure everyone, including myself, has enough water to stay focused on the activity at hand. One of the easiest ways to keep your dog cool and hydrated is to carry a portable, collapsible water bowl and bottles of cold water. Make sure your dog drinks water every hour. If he starts panting excessively, it is essential him into the shade and offer more water right away. Try to keep track of how heavily your dog is breathing. The chances are, higher outdoor temperatures will cause your dog to work harder to stay cool.
2. Get your dog wet
Best way to keep a dog nice and cool without drinking water would be to allow him to swim or other activities involving water. Always check out the gathering venue ahead of time to determine what water options are available for your dog. It's also a good idea to bring a few old towels along to dry your dog after he plays. Sometimes having your dog run though the sprinkles will do so much more help than having them taking constant heat from the sun.
PRO TIP: Start by getting your dog’s paws wet. There is a lot of heat produced by our dog’s paws from being in constant contact with the hot ground. The best solution for this is to simple get cold water and pour some on the surface where your dog is resting.
3. Keep your dog out of the midday heat
Avoid exercising with your dog on those hotter days, and if you must, at least avoid the midday hours or anytime it seems too hot for yourself. When going for a walk, avoid hot asphalt that can burn your pet’s paws, keep running to a minimum, and bring plenty of cold water to keep your dog cool. When temperature exceed over 84 Degrees, the paws of our best friends are in jeopardy from being burned. Concrete temperatures can be as low as 135 degrees on a 85 degree day.
4. Keep your dog out of a parked car.
With all the tragic stories in the news, this should go without saying — but you should never ever leave your dog in a parked car. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131°F-172°F when it’s 80°F-100°F outside.” Even with the windows cracked, temperatures rise quickly – hot enough to cause irreversible organ damage or even death.
5. Keep your dog out of the outdoor dog house
Just like your car, Dog houses aren’t safe in hot weather, because they block air flow and trap the heat inside. If your pet is outside, be sure to keep him or her in the shade when possible, with plenty of water on hand. You can add ice to their water bowl if it’s especially hot to help keep your dog cool when he’s outside.
6. Know the signs of Heatstroke in dogs & Procedures:
Heatstroke is a serious hazard for dogs on hot days, especially those who are very young or old, or not in good health. Watch for the following signs of heatstroke in your dog:
- Excessive panting and salivating
- Obvious discomfort
- Vomiting and diarrhea
If you see any of these signs in your dog, move him or her into a cooler environment right away and call your veterinarian. You can use ice packs and give your pet some cool water to alleviate the condition until you get to the veterinarian’s office.
Many of the complications from heatstroke do not begin to appear until several days after the incident — but prompt veterinary care can potentially prevent or treat some of these complications.
So, when you and your four-legged best friend head out this summer, remember these important tips for keeping dogs cool outside. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for yourself!
7. Provide your Dog with a Cooling Mat:
Cooling mats are a great option to keeping your pet nice and cool wherever you go. Many cooling mats come are light weight, portable, and puncture resistant material that requires no electricity. Some mats even have pressure activated gel technology to absorb body heat while deliver relief for pets from heat and joint pain. These cooling mats become a great option for those who like to take their dogs to an outdoor restaurant setting. Most dogs are defaulted to resting on the ground when we decide to get a bite to eat. With a cooling mat, you can keep your dog’s body temperature low while they can fully enjoy laying beside your feet while you. This way your pet sit down, relax, and cool off before heading to next destination.