Summer is definitely upon us in full force, and one of the questions we are asked most often is How Can I Keep My Dog Cool In The Summer?
We’ve compiled a collection of tips from experts that can help your fuzzy friends avoid overheating:
Make Sure Your Dog Has Fresh Water
One of the most important things to do when trying to keep your dog cool is to make sure they always have a continuous supply of clean, preferably cool water. If your dog is outside and unsupervised, make sure to give him two or three large bowls of fresh water. If he manages to knock one of them over this will ensure that he still has plenty of water left to drink.
Make Sure Your Dog Has Shade
If you leave your dog outside in hot weather, even for a short period of time, be sure he has some shade so he can get in out from of the heat. Porches, trees and lawn umbrellas are all good sources of shade for your dog. If possible, keep your dog indoors and in the air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
If for some reason your dog must remain outside during the hottest part of the day during the summer months, try to install a dog house in a shady part of your yard. Check to see that your dog’s house will be cool enough for him by gauging its inside temperature during the hottest part of the day. Paint the roof of your dog’s house white. That will keep it a little bit cooler since it will reflect the sun.
Get Your Dog A Cooling Mat
Dog cooling mats are a wonderful and fairly new technology that help to dissipate the heat from your dogs body during the summer. There are several types. One type uses simple water filled pockets which you must store in the freezer between uses. The most functional and also most costly option uses a refrigerant gel solution that cools down in the ambient air when your dog is not laying on it. Both types are available for purchase on Amazon.
Watch Out For Hot Cars
If you’re planning on taking your dog out with you on trips in the car during the summer months, keep in mind that cars can get very hot very fast when left in a parking lot with the windows rolled up. The temperature inside can literally be lethal to dogs. Do your best not to leave your dog in the car at all, since it can still get pretty hot in there even when the windows are open. If for some reason you absolutely must leave your dog in the car, park it in the shade and roll the windows down.
If you’re worried about your dog jumping out of the car and running into a parking lot, you can leave the windows rolled up part of the way.
Limit Outdoor Exercise
You should limit your dog’s outdoor activities during hot weather, even his indoor activities should be limited if you don’t have A/C or a well ventilated house with fans. Strenuous exercise, especially in particularly hot climates can cause your dog to overheat. In addition to that your dog risks burning his paws on the hot pavement. Dogs do need exercise to be healthy and happy, but do your best to schedule this exercise to the early morning and evening, when it’s cool outside.
If your dog appears to be suffering from heat stroke, quickly cool him down with tepid (not cold) tap water.