Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

Labrador bathing in the river, spray stick team jumpAs we reach the heart of summer fun many of us are noticing that we are also experiencing a heat index that feels like we are approaching the sun.  Summer heat while great for beach days and pool parties is not necessarily great for our dogs. Due to their fur coats and in ability to sweat like we do a warm day can quickly become dangerous to their health.  Before you head to cooler climes here are some tips to help keep your dog cool and safe this summer.

  1. Never leave your dog in the car. Not even for a few minutes while you run into the grocery store. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, if it is 83 degrees outside your car can reach temperatures in excess of 109 degrees, even with the windows cracked. Dogs regulate their temperature through panting, if the air outside is hot they are unable to cool themselves resulting in hyperthermia that could be deadly.
  2. Lots and lots of water. Make sure that you have provided your dog with extra water while you are out and about. You can even add ice cubes for a cool and refreshing treat.
  3. Provide shade or access to indoors. If your leave your dog outdoors most of the time, be sure to provide a shaded area for them to escape the blazing heat. If you don’t have a dog house, you can hang a patio shade. Doggie doors are also a great way to let them access a cooler space, if needed.
  4. Visit the vet. Some dogs are susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer. A quick check-up with your vet can help you discover the best way to keep them safe from the sun.
  5. Doggie Day Care. If your schedule has you very busy this summer, consider a stay at a dog day care center. Doggie day care will let your dog socialize with other dogs in a cool and comfortable environment. Let them play until their hearts content while you soak up the suns’ rays.

Summer is a great time to play outside, but before you head out be sure your dog has a way to stay cool. These simple tips can help keep your dog healthy and happy.