As this heat wave takes over, remember to take care of your furry friends! Probably the single most important tip we give is this; if you don’t like it, most likely neither will your dog. This goes for extreme temperatures as well. And right now, most of the United States is experiencing a heat wave with record high temperatures.
Check out the tips below on how to keep dogs cool in summer and make sure to share with your fellow puppy parents so no doggy gets overheated.
1. If they look like they're hot, they probably are. Put them in shade and give them water. Keep them inside if possible in temperature controlled rooms. If you have a kiddy pool, fill it with cool water and let them play. Simple things can go a long way just like they can for us. And remember that dogs have a permanent coat on that holds heat, which can make the high temperatures even more extreme for them.
2. Pavement, concrete and other hard surfaces can cook eggs in the sun! So be mindful of your baby's paws and don't let them stand in one spot too long. Better yet try and avoid if at all possible. You can invest in some doggy shoes if you need to walk them on pavement. But if you don’t have those available, just make sure to test the pavement or hard surface with your own hand or foot. If it is too hot for you it is too hot for your doggy!
3. Keep them out of not only cars but also any other closed up spaces that have little to no air flow such as small, non-ventilated rooms. If they must stay in a car make sure to open the windows enough to allow airflow. Same goes for if they must be in a room or small area; make sure it is either temperature controlled or you have ventilation to allow airflow (sometimes that is not enough though as the air can be too hot, so use your best judgement here).
4. Do not make them be in the sun. Yes dogs love sunshine and air just like we do, but they also don't like to be cooked in the sun. Imagine wearing a heavy jacket and laying in the sun...that's what it's like for our babies!
5. Always have water available for them to access, both inside and out! Although we are against keeping any dog outside, if you do, make sure they have plenty of water. When taking them on walks or long journeys, remember to give them some water just like we would want.
6. Try giving them some ice as some dogs love it. They will probably play with it before fully chewing and eating it, which can be entertaining in and of itself.
When it comes down to it, just remember to treat your dog just like you do yourself or another person. They are our best friends after all. Let's make the world and better place for dogs and learn how to keep dogs cool in summer. Stay cool!