Hot summer temperatures put your dog at risk for dehydration or heatstroke—after all, your pup is braving the same heat you are while wearing a fur coat. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your dog stay cool and healthy on hot summer days.
1) Bring water on walks.
Your pup may love running around on hot summer days, but if you notice excessive panting and drooling, your dog may be dehydrated—and rapid heartbeat, a dry warm nose, and an anxious expression mean that dehydration could be turning into heatstroke. Keep your dog’s temperature down by carrying a collapsible water bowl on every walk. Then, bring your dog’s temperature down further by adding ice cubes to his water bowl when you get home.
2) Switch to a cooling mat.
A self-cooling mat can provide instant relief to overheated dogs who need a nap. You can also pop it in the refrigerator for a few minutes on scorching days. It’s also perfect for crates, which can heat up during any season.
3) Provide shade outside.
If your dog loves spending time in the backyard during the summer, make sure your pup has a shady spot to relax. This durable outdoor pet bed with a canopy will keep your pet cool during the hottest parts of the day.
4) Try a cooling collar.
Heat sensitive breeds will have a hard time staying cool on even short summer walks. An adjustable collar with built-in ice packs can help dogs stay cool, even if they weren’t bred for warm weather.