Let me start with a giant reminder...DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A PARKED CAR FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME DURING WARM MONTHS OF THE YEAR!!! Please look online at the multitude of information to teach yourself about just how fast your car heats up (even with windows cracked) and how quickly this can kill a dog. Also, PLEASE TEST GROUND SURFACE TEMPERATURE WITH YOUR OWN FEET BEFORE WALKING YOUR DOG ON IT. IT CAN AND DOES BURN THEIR PAW PADS! Sorry for the caps, but as a dog lover, these two issues are especially concerning to me. That all being said, let me move on. The "cool" people over at The Uncommon Dog designed an awesome infographic to give you quick, helpful tips and information with just a simple glance.
Kiddie pools are becoming ever more popular to dog owners. Maybe soon someone will actually market "doggie pools"! Until then, kid pools do the job. Whether you have a "soaker" like my Piper or a "splasher" like Murray, kiddie pools do the trick for a quickie cool down. Piper plops himself right in and stays a while. You can almost hear the "ahhh" this week when he plunks himself down sending much of the pool water cascading out and down my yard. Murray is not a soaker. He likes to play in the pool. Dunking his head for a ball, kicking his paws, and running and jumping in are his pool time preferneces. Either way, the result is the same...one cool dog!
Does your pup have a favorite spot to lay in your yard? Piper likes our patio. Murray likes to be under our pool deck. Sometimes all I do is wet them and our patio/ground down for a refreshing spot to nap in the shade. Wetting down your dog and a shady spot in your yard can do just the trick!
Make sure plenty of fresh, cool water is readily available at all times in the heat. One fill of a big bowl a day is not sufficient. Would YOU want to drink water that has been sitting out in the heat all day? No! Neither does your dog. Refresh it with a refill a few times a day. I even add ice!
Don't be an AC hog. If you have air conditioning in only one room of your house, make sure your dog gets to spend some time in their with you! We're all in need of need a cool break, even your dog.
A couple other items that I have found to prolong their cooling off period are "cool collars" and "cool beds". There are several styles and brand of each of these on the market, so research one that fits you specifically. Both the collars and the beds are designed to remain cool for a length of time to help keep your dog at a more comfortable temperature. I have found mine both work very well, and I would recommend looking into both of these.
So, please make sure you are keeping a close eye on your furry friends. They depend completely on you to keep them safe. Please don't let them down.