As summer approaches and the temperature starts to rise, it’s important that we take extra care of our furry friends. While we humans have plenty of ways to cool off, our dogs often depend on us to help them beat the heat. So, let’s dive right into the ways we can keep our canine companions comfortable, safe, and happy during a heat wave.
Keep Hydration High on the Priority List
First things first: water is a must-have for your dog, especially in hot weather. Always make sure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh and clean water. Consider investing in a dog water fountain, like the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, which constantly filters and circulates the water to keep it cooler and more appealing for your pup.
Invest in Cooling Products
There’s a whole range of dog-specific cooling products available out there. Cooling mats, like the Arf Pets Pet Dog Self Cooling Mat Pad, can provide a refreshing place for your dog to lie down when it gets too hot. These mats work without electricity or refrigeration, instead using a pressure-activated gel that absorbs your dog’s body heat.
Another great product is a cooling vest, such as the RUFFWEAR – Swamp Cooler Evaporative Dog Cooling Vest. These vests work by reflecting the sun and evaporating the water you add to them, thereby cooling your dog.
While your dog still needs regular exercise during a heat wave, timing is everything. Try to walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are lower. And remember, if the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Consider getting dog booties like the Ruffwear Grip Trex Outdoor Dog Boots to protect their paws from hot pavement.
Make a DIY Doggie Popsicle
Did someone say ice cream? Well, not quite, but close! Making a DIY doggie popsicle can be a fun and refreshing treat for your pup. Blend some dog-friendly fruits (like bananas and blueberries), pour the mixture into a mould, and freeze. You could also use a product like the KONG Classic Dog Toy, fill it with peanut butter or mashed banana, and freeze it for a long-lasting, cooling treat.
Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car
This might seem obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing: never leave your dog in a parked car during a heatwave (or at any time, for that matter). The temperature inside a parked car can rise rapidly to dangerous levels, putting your dog at risk of heatstroke or worse.
Know the Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs
Last, but not least, it’s vital to know the signs of heatstroke in dogs: excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, and fever are some of the symptoms.
Should you notice any of these symptoms, contact a vet without delay.
Heatwaves can be tough on our furry friends, but with some precautionary measures and a little extra care, we can ensure they remain cool and comfortable. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your dog’s health. So, let’s beat the heat together and make this summer a breeze for our pups!