Keep your canine cool with these tips
By Catalina Barrios
What is your favorite season? I love fall. If you ask my son he will say, summer and if my dog could talk she would agree with my son.
During the summer I am always busy and there are days I wished they had more hours to spend enjoying the outside with both my son and our dog. We love going for walks, going to the park, and running around my parents’ big yard.
During periods of extreme hot temperatures, we see advisories from public health to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat stroke. As people can get sick from the heat, heat can be hard on dogs too.
It is our job to ensure our furry friends stay cool especially since they can’t tell us when they feel overheated.
Check out these 10 ways to help our dogs beat the summer heat:
1. Keep your dog hydrated
This may be obvious but it is very important to keep your dog hydrated all year round but especially during the summer. Every time I go out with my dog for a walk I always bring extra water to ensure she stays hydrated. I will suggest putting ice cubes in their water bowl and refill as necessary if you are spending a long time outside. Dogs sometimes don’t know when to stop playing and having fun, so make sure you are monitoring them and how much they are drinking.
2. Splash Pool
There’s nothing like watching the joy of playing in a kiddie pool that your dog and kids experience. It’s the best feeling ever. Dogs love splashing all over and kids love bonding with their dog. You can purchase a kiddie pool or you can purchase a foldable dog pool for around $70 USD which can also help your dog to cool down in the summer heat. You can easily transport this pool with your dog everywhere you go, from a friend’s backyard to the dog park.
3. Keep Your House Cool
If your dog will be home alone, make sure they can feel cool. Leave the air conditioner on and close the drapes. If you don’t have an air conditioner, make sure to open the windows and turn on a fan. Consider placing a fan where it will blow on your dog. A home monitoring system where you can check the room temperature from your phone is ideal for a pet owner.