It’s hot out there and if you’re feeling it, chances are your dog is too. When temperatures begin to climb the effect can be quite different between animals and humans. Sometimes it’s hard to know if what you’re doing is enough (or too much) to keep your best friend happy and healthy no matter what the temperature outside.
Things can be downright sweltering here in Texas during the summer months. Temperatures can rise fast and stay high all day without any kind of break. Dogs that indoors probably enjoy stretching out in front of a fan (while the air conditioning is on) or relaxing in the shade or even having fun in the water.
Those are kind of the go-to ideas for keeping your best fur-friend cool. We went to some experts to get tips on some others.
Helping Fido Chill Out
1. Freeze containers of water. Then when you put them outside, they’ll stay cold for longer so that your dog can have a long, cool drink. Keep water bowls in the shade.
2. Offer a wading pool. An inexpensive kiddie pool works great. Fill with water for a place your dog can splash and play, or just flop down and cool off. Put a couple of floating toys in the pool for fun.
Before filling the pool, check the temperature of the water coming out of the hose – sometimes the water can be hot if the hose has been sitting outside in the sun.
Or, give them an upgrade!
3. Put on the sprinkler. Many dogs love to snap and play with the water coming out of the sprinkler. It’s a fun way for them to get some exercise while the water helps to keep them cool.
4. Offer ice cubes. Pop-out a few ice cubes for something cool for your dog to lick and play with. This isn’t a substitute for a drink, though, so make sure that a bowl of fresh, cool water is always available too.
For even more fun, you can add some ice into the kiddie pool!
5. Cooling dog mat. Some companies create these mats which can be frozen or have water added to give your dog somewhere to just relax that’s cool to the touch.
6. Put on a cold bandana or t-shirt. Bandanas, dog t-shirts, human t-shirts, dog t-shirts with humans on them, human t-shirts with dogs on them, you can mix it up! Soak them in cold water to get them cold and put them your pets or even you! Double Bonus! When your garment loses its cold feeling, just re-soak. Okay, please take our hint here and don’t dress yourself and your dog in the same t-shirts, unless of course, your dog thinks it’s cool, then that’s okay.
7. Cooling dog collars. Much more techi than the bandana or t-shirt idea and of course much more expensive. These icollars are a bit like the ibracelets you may have seen on ads where a person gets cooled down on their wrist by this electronic (and not very pretty) piece of jewelry that’s neither a watch or a bracelet really. I kind of looks like somone bent your garage door opener around your wrist. But everyone in the ads looks very cool. Let’s rephrase that. They look chill. Nope, that didn’t work either. Back to the icollars. They are more convenient than soaking a regular shirt or bandana because they stay cold for hours.
It’s important to your pet’s health to know how to keep them cool as a cucumber while these temperatures. A scarier issue to watch for is heatstroke.
TheUncommonDog.com made an adorable infographic to explain this serious topic and it shows what to look for and what to do if you suspect your little friend is falling victim to it. The idea is to act and act quickly!
Cars + Dog + Heat = Disaster
This chart put together by the great folks over at trupanion.com, highlights how fast and how hot a car actually gets with the window opened. It’s surprising how fast temperatures can climb and a safe car can turn into an unsafe situation for your dog.
Ironically, dogs love cars and go bananas when they hear the word..let’s spell it so they don’t hear it, “R-I-D-E”. Too late our dogs are looking at us! They’re so smart! And that’s why we want to bring them with us! No one can be blamed for wanting their furry best pal as co-pilot, however, when deciding on whether or not your dog should hop along for the ride, take a look at this chart and see just how quickly things can get dangerous there.
Should your next trip require your dog to be any more than a few minutes in the car with you not there and the air conditioning off, it’s probably best to hit the road alone.
It won’t be so bad though. They’re always happy to see us when we come through the door!