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How to keep your pup hydrated and cool in the summer

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Summer is upon us! As much as we welcome the sun and fun, it’s important to canines can easily get overheated, because the only ways they release heat is by panting and through a limited number of sweat glands between their toes. Here are 10 handy tips how you can keep your pup hydrated and cool!

1.Don’t leave your pet in an unattended vehicle 

On a 75-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can climb up to 115 degrees within an hour. Even with the windows down, a dog can easily overheat if left in these conditions.

2.Exercise your dog early in the morning or late in the evening

Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog. If you cannot walk during those times, consider doggie boots. Your pup’s paws can be as sensitive as the soles of your feet. If the asphalt’s too hot for you to walk on, chances are it’s too hot for your pup too.

3.Supply lots of fresh, clean and preferably cool water 

Some dogs get a bit finicky with their water if there’s a scent in the bowl or if it’s been warming up in the sun. Keeping a fresh, clean supply of water in your dog’s dish will ensure that your pup drinks more often and stays hydrated. Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration.

4.Bring fresh water for your dog when you go out 

Always grab a portable bowl and water bottle on your way out the door, so that your pup can drink up even when you’re both on the go. Better yet have your medium to large size dog carry it for you in a backpack or a vest! The water in the bottles will keep the dog cooler and also give the dog a sense of purpose.

5.If it’s > 85 degrees, leave your dog at home 

Going to the beach and sitting out in the sun is something we humans might enjoy, but it can leave pooches severely dehydrated. Even if you feel like the heat is bearable, remember, when dogs are exposed to moderately high temperatures over an extended period of time, their bodies might be unable to cool down.

6.Don’t over-exercise pets 

Dogs don’t always know their own limits. If you can tell your dog is breathing more rapidly or having some trouble chasing after a ball, slow things down and allow him to cool off. Outdoor activities are great but, instead of playing in the blazing afternoon sun, try tossing a ball around as the sun is setting.

7.Find innovative ways to cool your dog

Let your dog stand in a cool pool.Aside from panting, dogs cool down through the sweat glands in their paws. Having them stand in a cool pool of water or giving them a quick foot soak can help lower their body temperature. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat. Never use ice to help your dog cool down, as it may lower their temperature too quickly and constrict blood flow, which will actually inhibit the body from cooling. Don't have air conditioning? No problem! Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on.

8.Provide proper outdoor shelter 

Does your dog like to spend his days in the yard? Whether it’s an awning that he can lie down under or a tree he can rest beneath, make sure your dog has a place to get out of direct sunlight.

9. Let your dog check the weather
 

Dogs don't have the "Weather Channel", so they don't know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot to go on a long walk. Instinctively, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it's safe.

10.Use hot weather as an excuse to swim more often!

The best activity you can do in summertime or hot weather is swimming. Instead of walking the dog, take the dog on a swim!


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