12 WAYS TO HELP YOUR DOG BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER [INDOORS AND OUTDOORS]
It’s the month of July now of year 2020 folks! Although we are still experiencing the pandemic in all parts of the world, it doesn’t mean we can not enjoy the presence of Summer. But, Summer season is also one of the many concerns of dog owners such as myself. It is burning hot! This season can be challenging for both you and your pooch. Specially during your daily walks. So, how would you help Fido to beat the heat this Summer?
No worries, this article will provide a total of 12 Ways To Help Your Dog Beat The Heat This Summer [Indoors and Outdoors]. And I’ll be explaining those further more in this post. But, just to give a few, on how you can help your dog beat the heat this Summer, one, is to limit your walks or even change the time of your walks, giving your pooch a frozen treat can help too, and also by simply making it sure that your Fido is hydarated. Interested to know more? Just keep on reading.
1. CHANGE THE TIME OF YOUR DAILY WALK SCHEDULE
This might be difficult at first, because we all know that dogs are all about “schedule”. Daily activities is like a clockwork for them. So if they are used to have their walks every 10 am in the morning, and change it to different time, it may be a little strange for them, but your Fido will get used to it in time.
Changing the schedule of your walk means avoiding the time during the peak heat. You can probably take your doggo out around 8 am till 9 am depending on your location. In my case I usually walk my dog around 9 or 10 in the morning and 6 pm in the afternoon. I take him out 2x a day.
2. LIMIT YOUR WALKS
Just to be real here for a moment. Although I love my dog, to walk him is a task for me. He enjoys it but I don’t. Specially during bad weather or hot / cold seasons!
Then, hot season is your excuse to limit your walk. You can either reduce the time of spending outside when it is really hot. Or limit the number of walks you do if humidity is high. We all know that humidity is part of summer season. If we are experiencing difficulty in breathing in humidity, expect that your pup does too! So, if that’s the case, it is also okay if you skip a walk for that day. Rather than putting both your health at risk.
Although mine, would not allow me that. My pooch doesn’t pee or do his business inside. He always tell me that he needs to go out.
3. PROTECT YOUR POOCH’S PAW AGAINST HOT PAVEMENT
Depending on when do you go out, check the pavement that you are walking on. To do that, place your palm and feel the ground if it feels hot then, it would definitely feel hot to your pooch’s paws as well!
We have shoes on our feet so often times we forgot how hot the ground is. Do you know that Asphalt and Cement can soak up heat like a sponge? Imagine what it will do to dog’s paw pads— it will cause serious burns and it can be very painful! The worst case? It may lead to skin cancer!
So, if you are an outdoor person or usually spend sometime outside particulary if more of your walks or playtime on a hard ground, then you may want to invest on some dog summer shoes. Fido might feel a little strange but he’ll get used to it in later on. Besides, he’ll look even cuter, right?
In addition, you can buy soothing cream to apply to your pup’s paws when you get home.
4. PROTECT YOUR FIDO FROM TICKS, FLEAS, AND MOSQUITOS
Summer is the season when ticks, fleas and mosquitos are everywhere. We all know that mosquitos are one of the reasons that causes heartworms on dogs. Ticks and fleas cause danger as well. So make sure that your dog is protected by giving them chewables or topical products
Or make sure that their tick collar is up to date as well. I live in place where greenery is everywhere– imagine the insects every summer! So I personally use Frontline Plus (every month) and Seresto for my dog.
5. PREVENT YOUR DOGS FROM GETTING SUNBURN
Yes, you heard it right. Dogs can get sunburn too! Mostly on the exposed areas such as nose, around the lips, tip of their ears, tummy, groin and parts that has lesser fur.
Summer is accompanied with shedding. And most cases, there are owners who cut off Fidos hair but you have to be careful in doing so. Because their fur also help them to protect their skin from the sun. Dogs that are short haired and also with lighter fur are the ones that are prone to sunburn.
So, if you get your pooch summer shoes, why not get him a suncreen too? If not, you can get summer protective clothing for your doggos.
6. KEEP YOUR DOG HYDRATED
If you are out for a long walk don’t forget to bring along plenty of water for your doggo or if you’re indoors, make sure that your Fido’s water bowl is always filled with cool and fresh water. Ready for him to drink anytime.
To make it even more cooler and refreshing, you may want to add few pieces of ice cubes, just make sure not add way too much making the water freezing cold.
What I do these days, is I have a separate bottle that I put in the fridge. I let it cool down for a bit before giving it to my dog.
7. PROVIDE A SHADE
If you’re outdoors, make sure that there plenty of shades to walk on to keep your dogs out of the sun. If you’re in an open area such as beach, then a beach umbrella will be a great help.
8. COOL YOUR POOCH DOWN WITH COOLING VEST OR COOLING COLLAR
During extremely hot days, trying a cooling vest or a cooling collar will help your dog cool down. Remeber that, dogs unlike humans, they don’t perspire. They cool off themselves by panting. So, investing on a cooling collar or vest would be helpful for your Fido.
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9. SHARE THE COOL BREEZE OF YOUR AIRCONDITIONING UNIT
The headline is kinda long. Anyway, if you are spending your days at home, let your dog stay inside and let him feel the cool breeze of your airconditioning unit. If you don’t have an AC, your pooch would be fine with the breeze from a regular fan as well.
10. WATER SPLASH
If you can’t be outside but you have a backyard with a pool, let your pooch cool down by allowing them to swim with you and have fun. Even if you don’t have a pool, you can do this by using a kiddie pool. Just make sure that you do it under a shade.
Another option if a kiddie pool is not available is sprinkler or hose! If your dogs love water, it will be fun for them but unfortunately for me, my dog’s scared of water! specially water hose!
11. GIVE YOUR DOG ICY TREATS
We love icy drinks when it is really hot. Making icy treat would definitely help your dog to beat the summer heat. Or you don’t have to make it, you can just offer your Fido few ice cubes that he can play around.
And you know what? The other that you can do is to freeze chicken broth and put it later on your pooch’s plain water. The scent and the taste of the broth will make the water even tastier. Therefore your pooch would love lapping it.
12. BE CAREFUL OF HEATSTROKES ON DOG
It’s Summer, tempratures are high and it is crazy hot! In this wheather, Heat Strokes on dogs are pretty common. So, as a dog owner, it is crucial to know the signs of heatstrokes to determine if your dog is having it.
It is important to be familar with the signs since, dog can’t talk. Dog owners need to be more observant.
And the symptoms are the following according to AKC Canine Health Foundation
- Hypersalivation (drooling)
- Warm to touch
- Red mucous membranes of mouth
- Rapid heart rate
- Dry nose
- Quiet or poorly responsive, may lay down and refuse or be unable to rise
- Blood from mouth or in stool
- Muscle tremors
- Ataxia (staggering)
So, if you notice these signs to your dog, the American Kennel Club suggests you do these :
Heatstroke therapy involves lowering the dog’s body temperature. Cooling methods include getting him into the shade, spraying him with cool or tepid water, and fanning him. Severely affected dogs require fluids, medication, support, and oxygen. But the best treatment for heatstroke is preventionAmerican Kennel Club
There are many ways on How You Can Help Your Dog Beat The Heat This Summer Indoors and Outdoors, I cited just a few. Overall, the message of this post is to take care of your pooch during hot season. It’s one of the responsibilities of a dog owner.
I know that in some situations, the list that I provided here is not doable for the others. Not everybody has the luxury or money to buy their dogs shoes or cooling vest / collar. But the least that you can do is not to neglect them this Summer and try to provide ar least a nice shade, let them in your home and share the fan with them and give them water to drink.
This is one of the reasons why I created the post “5 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog”, is because to prepare anyone who’s planning to have a dog. In the article I stated that one should at least to have an “extra budget” for this kind of season. It is quite expensive to have Fido at home.
Like in my any other post, I can’t just leave without asking you guys about your experience during summer? What do you do to beat the summer heat with your dog? Specially these days, where can’t go anywhere?
I would love to hear all of it. Please do share it in the comments below.
Thanks and see you in my next post!