Enjoying the outdoors with your dog is one of the best summer activities. But as record-breaking temperatures are on the rise, it is extremely important to make sure your furry friends are staying cool and healthy. Here are 5 tips to help your dogs beat the heat.
- Never leave them in a parked car
Even with the windows down and in the shade, parked cars will retain heat. Within minutes, animals can die from heatstroke due to their inability to sweat.
- Protect their paws
Since we wear shoes, we do not always realize how hot the pavement can get. Dog booties can be found at any pet store and can provide great protection.
- Keep them hydrated
Since dogs only sweat through their tongues, make sure you are aware of the signs of dehydration (loud panting, excessive drooling, and lethargic behavior).
- Find alternative methods
If you don’t have air conditioning or you aren’t close to a lake or river, kiddie pools are a cheap alternative to let your dog cool off. Putting a towel on the bottom can help for balance, and make sure you let the hot water out of the hose before filling it up.
- Allow them to check the weather
Dogs aren’t able to check their weather app like we can, so let them go outside to feel for themselves that it is too hot – they are smart enough to shorten their walk or avoid a walk all together.