Summer can be a challenging time for our furry friends, especially when it comes to staying cool. To ensure your dog’s comfort and safety during the hot months, it’s essential to plan ahead and take proactive measures. Here are some tips and ideas to help you keep your dog cool and happy throughout the summer.
1. Create a Refreshing Outdoor Oasis
Set Up a Wading Pool: Place a wading pool in your backyard and fill it with cool water. Be sure to check the water daily to prevent mosquito infestations.
2. Delicious Cooling Treats
Make Pupsicles: Treat your dog to homemade pupsicles by freezing a mix of fruits and veggies like carrots, broccoli, green beans, and blueberries with low-sodium chicken or beef broth. Use fun molds or a simple ice cube tray for variety.
3. Frozen Toy Towers for Entertainment
Create Frozen Dog Toy Towers: Use a large plastic container, fill it with fresh water, and add your dog’s rubber toys. Freeze the container, then release the ice tower into your yard. As it melts, different toys will become available, providing entertainment for your dog.
4. Keep Cool on Walks
Use Wet Bandanas or Cooling Vests: For longer walks, keep your dog comfortable with a wet bandana or cooling vest. You can also spray your dog with a hose before setting off on your walk to keep them cool and refreshed. Don’t forget to bring water for your dog to stay hydrated.
5. Provide Shelter Indoors
Ensure Indoor Comfort: Keep your dog indoors with air conditioning between 10 am and 6 pm when temperatures peak. Provide cool spots to rest, such as tile, concrete, or wood flooring, which naturally stay cooler.
6. Innovative Cooling Solutions
Try Pressure-Activated Cooling Gel Mats: These mats offer a cooling effect without the need for freezing or chilling. They are versatile and can be used in the car, RV, crate, or during outdoor adventures. Consider having two for longer trips, as their cooling capabilities last approximately 2 to 4 hours.
7. Doggie Day Camp Option
Consider Doggie Day Camp: If you’re unable to leave your dog at home, consider enrolling them in a doggie day camp, like PawHootz Pet Resort. They’ll be entertained and kept cool and safe all day long.
By following these tips and being proactive in cooling down your dog during the summer, you’ll ensure your furry friend stays comfortable, safe, and happy during the hot months.
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