Beat the Heat:

 Keeping Your Pup Cool This Summer

Jack Daniels Alls Borges enjoying the summer weather in the Park.


As the summer sun gets stronger, it's important to remember our furry friends can't cool down as easily as we can. To help them stay happy and healthy during the hot months, here are some tips to keep your pup's tail wagging:

Hydration is Key:

  • Provide fresh, cool water throughout the day. Multiple bowls around the house and yard ensure easy access.

  • Ice cubes in their water bowl can help keep it cool longer.

Walks and Exercise:

  • Avoid midday heat. Early mornings or evenings are cooler and safer for walks.

  • Opt for shady areas like woods or trails instead of open parks.

  • Swimming spots like streams are great for letting your dog cool off during a walk.

  • Be mindful of paw pad burn on hot pavement. If the ground is too hot for you to touch, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

  • Limit exercise in hot weather, especially for overweight or short-nosed breeds.

Rest and Relaxation:

  • Provide plenty of cool, shaded areas for your dog to relax in.

  • Brain games and treat puzzles can keep them mentally stimulated without overheating.

Cooling Down Strategies:

  • A paddling pool in the shade is a refreshing escape. Fill it with cool, not freezing, water and add some toys.

  • Cooling mats can provide relief, especially if your home lacks cool floors.

  • Wet towels are a simple way to lower your dog's body temperature. Dampen a towel and drape it over them, but remove it once dry to avoid making them warmer.

  • Cooling vests, harnesses, and collars can be a good option for dogs who still need exercise in warm weather.

Frozen Treats and Fun:

  • Homemade ice licks, frozen Kong treats, or even frozen fruits and vegetables can be a tasty way to cool your dog down.

  • Freeze your dog's favorite toy for a quick and refreshing plaything.

  • If your dog enjoys water, mist them with a spray bottle (avoiding the face) or let them play in a sprinkler.

Important Reminders:

  • Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a short time. Cars heat up quickly and can be deadly.

  • When traveling with your dog by car, bring water and a bowl, ensure proper air circulation, and schedule breaks for them to cool down and drink.

Heatstroke Warning Signs:

  • Look out for signs of heatstroke, which requires immediate veterinary attention:

    • Collapse

    • Lethargy

    • Excessive panting

    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    • Purple gums or redness of the skin


By following these tips, you can help your dog stay cool and comfortable all summer long!