10 Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool

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With our first official heatwave of the summer underway, all of us are doing what we can to stay cool, whether that be going to the beach, the pool, or just hanging out inside relaxing in the air conditioning. But what about our furry four-legged pals?  How do we keep them cool?  It’s important that we take the necessary precautions to keep our pets safe in the heat. Here is a list of ways to keep your dog cool and hydrated during the dog days of summer.

1. Keep them hydrated. Fill up bowls frequently with fresh water and throw in a few ice cubes to keep it extra refreshing.

2. Let your dog stand in a cool pool. Purchase a cheap, plastic, kiddy pool so your dog can splash around.  Dog’s sweat glands are in their paws, so standing in cool water can help lower their body temperature.

3. Provide proper outdoor shelter. If your pet spends time outside, make sure they have plenty of shade.

4. Keep your pup properly groomed. Whether your dog has short or long hair, frequent brushing removes “dead” fur keeping their coats healthy and comfortable.

5. Protect their paws.  Stick to walking on grassy areas and avoid hot surfaces like asphalt, sand, and concrete. Dog’s paws are just as sensitive as the soles of our feet.

6. Switch walking times to early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun begins to go down.

7. Create a “cold zone” by positioning a damp towel on a tile or concrete floor in front of a fan or air conditioner so your pup has a place to lay and cool off.

8. DO NOT, under any circumstances leave your pooch in an unattended vehicle!  Even with the windows down, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can easily climb to 102 degrees in minutes.

9. Make some pupsicles! Fill an ice cube tray with peanut butter (without xylitol, which is toxic for pets), water and half a mashed banana.  Freeze them overnight so your pooch can enjoy a frosty treat the next day.

10. Leave your pet at home. As much as your pet may love riding around in the car and spending time with you if it’s hot, the best thing to do is leave them at home.

Be on the look for the signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Excessive Panting
  • Pacing or Sluggish
  • Bright Red or Dark Purple Tongue

If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs move her to a cool place, try to lower her body temperature with wet towels, and get to the vet immediately.

Source: Human Society