Tips For Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

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Stay Hydrated

Keeping dogs cool in summer requires keeping plenty of water on hand. One of the easiest ways to keep your dog cool and hydrated is to carry a portable, collapsible water bowl and bottles of cold water. If your pup starts panting excessively, get him/her into the shade and offer more water right away.

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Kiddie Pool

Water can be a life saver for large breed dog’s such as a German Shepherd or Malamutes and they are a great source of amusement for you and your pup. If you ever decide to let your pup in a larger pool please do not leave your pup unattended. They can easily drown if they can’t find the way out.

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Frozen Treats!

Many dogs love chewing on ice cubes, freezing your dogs favorite snack in chicken broth can be a fun snack and a good way to cool off! Here is a link to the Treats shown: https://bakingmischief.com/2017/07/11/frozen-dog-treats/

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Grooming

Many dogs have their coats regularly clipped and it makes a huge difference to their core body temperature. You can also brush your pup. Brushing your pup can often remove much of the old coat that traps the heat close to their body. Some dogs will even shed a winter coat which needs to be removed. Chat to a groomer about whether your dog could benefit from a clip.



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Signs of a Heat Stroke

Heatstroke is a serious hazard for dogs on hot days, especially those who are very young or old, or not in good health. Watch for the following signs of heatstroke in your dog:

-Excessive panting and salivating

-Obvious discomfort

-Vomiting and diarrhea

-Disorientation

-Seizures

If you see any of these signs in your dog, move him or her into a cooler environment right away and call your veterinarian. You can use ice packs and give your pet some cool water to alleviate the condition until you get to the veterinarian’s office.

Many of the complications from heatstroke do not begin to appear until several days after the incident — but prompt veterinary care can potentially prevent or treat some of these complications.

So, when you and your four-legged best friend head out this summer, remember these important tips for keeping dogs cool outside. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for yourself!



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