Summertime is a fun time to spend with our four-legged friends. With a world of outdoor activities to explore, dogs offer great, willing companionship whether camping for the weekend, backpacking through the wilderness, or taking a dip in a lake or stream. Whether out enjoying summer activities or going through your regular routine, your canine friend depends on you to keep them safe over the hot days of summer. Check out these dog safety tips that can help keep your furry friend cool:
Keep a Safe Environment
- Don’t leave your dog in the car. According to Accuweather, even 60 degrees is too hot for a dog in a car. A closed car interior can reach over 100 degrees in the sun.
- Limit outdoor time during the heat of the day.
- Provide shaded areas and even a kiddie pool or sprinkler to cool off.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
- Be sure to always have water close at hand.
- Carry a portable water dish and bottle of water.
- When exercising, give small amounts of water every 15 or 20 minutes.
Protect Their Paws
- Go for a walk early in the day.
- Use booties to protect them from hot asphalt or concrete.
- Make walks shorter to keep your pet from overheating.
Find Innovative Ways to Cool Off
- Add ice cubes to their water dish.
- String a tarp between trees and outbuildings in your yard for shade.
- Buy a cooling gel mat or offer a wet towel to lay on.
- Check out the doggie-approved ice cream widely available at pet stores.
- If you have to go out in the heat, try a doggie cooling vest from your local pet store or an online merchant.
Bonus: Bacon Pupsicle Recipe
1 cup Plain Yogurt
1/3 cup Cinnamon Applesauce
¼ cup Milk
½ cup Crumbled Bacon
3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
Combine ingredients and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze for 2 hours or until frozen solid. Provide it for your pets as a cooling dog safety treat whenever the weather heats up in summer.