With the days getting longer and the sun getting hotter, you might be concerned that your pooch is getting a little too hot under the collar. Your worries are certainly appropriate – dogs experience heat much more intensely than people.
Why? Two reasons. First, because most dogs have a coat of fur. Imagine walking around in the summer heat while wearing a fur coat! And second, because dogs can’t perspire. This is why dogs pant when temperatures rise – panting pulls air over the tongue and causes the saliva to evaporate, which helps bring down body temperature.
So, if want to help your dog beat the heat, here are four things you can do:
The first and most important thing to do during the summer is make sure your dog has ready access to clean water. Like people, dogs will drink much more water when the weather warms up, so make sure she has a nice, clean bowl of fresh water and refill it several times throughout the day.
Turn Up the AC
Yes, air conditioners are expensive to run in the summer, but if you have a dog that’s overheating, spend a few dollars and help her out. If you don’t have an air conditioner (or if you’re really cheap), grab a fan and point it at her favorite spot to lie down. She will love you forever.
Make a Doggie Ice Cream
Everyone loves ice cream, even dogs. While people ice cream isn’t good for dogs, it’s quick and easy to make a frozen treat your dog will love. Just mix two parts water with one part unsalted beef broth in a Tupperware container, toss it in the freezer, and let it freeze. When’s it’s ready, pop it out and you’ve got doggie ice cream! One quick note – make sure she enjoys her ice cream outside!
Schedule Your Activities Appropriately
If at all possible, avoid taking walks or exercising with your pup during the hottest part of the day (about 1pm – 4pm). Try walking later in the evenings or early in the mornings. If you must walk during the afternoons, check the pavement before you head out. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s going to be too hot for your pup’s paws.