Summertime is fun time for both dogs and humans. But when the temps climb, how can you cool off your hot dogs?
Here’s how some dogs are getting a jump on summer heat and cooling off…
In Rome, dogs eat gelato
Make your own frozen treats for your dogs
32 oz yogurt
2 mashed banana’s
2 T honey optional
1/4 C Peanut Butter
Freeze it in a ice cube tray and serve to your pup on a hot day. Be careful of any allergies your dog might have.
Pool or Beach pawty
a trip to the beach or pool are definitely cool… but make sure there is some shade or bring some shade with you (a canopy or umbrella) if the temperatures get too high
Get out the hose or a kiddie pool for your dog to jump in and refresh themselves
In places like Las Vegas or Arizona, where the temps climb to over 100 degrees, walk your pooches early in the day and after dark
Grass is the word… grass is cooler and better for poochie paws than concrete… let them keep roll
Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink
Get a cool collar like the Too Cool collar
Let your pooch dig him/herself a hole in the ground in the yard to sit in … the earth cools them off… Cici loves her places in the shade
Set a fan on the floor just for Fido
- Heavy panting
- Labored breathing
- Unusual behavior
- Droopy Lips
- Lack of Energy
- Won’t eat or drink
Step 1: To cool down a hot dog know that if your dog has any of the symptoms above, ie, is panting heavily, has a swollen tongue or is lethargic it is probably in distress.
Step 2: Get the dog into the shade as soon as possible to provide immediate relief.
Step 3: Pour cool water onto your dog very slowly, and repeat this every 10 minutes of so until the dog begins to return to normal behavior.
Dogs cool from the bottom up.
Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.
Never leave your dog alone in a parked car.
The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersbys or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.
Step 4: Place the dog in a car that has air conditioning and stay with the dog. If air conditioning is not available fan the dog with a towel or newspaper or feed them ice cubes/chips.
Step 5: If you dog does not respond to these measures in 20 minutes or so, take them to the vet immediately.