Keep Your Pup Cool This Summer!by Coach Lilly 1.27.15
Fresh, cool water is a must!
It is essential to keep fresh, cool water available at all times. In hot weather, this is even more critical so dogs do not over-heat. Keep the water dish in a covered location and change the water frequently.
Swimming is fun for dogs!
Swimming is not only good exercise for dogs, it can cool them off quickly. Many pools are built now with a “sun shelf” that consists of a 1 foot deep shelf to relax and stay cool. Our Boston Terriers Sophia and Lilly love the sun shelf. If you don’t have a swimming pool, a plastic kiddie pool could be a great addition to your summer fun. Be sure to supervise your dog at all times in the pool (as you would a child!).
Shade is essential outdoors!
Dogs need a shady spot during the summer. Sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it may also cause sunburn. Dogs can get sunburned too! If your backyard doesn’t provide much shade, consider getting an insulated dog house & put it in a shady area for extra coolness.
DoggieNation’s final thoughts!
Air conditioning and fresh water is the best way to prevent overheating. When in doubt, bring them indoors to cool off! If you notice any over heating or possible heat stroke, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Enjoy the summer safely!