Sometimes it’s hard to tell when it’s too hot for your dog to go outside. Dogs cool themselves off by panting, but it’s difficult to tell when they are OK and when they are overheating. Unfortunately, dogs can’t communicate when they’re overheating, and they may not know, so it’s important to know what to look for and how to keep them safe during the hot summer months.
Be sure to keep water with you at all times
It’s important to keep your dog and yourself hydrated during the summer. However refreshing ice water is for us, it’s really hard on a dog’s stomach so it’s best to give them room temperature water.
Access to shade
Even it’s still outside, shaded areas can be up to 10 degrees cooler than sunny areas during summer. If you begin to notice your dog panting excessively it’s a good idea to take a break in the shade until they cool themselves off.
Never leave your dog unattended in the car
One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is leaving their pups in the car, even with a window cracked. Even on a day when the outside temperature is 70 degrees, inside the car it might be around 100 degrees! As fun as it is to take your dog with you everywhere, it’s probably best to leave them at home if they aren’t allowed inside.
A great way to cool your dog off in the summer is to fill up a kiddie pool and watch them have a blast! You can buy them pretty cheap and your dog will love you for it.
During the summer, it’s best to only exercise your dog in the early morning or evening when temperatures are lower. Even then, be very mindful of hot pavement because it can burn their paw pads quickly.
If you have to leave your dog outside in the summer, be sure to do these things:
- Have access to water. Bowls that can easily be knocked over and spilled are not a good idea. Try digging a hole in the ground and placing a water bucket inside it—the ground will keep the water cool and it should last all day.
- Shade! As mentioned before, shade is crucial to your dog’s safety in the summer. Have your dog stay in a shaded outside if possible.
Some dog breeds are better suited for the heat than others. Although it’s always a good idea to keep your dog away from temperatures above 95 degrees, here are a few dogs that can handle it:
Beagle, terriers, Doberman, Chihuahuas, golden retriever, Labrador, Australian Cattle Dog, Collie and Greyhounds
As far as taking care of dogs in the summer goes, the most important things to keep in mind are water, shade and giving them the attention needed to make sure they aren’t overheating.
Now that you know how to keep your dog cool this summer, check out more Neighborly blogs for great tips and tricks around the home.