It’s officially summer! And although it can mean parties, barbecues, and beach bonfires- it can also mean extreme heat and dangerous conditions for your pet. Whether your pets are staying home or joining you in your summer escapades, it’s important to make sure that they are protected from the harmful effects of the sun. For those who are looking to keep their pets safe and healthy, I decided to put together this handy list of easy tips you can employ to keep your pets cool this season.
Some of these you may already be familiar with, but I scoured high and low to find other crafty ideas that you might not have thought of.
Here are some tips for beating the summer heat!
Give your pet some frozen toys
Frozen treats and goodies in the summer are a classic way to cool down as well. Help your canine chill from the inside out. For puppy popsicles, make ice cubes with tasty treats inside. Or freeze an Orbee toy with yummy, edible liquids (or blueberries).
This is a good idea and I always put it into practice. Any wet or sticky food can be frozen into an Orbee toy. This tough toy is able to be filled with a tasty treat and it’s definitely built to last. I like the steel look to it.
Keep several prepared toys in the door of your freezer, so you always have one ready every time.
If your dog doesn’t have an Orbee toy, then you should apply for your Super Chewer BarkBox. If you don’t know, BarkBox is the most popular dog subscription box. This contains toys, treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size. The most important is that you will receive a free new Super Chewer BarkBox if your dog defeats a toy.
I have a 1-year-old dog who is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. As you can imagine, he is very strong and loves to play. I purchased the Super Chewer BarkBox, and it has done wonders! He destroyed some of his cute furry toys, but with super chewer, he gets a lot of play time with them. Every now and then he is able to break one, but we just take a picture of it and send it to Bark Box, who then sends us a new toy, free of charge. So, for me, this is amazing!
You can have one BarkBox for only $39 (+ free shipping), or if you think your dog can handle more, you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months (for only $29). Also, the most important thing is that every month you will receive different toys and food for your pet. And, each box is customised to the size of your pup.
If you want an Orbee, other toys and high-quality treats for your dog, here you find the Super Chewer BarkBox. I am sure that your dogs will love the surprises it contains.
Keep your dog hydrated
Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration.
Carry a bottle of water when going for a walk with your dog. Better yet have your dog carry it for you in a backpack or a vest! The water in the bottles will keep the dog cooler and also give the dog a sense of purpose.
Never leave your dog in the car
No, not even if you think you’ll only be a few minutes. Even when it isn’t that hot outside, the temp can soar inside a closed car. On an 85-degree day, it can reach 102 F within 10 minutes. And that’s with a window cracked. After 30 minutes, it could be up to 120. Leave your dog at home, or go places where he can come with you.
Get your dog in the water
Find a water feature/fountain for your dog to play in, or take your dog swimming in a clean ocean, river, stream, etc.
If there are no water features in your area, invest in a backyard kiddie pool. They’re cheap but provide immediate relief from the heat.
Give your pet a haircut
Many animals can benefit from a haircut in the summer, but you should consider each animal’s breed origins before getting the clippers out.
Some pets have adapted and evolved to effectively manage the sun’s rays despite having a long coat (for example, herding dog breeds). Their fur provides some UV protection from the sun, and if you shave too much of it off, your dog will have a higher risk of sunburn.
But if your pet is very far removed from the climate and geographical location of his/her breed development, then a shorter haircut or a shave may be exactly what he needs.
Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night
Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog. I’m a believer in vigorous exercise for healthy dogs, but this is the time of year to back off on exercise intensity. I recommend you to give your dog some toys. And, in this case, toys from Super Chewer BarkBox are the best option, because are durable and you can fill them with treats and peanut butter. If you’re looking for something to get your dogs as a present, I would give them a Barkbox.
With record temperatures around the country, it is essential to take care of your dog. Whether you take him for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be hard on him.
I hope all these tips on how to keep dogs cool in summer are useful for you and let me know which ones you found to be most helpful.
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