6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool

As the Florida sun begins to shine brighter, your dog deserves the best protection from the hot and humid weather. We know how wonderful it is to spend a warm summer day out with your pooch, so here are some great ways to keep your dog cool, happy & healthy all summer long.

1: Adjust your dog’s exercise routine.

Although it is important to continue your dog’s exercise routine in the summer months, you should change your dog’s walking time to early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature is lower. Also, if your dog gets overheated easily while walking, try taking your dog for a swim instead, as this is one of the best workouts for canines.

2: Try a pair of doggie boots.

If you don’t have the opportunity to walk your dog early or late in the day, doggie boots will protect your pet’s paws from getting burned from the scorching concrete. Also, as heat rises from the ground, dogs take in this heat through the surface of their paws. Using doggie boots are a great way to protect your pet’s paws. Touch the ground with your hand. If it’s too hot to the touch then it’s too hot for Fido!

3: Keep your dog hydrated.

Making sure your dog has plenty of water is vital! Different dogs have specific hydration needs when the temperature rises, and learning about your breed’s necessities is a must. Dogs with heavy or darker coats absorb heat faster, so these dogs will need to be near water sources more frequently than other breeds. If your dog is overweight, you should keep a bottle of water with you during walks, as your dog will need to hydrate more often.

4: Use a variety of ways to cool your dog.

If you are spending your day at an outdoor location, such as a dog park or at the beach, you can still use innovative techniques to keep your dog cool. Find a shaded area, place a kiddie pool there, fill it with water, and add some ice cubes to cool the water in which your pooch can relax. Laying down a cold, wet towel for your dog will also provide a chilled place to rest. If you are planning to take your dog outside for several hours at a time, you may want to set up a fan in front of a bucket of ice, so your best friend will have a constant source of cool breezes.

5: Listen to your instincts.

No matter how many precautions you take to protect your dog from the Florida heat, sometimes it’s just best to keep your dog out of the sun. If it’s too hot, you may want to bring your dog quickly back inside, so keep your walks short, give your dog time to do the ‘necessary’ stuff and play inside. Mentally challenging games are very effective for those hot, sunny days for your ‘best friend’ to relieve tension and boredom.

6: Never, ever leave your pets in a car.

Not even for a minute! The temperature in the car rises faster than you think and dogs can’t cool down as humans can. One reason for this is your dog wears his fur coat all year round. And while dogs do have sweat glands on their feet, they do not have them on the rest of their body. They rely on panting, a method of breathing out excess heat, to cool down their bodies. This method is not as effective as sweating as we humans do.

The major cause of heatstroke in dogs is leaving a dog in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked on a 70° F to 80° F day, while it may feel comfortable outside, the inside of your car can heat up to over 100° F in minutes!

So if you’re going to take Fido for a ride make sure that air condition is running on high!!