7 tips to help keep your dog cool in the summer

Summer is here, and that means it’s time for sun, playing in the pool and spending your days outside. But if you’re planning on bringing your dog along or have a dog who spends most of its days outside, you should keep these tips in mind. Here are some tips from the pets section of Web MD to help you care for your fur babies this summer.

Bailey was not left alone in this car. This photo was taken before he got out of the car to get a treat at a pet store. He agrees, pups shouldn’t be left in cars!

1. Never leave a dog in your car. It doesn’t matter how long you’ll be away, it doesn’t take long for the temperature in the car to reach deadly levels. In fact, this study showed that the inside of a car on a 95-degree (Fahrenheit) day can climb to an average of 116 degrees F after just an hour. So either leave your dog at home or go places you can bring them inside (like these stores).

2. Keep your home cool. If you’re leaving your dog at home, make sure there is some way your dog can stay cool throughout the day. Either leave on the AC or a fan or have some kind of cooling mat available. You wouldn’t want to sit at home all day in a hot house, and neither do your pets.

3. Be mindful of the weather when your exercising. When the humidity is high, it may be harder for your dog to cool themselves. Try to limit walks to the cooler parts of the day like the early morning and early evening.

4. Check the pavement. If you touch the pavement and it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Either walk on the grass or get booties for their paws.

Dakota is keeping cool indoors.

5. Make sure there’s plenty of shade and water. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, make sure they’re getting water often and they have a shady spot to hang out. It may also help to have a small kiddie pool or sprinkler for a chance to cool off. Also, consider making them a cool treat, like an ice pop or freeze one of their favorite toys.

6. Get them groomed. Check with your vet or groomer first, but consider getting some of the extra fur clipped.

7. Check for signs of overheating. Your dog can’t tell you when they’re not feeling well, but according to Web MD, these signs can:

  • Heavy panting
  • Heavy drooling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or red gums and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Agitation

If your pet shows any of these signs, get them to your vet’s office.