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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 - Animals & pets


Dear Readers,

My name is Apollo, but friends call me Polly. I'm an adventurous three-year-old Flat-Coated Retriever who loves swimming, running, and playing tug-of-war. (Mom says I'm "mischievous," but I think she's just irked that I dug a hole in the backyard last week.) Summer is one of my favorite times to romp around outside, but it can also get really hot! So, for all you dog moms and dads out there, I have a few tips on how to keep your pups cool and healthy this summer—check 'em out! -Polly

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

You aren't the only one who needs a cool drink in the summer! Keeping us pups hydrated is the best way to keep us happy and healthy in the heat. Make sure the water bowl in your home is always filled with cool, clean water, and if your doggy loves walks (like me), always carry a water bottle or flexible bowl with you so you and your pup can both take lots of drink breaks.

2. Get Wet!

Is your dog a fan of water? While not all pups are, if yours is (like I am), letting her swim, splash, and jump around in the hose or a baby pool is the perfect way to keep her cool—and entertained. As an added bonus, soaking a light doggy shirt or bandana in cold water and letting your pup wear it will not only make a bold fashion statement, but will keep her cooler for longer. Make sure your dog is always supervised while swimming. 

3. Bring on the SPF

Did you know that dogs can get sunburn too? It's true! Dogs with light fur are actually prone to sunburn. What a drag. To avoid this, make sure that your dog doesn't spend prolonged time in the sun. If your dog will be spending a large amount of time outside, covering him with a light t-shirt may do the trick, and most pet stores now even sell dog-specific sunscreen! They think of everything these days, don't they?

4. Time for a Shave?

There are differing ideas out there about whether you should shave your dog in the hot summer months, but according to the ASPCA, it's best not to shave your dog. The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn! If you dog has a thick coat but seems hot, make sure they get plenty of breaks with water and air conditioning to keep them healthy and happy.

5. Quality Time—Indoors

While most dogs love spending time playing outdoors, prolonged time in the sun and heat can be dangerous for your pup. Limit our exposure by bringing us in for regular water and air-conditioning breaks so we have time to cool down and relax before heading outside to romp some more. There's nothing better than taking a cool nap next to Mom, after all.

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