Baby, It’s HOT Outside
5 Ways to Beat the Heat
It’s no secret that we’ve had one steamy summer this year in Minnesota. And, as we reach the mid-point of the season, it doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight. But have no fear – there are still ways you can beat the heat in the weeks to come with your dog.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to help our dogs burn off steam while staying cool as a cucumber.
- GF Pet Elastofit Ice-Vest. These lightweight, anti-microbial vests protect dogs from UV rays while keeping them cool at the same time – no refrigeration required! Simply wet the vest, ring it out, put it on your dog, and you’re set for hours.
- Sprinkle mats. This low to the ground, non-slip sprinkler pool has a thick and durable bottom, making it perfect for pets! And, even dogs who don’t love water can’t resist taking a slurp from the spray coming from the thick, donut-like border.
- PUPsicles. Who doesn’t love a frozen treat? Whether you stuff and freeze a Kong with their kibble or try one of our favorite PAWSitively tasty treat recipes, your dog won’t be able to resist!
- Brain games. It’s no secret that we love brain games – and so do dogs! If it’s too hot outside, make sure your dog gets the exercise they need indoors by trying these fun enrichment activities.
- Grooming. Believe it or not, a healthy coat can help keep your dog cool, no shaving required. Regular brushing – especially with a de-shedding brush – can removes dead hairs and mats, which helps improve air circulation on the outer layer of your dog’s skin.
Most importantly, when you head outdoors, don’t forget that dogs have sensitive paws and are highly vulnerable to heatstroke and dehydration. These problems can escalate quickly and require urgent emergency care, especially in puppies, seniors, and those in poor health. So, remember to protect those paws; hydrate, hydrate, hydrate; provide plenty of shade; and never leave them unattended in a car.
Signs of heatstroke and dehydration include:
- Obvious discomfort
- Excessive panting and/or salivating
- Rapid breathing and heart rate
- Dry mucous membranes
- Bright red tongue and gums
- Vomiting and diarrhea
If you notice any of these signs, stop activity, get to a cool place, and contact your vet immediately.