Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to dehydration and heat-related illnesses.
Here are some tips to ensure your furry friend stays hydrated and healthy:
Provide access to fresh water: Keep multiple water bowls filled with clean, fresh water throughout your home and yard. Check them frequently to ensure your dog always has access to hydration.
(Pro Tip! If your dog isn’t drinking, add a small splash of milk into your dog's water bowl, it really tempts them to get drinking!)
- Create shady spots:Set up shaded areas in your yard using canopies or strategically placed umbrellas. This will allow your dog to rest comfortably away from direct sunlight.
- Provide a Kiddie Pool or Sprinkler: If your dog enjoys water, set up a shallow kiddie pool or sprinkler in a shaded area. This will give them the opportunity to cool off and have some fun at the same time, and you can always dip your feet in too!
- Use cooling products: Invest in cooling mats, bandanas, or vests designed specifically for dogs. These products can help regulate their body temperature and provide relief from the heat (just be mindful of these if your dog is a chewer)! An alternative would be to dampen a towel with cold water and lay it out for your dog to lie on.
- Avoid hot pavement: Hot pavement can burn your dog's paws and increase body temperature. Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening when the ground is cooler, or you can get little booties to help protect their paws, although they will not thank you for it to begin with.
- Limit Exercise During Hot Times: Avoid intense exercise or walks during the hottest parts of the day. Schedule activities in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Hot pavement can burn your dog's paws, so stick to grassy or shaded areas.
- Frozen Treats: Create frozen treats for your dog by freezing low-sodium chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays. These tasty and hydrating treats can help keep them cool and refreshed on hot summer days. Lick mats are a great option too, you can freeze natural yogurt or xylitol-free peanut butter on them.
Avoid Hot Cars: Never leave your dog alone in a parked car, even for a few minutes. Cars can quickly become dangerously hot, leading to heatstroke and even death. If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home in a cool, comfortable environment.
Watch for Signs of Overheating: Familiarize yourself with the signs of overheating in dogs, which may include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, rapid pulse, or vomiting. If you suspect your dog is overheating, move them to a cooler area, offer water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.