You are always looking for ways to stay cool during summer. From diving into the swimming pool to gulping down iced beverages. But what about your dog? While he may not say it, your pet is probably suffering. Allowing him to get too hot can be dangerous to his health. So, what can you do? Here are ways to cool your dog in a hot summer.
1. Create a Draught
A breeze would be welcome to drive away the heat of summer. Use a fan for this, and place it near your dog. Dogs don’t sweat a lot. Keeping the fan far away from him won’t cause enough evaporation to produce a cooling effect. Let the fan run for the entire time you can feel the heat
2. Place Ice Cubes in His Drinking Water
Just like you feel when you drink iced water in hot weather, putting ice cubes in your dog’s water produces a cooling effect. Your dog will love it for the comfort it brings while also satisfying his thirst.
3. Provide Some Shade
Use any means to create shade to protect your dog from the direct sun. If there’s a tree nearby, the better. Alternatively, you can hang canvas over him to keep away sunshine. Or, you could put up a small tent to shelter him from the scorching sun. If creating a shade proves difficult, you can keep him indoors instead.
4. A Shallow Pool
If possible, make a shallow pool for your dog to dip its paws. It will help keep him cool off. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy; just a temporary way to lower the temperature of your dog’s feet. However, take precaution by checking to ensure your pet’s body temperature doesn’t end up dropping too much. It can be dangerous.
5. Wet His Blanket
If the heat is too much, you can wet his sleeping blanket and have him lie on it during the day when it’s hot. Or you can use your old towel by dipping it in water to make it damp and covering him with it. You could even put the dampened towel in the freezer for a few minutes to help make it cooler.
6. Keep Him Hydrated
Another way to help cool off your dog is to keep him hydrated. To make the water cooler and more effective at keeping the summer’s heat down, keep the water in the refrigerator before giving it to him. It will help lower its temperature so that it becomes useful to cool off your pooch.
7. Giving Frozen Treats
Frozen treats will help reduce your dog’s temperature. You can buy them or, if possible, adopt a DIY to make them. They will help cool your dog while at the same time provide them with something to eat.
With these tips, your pooch will better tolerate the heat of summer. While carrying out these ways of cooling your dog, ensure you have a thermometer with you. There are times you will need to take the dog’s temperature. Doing so would help ensure the temperature doesn’t get too high or too low as to be dangerous.