Summer is here! Arizona summers are not exactly mild. Those scorching temperatures can spell serious trouble for dogs. Fido can overheat very quickly when it’s hot out. Read on as a Lonoke County, AR vet lists some adorable ways to help your furry buddy beat the heat.
Cooling vests may look a bit clumsy, but they can be very effective. There are different types. Some you just soak with water, while others you would keep in the freezer. Just be sure to get the right size.
Another option is to just soak a bandana with water and hang it around Fido’s neck. This may be something you’d want to do before going on a long walk. (Speaking of walks, use booties or paw balm wax to protect Fido’s feet from hot ground when you walk him. Also, try to stick to soft ground.)
Not all of our canine pals are good swimmers. However, even dogs that can’t swim well may enjoy splashing around or lounging about in a kiddie pool.
Many dogs prefer drinking running water, so it’s no surprise that they enjoy fountains. There are different types you can try. Some will even spray water when Fido steps on a pad. (This is, of course, absolutely adorable to watch.)
Ice cream is one of our favorite summer treats. Pick up some doggy ice cream for Fido. Or, freeze sodium-free broth in an ice cube tray. Add bits of kibble, bacon bits, shredded meat, chew sticks, or dog treats to make these ‘pupsicles’ extra fun.
Some dogs are just more comfortable getting a short cut for summer. This isn’t going to be the right option for every pup, however. If your four-legged friend has a double coat, then you should never clip him: this can actually damage his fur. However, poodles, Pomeranians, and many other dogs can sport a cool summer haircut.
Did you know that hammock beds stay cooler than regular beds? This is because air can pass beneath them. Buy your canine companion a cot-type doggy bed. You can also point a fan at or above your pup’s bed, or add a cooling pad under a thin mattress.
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