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Cooling off in the Dog Days of Summer

golden retriever swimming in pool

Depending on where you and your dog call home, the summer months can get pretty hot! We’ve got some tips for making the dog days of summer a little more bearable for your four-legged friend.

Get a Kiddie Pool

You can get a small wading pool from places like Walmart or Canadian Tire for cheap – as low as $15. Fill it up with cool water from the hose and let your dog enjoy, for drinking and lounging!

Jack Russel Terriers play in kiddie pool

Make Some Frozen Dog Treats! (Pupsicles)

A quick Google search will yield plenty of results for cool treats for your pup. But this three ingredient recipe from Damn Delicious is nice and easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and parsley; set aside.
  2. Divide chicken broth evenly into a silicone ice cube tray, filling the tray halfway full. Place into freezer and freeze until set, about 1 hour.
  3. Spoon peanut butter mixture into the tray, filling the tray full. Place into freezer and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.

Corgi with frozen treats

Go for Early Morning or Late Evening Walks

Avoid exercising your dog during the hottest part of the day. It’s best to get up early in the morning for a walk when it’s cooler, if you’re one of those weird morning people. If not, wait until later in the evening when things start to cool down. The hottest part of the day is generally around 3-4pm.

To Shave or Not to Shave?

It can be tempting to give your dog a haircut to keep them cool in the summer months. If your dog has an undercoat, though, you might be doing more harm than good. As this article explains, shaving your dog’s double coat will make them more susceptible to a sunburn, and less likely to benefit from any cool air. You are better off getting a good quality brush or taking your dog to a groomer to help remove the undercoat while keeping the longer guard hairs. But make sure that your groomer knows that you don’t want them to shave your dog’s coat!

Some More Tips for Beating the Heat

  • Avoid walking on hot pavement. You can try dog booties or Paw Protector to help shield your dog’s sensitive pads from the hot pavement. On an 87-degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees. That’s hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Rapid burns and blistering can occur at 150 degrees.
  • NEVER leave your dog in a vehicle in the heat. This should go without saying, but every year we are reminded that not everyone seems to understand this. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.
  • Make sure your dog has shade and cool water. If your dog is left outside they should have access to plenty of water and shade from the sun.