4 Ways to Ensure You Have a Cool Pet This Summer
Summertime is full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, although high temperatures and humidity can make it uncomfortable for your pet. Help your furry pal beat the heat with the following tips.
#1: Fill up a wading pool for your pet
If you have a swimming pool, your pet may feel uncomfortable in the deep water. Give them a child’s wading pool instead to get their splash on. Fill the pool with a few inches of water, toss in some waterproof or water toys, and let your pet jump in. They’ll have a great time splashing around as they try to catch their floating toys, and they’ll stay cool at the same time, all without you worrying about chlorine or deep water.
#2: Freeze “pup-sicles” for your pet
Ice cream is a fantastic way to cool off on a hot day, and, while your pet can’t share your chocolate sundae with you, they can have their own special “pup-sicles.” Create frozen treats for your pet from their canned food, plain yogurt, tuna, Xylitol-free peanut butter, or a combination of their favorite snacks. Freeze the concoction in a rubber KONG, or use a silicone ice cube tray for smaller treat portions.
#3: Use water toys to play with your pet
Some pets love trying to catch running water, so hook up a sprinkler or fill up squirt guns if your pet is the sort who tries to bite the stream from the hose. Be careful to avoid shooting water directly in your pet’s face or eyes, and take a break if they become too excited.
#4: Take a walk on the beach
For a fun socialization session that allows your pet to stay cool, head to a pet-friendly beach with your pal. Ensure you bring a beach umbrella for shade and plenty of fresh water because your pet shouldn’t drink from lakes and oceans. Spend a couple of hours letting your pet frolic in the waves with other pets, then head home before your furry pal gets too much sun.
Heatstroke is a serious condition that can quickly turn fatal without treatment. If your pet shows signs of overheating—excessive panting, confusion, staggering while walking—contact your veterinarian immediately for emergency care.