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Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat
By Canada Pooch on Jul 11, 2022
It’s easy to get excited about the warm summer weather and all the outdoor adventures on the horizon. But, don’t forget that the warm weather can pose challenges and risks for your dogs in the summer. Fortunately, there are many ways you can get your dog ready for the summer heat.
From adjusting your walk schedule and incorporating dog cooling gear into your dog’s wardrobe to whipping up some refreshing treats, there are lots of simple ways you can keep your dog cool, safe and comfortable this summer!
Treat your dog to a summer ‘do
Some dogs benefit from summer haircuts while others do not. It may seem counterintuitive, but many dogs have coats that function as a natural cooling system, protecting them from hot weather. Many thick-coated dogs will shed their heavy undercoats during the summer, which helps make them cooler, but this isn’t always sufficient.
Certain dog breeds need a summer cut for relief from the heat. These include most low-shedding breeds like Labradoodles, Poodles, and Portuguese Water Dogs with long, fine hair.
If you’re unsure whether summer grooming would benefit your dog and keep them cool, speak with your groomer or your vet for their advice.
Protect your pup’s paws
When it comes to keeping dogs cool, their paws are one of the most important parts to keep protected. Hot weather can damage your dog’s paws because surfaces like asphalt, tile, and even faux grass can become so hot that they burn your dog’s paw pads. How do you know the ground is too hot for your dog? Do a surface check whenever you are walking your dog in hot weather by placing your hand on the ground. If you can’t tolerate resting your palm on the sidewalk for at least 10 seconds, there’s a good chance it will burn your pup’s paws.
Protect your dog’s paws by adjusting your walk schedule for your dog for the coolest times of day: early morning and evening once the sun begins to wane. If possible, avoid pavement and walk your dog on grass as much as possible as it will be much cooler.
Canada Pooch’s Hot Pavement Dog Boots are another great way to offer additional paw protection, especially if you live in an area where grass is scarce. These stylish dog booties secure over your dog’s paw with a toggle and a velcro strap to ensure they stay in place. They even have drainage holes in the sole to make them water-friendly! Dog booties are a great way to ensure your dog can still get the exercise they need without being concerned about their paw health!
Invest in cooling gear
Cooling clothes for dogs are a simple, practical way to help your dog stay cool in the hot weather while out and about during the summer. Canada Pooch’s cooling products are all chemical-free and use an evaporation cooling technique to provide ongoing relief from the heat. They are constructed with water-retaining fabric and incorporate mesh layers for air circulation.
When you add water, evaporation begins. The fabric will hold the cool water against your dog as it slowly evaporates. When the garment dries, simply add more water to reinitiate the cooling effects!
The following cooling clothes will keep your dog comfortable this summer:
- Cooling vest - Our Chill Seeker Cooling Vest secures around your dog’s back, shoulders, and belly to keep them cool on hot summer days. It comes in 12 sizes and five playful colors and patterns, so there is sure to be a perfect option for your dog.
- Cooling bandana - Wrap a cooling bandana around your dog’s neck to provide some relief from the hot weather . The bandana secures with a snap, so there’s no need to pull it over your pup’s head.
- Cooling harness - Our Chill Seeker Cooling Harness pulls double duty as a functional no-pull harness and a cooling garment. The harness slides over your dog’s head and secures around the abdomen with adjustable straps. There is a no-pull front D-ring leash attachment or back D-ring leash attachment point on the back, so you can choose what works best for your dog. This harness will help keep your dog feeling fresh while walking in the summer !
- Cooling hat - An adorable cooling hat will offer your dog instant relief from the heat. It secures over the dog’s ears and is held in place with an adjustable chin strap. It also provides a little bit of shade protection for your dog’s eyes!
Offer cooling treats
Icy treats are a fun and practical way to help your dog cool down during the summer. There are all kinds of different frozen treats you might offer your dog, including chilled fruit, ice cubes, or even doggy ice cream or pupsicles.
You can make your own dog-friendly popsicles by blending yogurt with pureed fruit and freezing it in an ice cube tray. These treats are not only delicious and refreshing, but they’re also very healthy for your dog, especially if you use low-fat, sugar-free yogurt. The Dog Bakery has all kinds of tasty pupsicle recipes you can try out, or you can create your own based on your dog’s preferences.
Protect your pup from heat stroke
Heat stroke is a serious concern for dogs in summer months. If your dog becomes severely overheated, they may experience vomiting, lethargy, seizures, or collapse. In extreme cases, heat stroke can be life-threatening, so it’s essential to keep your dog hydrated and be mindful of the heat before your dog starts experiencing symptoms.
If your dog begins drooling or panting excessively or becomes unusually lethargic, there’s a chance they’re overheating.
To prevent heat stroke:
- Offer your dog water frequently to help them cool down in the heat. Canada Pooch developed a travel-friendly water bowl to help you keep your dog hydrated on the go! Plus it includes a food safe and non-toxic ice pack to keep water cooler for your pup on hot days.
- Make use of the dog cooling products mentioned above
- Ensure your dog has access to a cool, shady place to relax during peak daylight hours.
For more detailed advice, check out our guide to how to prevent your dog from overheating during summer heatwaves!
The Bottom Line to Keeping Your Dog Cool
It’s vital to be mindful of your dog’s comfort and safety during hot summer weather. Take care to protect your dog’s paws, and remember that dogs can quickly become dehydrated in hot weather. Always be sure your dog has access to fresh water and a comfortable, shady space to relax. Incorporating cooling clothes into your dog’s wardrobe can help them stay comfortable whether at home or out and about on a hot day!