Tips For Keeping Pets Cool This Summer
By Kathe Kurtz
Summer is right around the corner and it’s going to be hot. The heat affects your furry family member just like it affects you. Every summer, too many family pets suffer from heat exhaustion that is easily avoidable. Educate yourself on the signs of heat exhaustion in dogs. Here are my top 10 tips for keeping your pets cool and hydrated this summer:
- Water, water and more water. The best way make sure there is plenty of water for your pets is to invest in an automatic flow water system. They range in size from ½ gallon to 6 gallons so get what fits your pets needs best.
- Limit the amount of time your dog spends in the heat. If your four legged companion spends most of their time outdoors, provide adequate shade. If possible, bring them inside to enjoy the air conditioning.
- If you take your furry baby everywhere with you, make sure you bring along a portable water supply.
- Do not leave your pets in a parked car. The temperature inside a vehicle can be 15-20 degrees hotter than the daily temperature, even with ventilation.
- If your dog enjoys baths, try a cooling bath or buy a kiddie pool and fill it just a couple of inches with cold water and ice cubes.
Keeping your dogs hydrated keeps them happy and healthy.