5 tips to help your dog beat the heat
Summer heat can be hard on dogs. If your dog has a shorter than average muzzle (Boxers, bulldogs pugs, some Mastiffs) or thick, dark coloured coat, it’s even harder for him to stay cool when the weather is sweltering. Here are 5 easy tips that will help any dog keep his cool on these hot summer days.
1) Avoid car travel, unless it’s to a favourite swimming hole where you can both cool off! Never leave your dog in a car parked in the sun in the warmer months, even with the air conditioning on.
2) If you have to leave your dog in the car briefly, park in a really shady spot, taking note of where the sun is headed. Leave the windows open as much as is safe to keep your dog in and dog thieves out. Breeze Guard window screens are a great product that can be custom made to fit any vehicle and allow windows to be left fully open. The 1/4 inch powder coated steel mesh keeps him secure in the vehicle while keeping people out. If you want additional shade, (Aluminet) shade cloths have been proven to keep vehicle temperatures 10 degrees cooler than the exterior ambient temperature. These large (up to 10×20 feet) are draped over the vehicle to provide shade wherever you are.
3) Get a plastic wading pool for him to splash in. Simply fill with water, add toys, and let the fun begin!
4) Pupsicles. Pupsicles are a frozen treat your dog will love! They are easily made using a 1 litre yogurt pot, or even a medium sized mixing bowl. Simply fill about half way with a mixture of diced meat or hot-dogs , peas, blueberries and/or diced apple, and a small Nylabone, or other chew toy. Next fill the yogurt pot or bowl up with water or (if you want to get really rover the top) stock. Freeze for 4 hours or until it is frozen solid. When your pupsicle is completely frozen, you can run some warm water over the container to release it . Serve in a shady spot outdoors.
5) Cooling vests. Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear makes two styles of cooling vest: The Swamp dog cooling vest, a loosely fitted cooling vest suited for fluffier coats, and The Jet Stream cooling vest, more form fitted for dogs who partake in active summer fun. Each of these multi layered cooling vests performs by being soaked in cool water, and are then wrung thoroughly. The outer layer allows for cooling evaporation , the middle layer is absorbent and holds the cool water. The layer of fabric next to the skin is designed to wick moisture away from the skin, while allowing cooling vapours from the water to keep the dog’s skin significantly cooler than the ambient temperature.