Ideas to Keep Your Dog Cool
Everyone knows dogs need plenty of cool water to
drink when it's hot. Try these inexpensive ideas for
your dog to beat the heat.
you know that metal water dishes absorb the heat
of the sun and make the water get hot faster? So
use a plastic bucket that holds a larger
volume of water that will take longer to get hot.
freezing a plastic milk or juice bottle full
of water at night to put in the water bucket every
morning to keep the water cooler longer.
a couple of pails of water out for your dog
in different areas in case one of them is knocked
over; that way there will still be water available
a kid's plastic wading pool as both a source
of drinking water and a place for a dog (or 2 or
3) to splash around, lie down, get wet and cool
off. Be sure the dog can get in and out of the pool
easily so there is no danger of drowning. If you
have very small dogs, try a shallow dishpan or (new)
litter box for a pint-sized pool.
did you know a dog can burn the pads of their feet
in this weather on very hot concrete, asphalt, and
the bed of pick-up trucks left in the sun? If you
dog has to put paws on these surfaces in this heat,
consider getting them foot protection...that's
right, dog boots in July and August, available at
local stores that sell pet products. Protect those
can help your dog beat the heat as well as satisfy
his urge to dig by filling a kid's wading pool
with clean sand and soak it completely. Dogs
frequently dig in the yard to find a cooler, damper
spot to chill their belly. You can encourage them
to dig by hiding treats and toys in the sand pool
and show them how to dig (and save your roses).
This will help keep them occupied while no one is
home, which is a good thing because a bored dog
is one that gets into trouble! You might want to
cover the sand pool when not in use as cats may
want to use them as giant litter boxes!!
Breeds Prone to Heat Exhaustion
weather safety is a concern for all pet owners.
To keep pets safe, it's imperative to always provide
them with access to fresh drinking water, never
leave them in a parked car, limit exercise and playtime
to the early mornings or evenings, and to always
be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke. All dogs
are at risk, but some breeds are more sensitive
to heat than others. Below are dog breeds that are
especially prone to heat exhaustion:
are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they
have short noses, small skulls, and a compressed
upper respiratory system. Dogs with these characteristics
have a harder time cooling themselves off through
panting than other breeds. Other such breeds
include Pekinese, Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers,
These loyal dogs make playful and clownish
companions, but they need to keep the playing
to a minimum during the hottest part of the
Yet another short-faced breed, bulldogs are
not highly effective at cooling themselves down
during the summer months. This includes the
English Bulldog, the Old English Bulldogge,
the American Bullldog and my favorite, the French
Bulldog. A note here, pit bulls are very commonly
called bulldogs in Alabama but in fact they
are not members of the Bulldog family. They
belong to the terrier group, as indicated by
their named American Staffordshire Terrier and
American Pit Bull Terrier
King Charles Spaniel: These dogs don't do
well in excessive heat or excessive cold, like
many toy breeds including Pomeranians.
Akitas and other heavy coated, cold-weather
dogs (Husky type dogs, Anatolian Shepherds,
Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Chows, Irish Wolfhounds,
to name a few. These dogs have thick coats meant
for colder climates. Extra care should be taken
in warm climates to ensure these dogs have plenty
of water, shade and access to a cool place to
If you ever think your pet is suffering from heat
exhaustion, seek veterinary attention immediately,
as it can be fatal. Symptoms of heat stroke include
excessive panting, bright red gums, swollen tongue,
lack of balance, a rapid heartbeat, vomiting,
and bloody diarrhea.
can be scary for your pet
Fifth of July is one of the busiest days of
the year for many animal shelters. These tips
will help keep your pets safe.
a collar and tag with your cell number on it.
them inside while fireworks are going off, in
a lighted room with the windows covered, and a
tv or radio on to help block the sound. You can
crate them but be sure they have water.
NOT take them with you to fireworks.
can also try Thundershirts, available locally
at vet offices and pet stores; compression garments
that help reduce stress.
your pet has to be medicated, be sure to see your
vet before the big day itself.