On days which reach above average temperatures, we often worry about how to keep ourselves cool and forget about our dogs. I couldn’t find exact statistics but I’m sure the numbers are large – of the amount of deaths which occur in dogs on hot days.
There are a few things you can do to minimise the risk of your dog overheating like –
Timing exercise – before 10am or after 4pm is the best time to exercise your dog as in-between these hours is usually the hottest part of the day. If you do exercise outside of these hours please ensure the ground is cool as dogs will not only absorb heat through the pads on their feet but if it’s too hot for you to walk bare foot then it’s too hot for your dog!
Clamshell – using a plastic clamshell filled with water, which I think is a fantastic idea. Place the shell in the shade and fill with cool water. This gives your dog the chance to swim and drink on hot days. These retail for around $25 and can be purchased from stores such as Toys R Us and Target. You can also hose your dog down with cool water.
Canine Cooler – is the perfect way to give your dog some extra coolness on hot days and is especially helpful for dogs with bad joints, bad hips, skin disorders and other similar ailments. Maintenance free, this bed is easily wiped clean and does not allow fleas or ticks to burrow and lay eggs. It also comes with a “paw puncture proof” one year warranty and offers three sizes to fit any crate. Click here to find out more.
Ice cubes – for extra cooling down, save empty containers such as yoghurt or ice cream, fill with water and freeze to make large ice cubes. Give these to your dog to lick or put them in the clamshell. Smaller ice cubes can also be used to put into your dogs water bowl.
Check out these yummy recipes –
2 cups vanilla yogurt (or plain low-fat)
2 tablespoons honey OR you can substitute banana & honey for tuna.
Mix ingredients and freeze in ice cube tray. Voila…sweet, cool bite size treats for your pooch!
2 cups low salt beef or chicken broth
2/3 cup water
2 or 3 ice cube trays
Small rawhide sticks
Mix water with beef or chicken broth and pour into ice cube trays. Place in freezer and serve cold. Add a rawhide stick halfway through the freezing. This recipe is quick, easy, and fun. It’s probably best to serve this dish outside.
Try using these recipes with a Kong instead of an ice cube tray!
It is really simple to keep your dog cool on hot days, just be smart about where and when you take your dog out and do a few extra things to ensure your dog stays comfortable in the heat. If you are taking your dog in the car with you make sure there is adequate ventilation or air con and carry enough water with you for both you and your dog. Never leave your dog in the car unsupervised. Cooling bandanas, portable water bowls, extra water bowls and water fountains are also things which could prove to be life saving. You can find all of these items at Paws Point, click here for their website.