5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

June 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM by Nikki Wardle

Dog in pool.

Tongue out, rapid breathing, short breaths—it's the season for panting. Your dog is probably already feeling the heat just like you are, and with that furry coat, they don't have the option of putting on a swimsuit and hitting the pool. Summer can be a fun time for your dog, but it can also pose a danger for heat stroke and heat-related problems, especially since Fido probably can't stop himself from continuing to chase the frisbee even when he's exhausted.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for keeping your pup cool this summer.

  1. Make a splash: You've heard of kiddie pools, how about a doggie pool? Provide a shallow pool in your back yard that your dog can jump in and cool off.
  2. Keep water handy: Just like you carry around a water bottle, you should provide multiple water dishes for your dog during the summer months. Keep stainless steel water dishes in shady areas your yard and house, and bring one along on any long trips.
  3. Sleep cool: Provide an elevated bed such as a trampoline bed to keep your dog cool at night. You can also provide a fan to cool your dog off.
  4. Don't make this crucial mistake: Never leave your dog in the car, even for five minutes, and even with the windows rolled down. The heat inside cars can increase to a fatal temperature within minutes during the hot summer months.
  5. Make a popsicle: Provide your dog with a frozen treat. There are many pupsicle recipes available online that include ingredients like peanut butter, chicken stock, and dog food.

For more information on keeping your dog healthy this summer, give us a call. If you have any concerns about your dog's wellbeing, bring him or her into our pet wellness clinic.

Topics: Pet Care

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.