It's Hot Out There! 7 Ways to Keep Pets Cool This Summer
Keep your furry BFFs sun-safe with these tips and cool-down tricks.
It's not even officially summer yet and temperatures have almost hit 100 here in Tennessee. Hopefully, you're all taking measures to stay cool, hydrated and UV protected, but what about your pets? We all love getting our furry BFFs out in the fresh air during the summer, but there are lots of ways to make sure they're enjoying the sunshine in a safe way.
Pet expert Nicole Ellis, from DogVacay, shares her top tips to keep pets of all sizes safe this season.
I Scream, You Bark
Dogs love cold treats — ice cream, watermelon (remove those seeds first!), frozen chicken stock cubes — you name it! Here are a few simple recipes for frosty treats you can try at home.
Seriously, Sunburns Stink
We all know the feeling of spending a nice day outside, then getting burned in the process. Lather sunscreen on your pet — they need protection, too! Look for sunscreens that are specifically designed for animals. (Consult your veterinarian for recommendations.)
Big Tip: Avoid zinc oxide, which is a common ingredient in sunscreen. It can be toxic to dogs if ingested.
This Works for Humans, Too!
Keep your pet cool in the summer by wetting down a bandana and placing it in the freezer to chill. Tie it around your pet's neck once frozen.
Take Cool, Evening Walks
Take your pets on walks during the early or late hours of the day when the heat isn't at its highest, when the air will be easier to breathe and the ground cooler to walk on. When possible, walk on dirt or grass patches instead of dark concrete, which can heat up to high temperatures quickly.
Keep Their Skin Covered
Trimming and brushing your pet's hair could help keep them cooler, and help remove loose fur which makes the heat worse. However, make sure to do your research before trimming hair too short. While shaving your pet's fur may seem like a good idea, the layers of your pet's fur actually help protect their skin from UV rays.
Take It Easy
When playing outdoors, be sure to have plenty of water, stop for water breaks and pick out a shady section for your pet. Limit exercise on hot days compared to your normal outdoor routines.
Play Near the Water
Enjoy time together near pet-friendly water locations like a kiddie pool, a large sprinkler in the yard or your local dog beach. (Playing frisbee by the water is a great summer activity!) Remember, it's supposed to be fun so don't force your dog in the water if they're scared or nervous.
Tip: Wetting your dog down before a walk can help them stay cooler during their walk, too.