Published: April 30th, 2016 | Jeremy Feldman

Six Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summertime

The dog days of summer are here, which means it’s the perfect time to give your pup a little extra attention.  If you live in a warm climate, you’re especially going to want to make sure that your canine friend doesn’t overheat.  After all, your dog’s fur coat is a called a coat for a good reason.  Fortunately, there are several easy ways to help keep your dog comfortable in the heat.  Here are six of the best.

1. Put ice cubes in his water dish.  Making sure your dog has fresh, clean water available at all times is a good starting point to keeping him cool.  Why not add some ice cubes in?  Even better, when they melt, they will leave nice, cool water behind.

2. Avoid going outside in the midday.  If you normally take your dog on walks or playdates in the afternoon, now is a good time to switch things up.  Going early in the morning, or later in the evening after the sun sets, will keep both of you cooler.  Your dog also won’t have to deal with hot concrete on his paws!

3. Give your dog a special cooling pet bed.  These beds come in many different styles.  The simplest ones are made of mesh for better ventilation.  Others include pockets for cold packs.  Check out the pet store to see all the options and decide which pet bed is right for your furry friend.

4. Make sure your dog has plenty of shade available.  For example, you can set your dog’s bed in a basement or other cool area of your house.  If your dog is going to be outside, make sure he has a doghouse or maybe a shed or other object that he can use for shade.

5. Make frozen treats for your dog!  An easy way to start is to fill an ice cube tray with beef or chicken broth and then feed the ice cubes as treats.  You can also freeze dog food or peanut butter overnight.  If you are feeling up to it, there are several tutorials online for making even fancier treats for your canine friend.

6. Give your dog a bath.  If your dog doesn’t mind water or baths, then a nice cool bath will give him a needed break from the heat.  You can also get him a tub or kiddie pool and have him go for a dip outside.  Some dogs just love to sit and soak.

No matter what you do, remember to look for signs of heatstroke.  If your pet is panting heavily, vomiting, dizzy, or lethargic, take him to a vet right away.  Thankfully, with just a little bit of care, you can help your dog avoid reaching that point.  Have a great summer and enjoy the dog days!