Tips to Keep Your Furry Family Members Cool this Summer

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Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member:
Safe & Hound Doggy Daycare

Summer is right around the corner and all of us here at Safe & Hound are excited for the warm weather ahead! Summer is a great time for outdoor adventures or get together with your friends and family members. Being able to take your canine companion with you on your summer adventures is always a blast! Here are some tips to keep things safe for your four-legged family members so the adventures are safe and memorable!

Plenty of Water

Dogs need access to fresh water throughout the day. Having unlimited access to water is especially important on hot days. Just like humans, dogs can get dehydrated too. Always take water with you on your outdoor adventures, whether you’re on a hike or hanging out in the backyard.

Ensure they have Shade

Dogs can only sweat through the bottoms of their paws, which does little to help them cool down. Panting is the best way to help cool themselves down. Make sure they have a cool place to rest in the shade and if the air temperature in the shade is too warm, it might be best to keep them indoors and let them out for quick potty breaks during the hottest part of the day. This is especially important for your squished nose friends.  Keeping them cool is key to avoid heat exhaustion and if it’s too hot for you in the shade, it’s too hot for them.

Do Not Leave Them in The Car

Car temps can soar to an incredibly high heat in few short minutes when its hot out. On a 70 degree day, it can reach 90 degrees in your car in just 10 minutes. If you are running errands during the day, best to leave your pup at home where its cool. Better safe then sorry!

Check the Temperature of the Pavement

During the hot summer months, the pavement can get pretty hot. Taking your dog for walks early in the morning before it has a chance to heat up or later in the evening once it has cooled down is a great way to avoid any burnt paws. If you’re not sure about the temperature of the pavement, place your bare hand(or foot) onto the pavement and hold it there for 7-8 seconds. If its uncomfortable for you, it’s going to be way to hot for your pup.

Know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Some symptoms to look out for my include: Increased/Heavy panting, Drooling/Salivating, Agitation/Restlessness, Very red or Pale gums, Increased Heart Rate, Breathing distress, Vomiting, Collapsing. If you think your dog may be experiencing heat stroke or exhaustion, get them to a cool place and call your vet immediately.


If you have any questions about ways to keep your pup cool or precautions to take, Reach out to your vet. These tips were written based on the experience of the author, but should not be used in place of Veterinary Advice.  

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