6 Simple Tips To Keep Your Dogs Cool in Summer

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There are so many nice things to do when the sun is out and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities.

Ahh, the beauty of summer and the warmer days.

Imagine playing outside with your dog or playing fetch in the park. Perhaps going for a walk in the morning and grabbing a cup of coffee. The possibilities are endless when the weather is great.

But there will always be days when it's "too" hot outside. And it's not just you who's going to suffer but also your four-legged buddy.

According to littlefriendspetsitting, "Dogs are built very differently than we are. They have very few sweat glands, which means they do sweat from their paw pads and less furry areas of their bodies. It is worth noting dogs are very easily overheated, despite their nifty panting trick, and can be prone to heat stroke in hot weather, especially when the humidity is high. Dogs with short muzzles and rounded heads are especially heat-intolerant, breeds that are affected by this include English Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzus to name a few."

Here are some simple tips to keep your dog cool during the warmer days:

1. Take them out for a walk early in the morning or late at night when it is cooler. Let them walk in a slower pace and always observe them to see if they need a break.

2. If your home doesn't have AC, get creative in keeping your pup cool. You can use fans or even a kiddie pool for your buddy to chill out. Let them sleep in a well-ventilated room to keep them cool even at night. Pet cooling pads are also great to keep your dogs temperature down.

3. Make sure to always bring an extra water bottle for your dog to keep them hydrated. Especially when you take them out for a walk.

4. For dogs with a thicker coat, try spreading his/her fur using your fingers to cool them out. This will help air flow through their body and reduce insulation.

5. Give your dog some frozen treats, yep, a dog ice cream exists. You can even make them a smoothie! If you're dog is not used to it, introduce it slowly by letting them try a little. 

6. Don't leave your dogs unattended in closed areas or parked cars. Not even when the windows are slightly open. 

Do you have any tips in keeping your dogs cool this summer? We'd love to hear it!

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