Tips and Tricks to Beat the Heat with Your Dog!

It’s summertime! The days are long and sunny, and the temperature is rising. In this blog I’m going to give you some tips and tricks, so you and your furry children can keep cool all summer long.

Check the Pavement

Spending the summer outside can be lots of fun but it’s important to make sure the conditions are right for your dog. An easy way to tell if it’s too hot for a walk is by checking the pavement. If you place your hand on the pavement and it’s hot to touch, it’s too hot for your dog. Your dog could get burns on their paw pads which makes the skin raw and sore from walking on the hot pavement.

Watch the temperature outside

Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day which is usually, 3 to 4 p.m. Try going out earlier in the morning or go out later in the evening around dusk.

Keep your home cool

It’s important for your dog to have a cool place to rest in between all the summer fun. Keeping your home cool by leaving the air condition on or turning on a fan can help cool down the room fast. If you plan on going out for a long time, leave a fan or the air conditioning on for your dog while you’re out.

Cool and Comfortable ways for your dog to rest

A lot of dogs will gravitate to cool surfaces to take a break on, my dog loves sleeping on the floor tilling or concrete in my house. If you don’t have anything like that then this trick works just as well.

You can put down a cold, damp towel or ice packs on the floor for your dog rest on. It works great for inside your home or outside under the shade.

Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is very important for your dog. Make sure you’re giving them enough water during the hot weather. A lot of dogs enjoy ice in their water, it keeps the water cold over time and some time the ice cubes can a nice treat to crunch on. Keep an eye on your dog for signs of overheating.

According to, some signs of overheating are:

  • Heavy panting and drooling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or red gums and tongue
  • Dizziness and weakness
  • Agitation

Reach out to your veterinarian if you ever get concerned.

Let me know what you do to beat the heat with your dog.

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