Keeping It Cool In the Summer
Warmer temperatures have arrived meaning there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Camping, swimming, hiking, and all summer outdoor adventures are in full swing. While there is so much to enjoy, it’s important to stay safe in the heat. Read on for a few tips on how to prepare for a day in the sun with your pets.
Adventuring on a hot day
On hotter days it’s best to keep activities to early in the morning or in the evening to beat the heat. The best option is to avoid doing anything strenuous in the mid-day sun.
If you are out during the warm weather, make sure that you bring the right gear with you, which includes lots of water, probably double what you think you will need. Also, make sure that you are watching for signs of heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion are excessive panting, confusion, or disorientation, vomiting or diarrhea, and bright red gums.
Our favorite ways to avoid overheating are having access to lots of drinkable water, swimming/hanging out in the water, or just spending time in the shade. If we are out in the sun, we use the Hurtta Cooling Wrap, as it helps keep core body temperature down. Although there are ways to keep cooler in the summer heat, sometimes it’s just too hot and it’s better to stay home. Your dogs and your own safety are never worth putting at risk.
When you’re adventuring in the city, concrete and asphalt temperatures can be significantly higher than the outdoor air temperature. If the air temperature is 90F (32C) concrete can be as hot as 125F (52C) which means it will take just 60 seconds to burn your dog’s paws! A better option is to find a grassy area for a walk but if you need to walk in the city when the outdoor temperatures start to reach over 80F (27C) remember to put on some paw protection! Our favorite is a pair of dog booties, like the Hurtta Outback Boots. Be careful not to use them for too long or not to use boots that are meant for winter as dogs sweat through the pads of their paws.
Ways to keep cool at home
A kiddie pool, splash pad or a sprinkler are great ways to cool off right in your own backyard. If your dog is new to water activities, try throwing some of their favorite treats in and they can go bobbing for them. If your dog isn’t a fan of water you can let them hang out in the shady grass or on a cooling mat.
You can also try some frozen treats. Our favorites are a frozen lick mat with yogurt or peanut butter or a frozen toy filled with wet dog food and a bully stick. Make sure they have plenty of water around for when they are enjoying their goodies. For another fun frozen treat, you can fill ice cube trays or similar containers with bone broth and some small treats.
Ashley, Rose, and Winston
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