5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summer is here and that means it’s going to be hot outside! While us humans look for ways to stay cool and beat the heat ourselves this summer, we shouldn’t forget about our furry canine companions.

Summer Time With Your Pet DogDogs can suffer from a number of heat-related injuries, so it’s important to be mindful of their needs and keep them cool and hydrated when it’s hot outside.

Here are 5 summer safety tips to help keep your dog cool this summer:

1. Make Sure Your Dog Stays Hydrated

Of course, your dog is going to need plenty of fresh water available to stay hydrated this Summer. You may find yourself filling her water bowl more often than usual when it’s hot out.

You can keep your dog hydrated by keeping her water bowl full. Keep a bowl outside if she is going to be spending any time in the yard. When you go for walks or other adventures, bring along a water dish and pack extra water for your dog to drink.

2. Stay Cool in the Shade

Plan to take your walks during the coolest times of the day. Morning and evening walks will be cooler for both of you and will help prevent your dog from suffering heat exhaustion.

If it’s hot outside when you’re walking, try to stay in shady areas as much as you possibly can. This will help keep them cool and protect their paw pads from becoming burned.

3. Protect the Paws

Speaking of paw pads, did you know that a dog can burn them just by simply walking over hot surfaces like concrete? As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to stand on while barefoot then it’s too hot for your dog as well.

You can protect your dog’s paw pads by walking in the shade, having them wear protective boots, or avoiding hot surfaces all together. Try taking your walks in grassy areas rather than paved areas.

4. Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone in a Hot Car

I know many of us see this warning every day, but dogs continue to become injured or killed by being left alone inside of hot cars while their humans run errands. If you are going to run errands, just leave your dog at home if you cannot bring them inside of the stores. It’s just safer this way.

5. Grooming

Most people start sweating just thinking about how hot their dog must be with all of their fur. Their first instinct may be to get their dog shaved by a groomer. Many experts advise against shaving certain breeds of dogs. A dog’s fur coat is made to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Consult with your dog’s groomer to see what they recommend.

ann staubAnn Staub

My name is Ann Staub and I’m a former Veterinary Technician of 5 years. I have worked with all kinds of animals including cats, dogs, birds, small mammals, and reptiles. I have a special interest in exotic pet care and husbandry. Now, I’m a Professional Pet Blogger at my blog, Pawsitively Pets, sharing my adventures and knowledge. My pets include a Pit Bull, a calico cat, 2 dumbo-eared rats, and an aquarium of fish.

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18 Responses to 5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

  1. Ruth Cox says:

    Great cooling reminders for our canines! I am glad to see “Grooming” on the list. Sometimes what we think is good for our dogs is not!

    • Ann Staub says:

      Thank you Ruth! I used to think shaving them was helpful, and it would seem as that’s still a popular notion among people. I think more and more people are becoming aware, however!

  2. Carleen says:

    Thanks for the boot reminder! I need to find mine before it gets too hot!

  3. Jen Gabbard says:

    Great tips – especially about the grooming. It does seem like common sense to shave your dog; but it can do more harm for certain coat types. To think that thick fur helps protect against the heat just seems counter intuitive but it’s true. I finally bought my dog a kiddie pool this summer to help her cool off but so far she’s way more interested in the hose while filling it up than using it afterwards :)

    • Ann Staub says:

      It is amazing that all that fur can actually HELP them when it’s hot outside. I don’t bother with the kiddie pools for my dog. She is never interested in them. But she will swim in large bodies of water, like a lake! Have fun with your water hose!

  4. Robin says:

    Very important tips! Keeping hydrated is probably the simplest, but most overlooked step to avoiding heatstroke that any of us have. I’m glad you brought up not leaving dogs in the car. It drives me nuts when I see that!

  5. Great tips! We live in the desert and it is HOT. So important to keep our pets cool and safe.

    • Ann Staub says:

      I think I saw how hot it was in AZ and WOW! It’s been a mostly cool Summer so far here in Texas. Which I’m quite happy about. (It’s still hot though!)

  6. Sadie says:

    These are GREAT tips! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Great list! I can’t wait to see my groomer in 2 weeks! That will help keep me cool during the dog days of summer! :)

  8. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent tips that everyone should follow in the Heat! Thanks for sharing

  9. I think the number 1 thing people forget is that the ground is hot even when the temperature isn’t that high. Morning and evening walks are very important.

    • Ann Staub says:

      I agree Rachel. Even many years ago, I didn’t think about it! My dog’s paw pads got pretty roughed up from running along the rocky and hot shore of the lake. I’m sure most of it was because of the rocks, but I know they had to be hot looking back!

  10. Syl Owens says:

    Is it true that ice water, water with ice in it, is *not* good for dogs to drink?

    • Ann Staub says:

      It’s fine Syl. I think the only problem would be a potential choking hazard if your dog were to accidentally swallow an ice cube whole. I’ve personally never heard of that happening, but I suppose it’s possible. I like putting ice cubes in my own dog’s water bowl. Makes it nice and cold. :)

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