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5 Ways To Help Your Dog Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

With the beautiful summertime weather, now is your chance to discover new outdoor wonders with your furry friend. This August, help your pup beat the heat on your next adventure.

We’ve got 5 tips on how to cool down a dog and keep them ready to take on new experiences!

1. Keep Drinking Water On Hand.

Bring along a collapsible bowl and water bottle to be certain that your pup stays hydrated in the heat.

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Hydration and your pet 😀 Proper hydration and the consumption of fluids is key to staying healthy! Water plays an integral part in the function of every body system, including the heart, kidneys, brain, muscles and even the skin. Without water, our bodies could not carry needed nutrients to cells, nor could we flush bacteria and other waste products. Going without water, even for just a few days, would cause even the healthiest individuals to become quite ill and eventually pass away. These same facts apply to our canine counterparts! Most veterinarians recommend dogs should consume about an ounce of water per pound of body weight, daily. Keep in mind, these recommendations are generally based on dogs who consume a kibble-based diet! When some pets transition to a healthy, raw diet, many owners report a significant decrease in overall water consumption. This decrease in water consumption, is directly caused by the high moisture content present in the food. Our raw diets vary, on average, between 60-80% moisture, compared with kibbles that, on average contain between 6-12% moisture. In order to combat this lack of moisture and begin even the first steps of digestion, dogs must consume water. Many pet owners can relate to this, recalling their dog lapping up a big bowl of water post dinnertime. Pet owners feeding a raw diet, report a much different story, often saying their dog consumes little to no water. Raw foods are already in their purest state, not tampered by excess processing via heat or unnecessary fillers, making them easy to digest. It is important that pet owners continue to offer access to fresh, clean water daily, just do not be surprised if they drink a little less than usual. Knowing the appropriate amount of water for your pet to consume is crucial to gauging overall health.

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2. Get Wet.

If you’re spending long hours in the sun, it’s important that your dog has the opportunity to cool down. Take your dog for a swim in a nearby lake or body of water to prevent them from getting too hot.

Swimming Safety: If your dog is swimming for long hours it can cause injury to their tail and dry-drowning, so keep swim sessions short and make sure they take a break. When your dog is finished swimming, remove wet collars or harnesses to avoid rashes. If your furry friend isn’t a strong swimmer, ask your local store about puppy lifejackets to keep them safe.

3. Bring Frozen Treats.

Humans can enjoy popsicles, but dogs can enjoy PUPsicles! Whether you make your own frozen dog treats or bring a frozen bone, reward your dog with something cold. 

4. Rest In The Shade.

Outdoor adventures are exciting, but it’s also important to take time to slow down and rest. Take breaks in the shade so your dog can lie down and catch their breath. 

5. Invest In a Cooling Vest.

Depending on your next adventure, consider whether investing in puppy apparel is well suited for your dog. A cooling vest can help keep your dog’s temperature down while also offering protection from the sun.

Remember, sometimes the summer sun is simply too hot for our furry friends. If you can’t hold the back of your hand on the pavement for longer than 10 seconds, then it’s too hot to walk your dog on the road. When it’s too hot for outdoor adventures, practice some training indoors or opt for an early morning walk instead.

We wish all our pawrents happy and safe adventuring!

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