Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool In Summer
Our Cool Pet Pad is a great way to keep your dog cool during hot summer days. Just let your dog stretch out on the pad, our pad will activate, and you’ll have hours of coolness keeping your dog comfortable and happy.
In addition to our cool pet pad, how do you keep your dog cool during the dog days of summer? First, a little background.
Dogs don’t handle heat as well as we do. They have built in fur coats, which makes it hotter for them, and they handle heat differently than humans. Large dogs with round bodies for example, build up heat faster than smaller thinner dogs. As a rule, the bigger your dog is, the more prone he or she is to overheating. Thick fur is also a factor in this, of course. Thick fur prevents body heat from escaping and makes your dog hotter. Also, dogs don’t sweat, they pant. With this in mind, here are a few tips:
If it’s hot, don’t exercise your dog in the middle of the day. Be careful if it’s hot out. Don’t go for a run and bring your dog along. If it’s going to be hot out, exercise your dog first thing in the morning or later in the evening after the sun goes down. Take care to not let your dog run or walk on very hot asphalt as that can hurt their paws.
Don’t leave your dog in the car on a hot summer day. Even if it feels relatively cool outside, your car can become a heat chamber within 30 minutes. On a hot day, cars can go from 72 degrees to 117 within 30 minutes. Leaving windows cracked helps, but not nearly as much as you would think. There’s simply too many windows to let the heat in.
Use your cooling pad to keep your dog cool in the car. When travelling, put your cooling pad in the freezer for an hour or two before leaving, then bring it with you. Also bring cool water in dog water bottle and let your dog drink periodically.
Use your cooling pad at home. A great way to keep your dog cool during the day is to make sure your cooling pad is ready for your dog to lie on. Putting it in the freezer first will keep your dog cool longer.
It’s easy to keep your dog cool during the summer if you realize that your dog deals with heat differently than you do and plan accordingly. The most important thing is to have fun!