Help your fur baby beat the heat!

The warm weather is upon us here in the Niagara Peninsula, finally! Jack has been loving sitting in the sunshine on our balcony every morning, taking in the scents of spring and stocking up on his vitamin D! I’ve been loving it too but now I’m faced with my yearly problem of helping Jack beat the heat! Here are a tips and tricks to help out you and your fur kid this summer!

Kiddie Pools!
dog in kiddy pool

Not just for two legged children anymore! We all take our dog swimming to the lake or stream but why not provide a little oasis for them at home? We like to keep ours on our balcony, and as an added bonus it can be a nice place to cool down your feet as well! And the good news is they can run you as little as 12$ at Canadian Tire!

Pupscicles!
popsicles

Frozen treats are a must have! You can freaze a kong with a tasty filling or, if your baby is a weirdo like Jack who doesn’t like kongs,  you can make your own frozen treats! This is one of our household favs!:

32 oz of plain yogurt (The least amount of sugar the better)
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
2 oz of natural peanut butter

Freeze in molds and serve. You can even add a rawhide as a pupscicle stick for added tastyness!

Ice cubes!
dog ice cubes

An obvious one, I know, but some people just don’t think of it! Most dogs love pushing them around, licking them, and playing with them for quite some time. The only downside is the puddle in the kitchen that’s left!

Their own cool-down den!
dog den

When I leave for work I like to set Jack up with his own little spot in the bathroom. That’s the coolest room in our house because it has the least amount of windows, and it has a linoleum floor. I put a nice big bowl of water in there, and point the fan through the door.

Cooling mats, jackets, or collars
cool collar

These are awesome little inventions. They can sometimes be a little pricey, but Fido will thank you for them! There are a lot of different brands out there that work in many different ways. I like the GreenPetShop cool pet pad. It doesn’t need water, freezing or electricity. It has pressure activated gel that works as soon as your dog lays on it. It will work for three hours and recharges in 15 to 20 minutes. They run anywhere between $40 and $60 depending on the size your buy.

Don’t force it:

We all want our dog to get enough exercise but sometimes in the summer this isn’t posible. Don’t force it. If it is too hot, let them be lazy. The heat can be far more dangerous to their health than not getting enough exercise.

Be smart and observant:

Be sure your dog has plenty of shade, and lots of water. And observe their moods and health symptoms and act accordingly. Heat stoke can happen easily be sure to know the symptoms and cool them down imediately and seek vetrinary help.

  • Excessive panting
  • Bright red tongue and gums
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Unsteadiness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

 

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