It’s summer in Texas and the heat is on. We’re sure you’re already thinking about all of the ways you can stay cool, but what about Fido? He can’t just flip on the air conditioner. Here are some tips for helping your pooch stay cool during the dog days of summer.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
Yes, dogs can get heat stroke and it can be life threatening. Know the signs for heat stroke so you get your pup to safety:
- Drooping ears and tail
- Loss of interest in playing or walking
- Excessive panting and/or salivating
- Obvious discomfort
- Vomiting and diarrhea
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to get your pup in a cooler environment. Call the vet who can help you decide if you need to bring your pup in. In the meantime, squirt water on your dog’s chest and in his mouth. Signs of heat stroke might manifest days afterward, so keep an eye on your pooch.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Your dog’s water bowl should also be full but during the summer, it’s imperative to have lots of bowls everywhere. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, be sure a big bowl of water is available. Avoid metal bowls as the water will get hot very quickly. When taking your dog for a walk, bring a bottle of water and a collapsible bowl. Give your pup water every 15-20 minutes while walking.
Plan your walks around water if possible. Ponds and streams are wonderful places for water-loving dogs. Woodforest has two ponds available for pups to paddle in. If you aren’t near a lake, your dog can still have fun. Fill a kiddie pool or turn on misters and sprinklers.
A covered patio complete with misters will keep your dog cool but if you don’t have either of those, be sure to put up patio umbrellas or portable sun shades so your pup has a place to lie down.
Elevate Fido’s Bed
When it is hot, your dog probably prefers laying on the kitchen tile or your living room floor. You can make her comfortable by buying or raising her dog bed. That allows air to circulate under the bed, keeping her cool. You can also place a bucket of ice under the bed to add to the air conditioning.
Avoid the Heat
The best way to keep your dog cool is to keep him inside with you. That isn’t always possible, of course, but you can avoid the hottest parts of the day. Midday and late afternoon are when temperatures tend to spike. Walk your dog in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is lower. Keep to the shade. The pavement will be cooler but check it first. Asphalt and concrete retain heat for a long time. Remember if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Even better walk on the trails.
Use Cooling Products
From cooling vests to pool floats, there are many products at the pet store designed to keep your pooch cool. If you can’t afford some of the pricier items, fill a plastic jug with water, freeze it and put it out where your dog can lie down against it.
Move to Woodforest
Our dog-friendly community is the perfect place to keep your dog (and you) cool all summer long. We have ponds to jump in and shady trails to wander. Using the air conditioning won’t break the bank either. All of our homes are energy efficient so you and Fido can stay cool all summer long. Visit us today.