How To Keep Your Pet Cool!
It’s the dog days of summer & we know that if we are feeling the effects, our furry friends are as well!
This week we are sharing 5 tips for helping to keep your pet’s cool this summer so that they can stay safe, happy and be their most tail-waggin-est self!
1. Stay Hydrated!
Make sure your dog always has access to clean, fresh water. If you’re going out for a hike, walk or adventure, make sure that you pack plenty of water, not just for yourself, but your pup too!
2. Plan Your Walks
Black pavement (or asphalt) can get very hot and can harm your pets’ paws (& you may not even realize it!) Imagine walking barefoot on a sidewalk in the middle of summer, ouch! Try this:
- Schedule your walks early in the morning before the sun hits the pavement or at night as the sun is setting (Be sure to wear reflective gear to keep you & your pup safe!)
- Pick up some booties to protect your dog’s paws
- Walk in shaded areas – wooded trails, hiking paths, etc!
3. Be Aware Of Heatstroke
Heatstroke is by far the most upsetting summertime emergency veterinarians see in the summer. If not treated quickly enough, this devastating complication can result in death. Heatstroke is a condition caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Imagine wearing a fur coat during the summer and sitting outside for an hour or so. That is what it is like for our pets. (read A Vet’s Top Summer Tips for Pet Owners for more!)
4. Give Your Pet Cooling Foods
Specific cooling ingredients can help your pet combat the summer heat & most can be found right in your fridge. Also check to see what kind of protein and ingredients your pet is eating in their regular food. A whole food diet is a great way to begin to add cooling elements to your pet’s meals & it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Just replacing 25% of their food with real, whole food ingredients or a high quality freeze dried food can have incredible benefits to their overall health. Read more about specific cooling foods here!
5. And Finally, Avoid Warming Foods!
The last thing we would want is for dogs who are running warm to be eating chicken or turkey, which are classified as WARMING proteins. Why? Because these will exacerbate the problems. Instead, try a diet with cooling ingredients, like rabbit or pork, to help nourish and heal ailments and to promote overall wellness and health. For more info on how warming foods can impact your pet, head over to our allergy blog!
If you’re not sure where to start or if your pup needs a cooling diet, take our online pet assessment to understand your pet’s health profile. By answering a few simple questions, our experts will help you understand exactly what your dog needs in order to thrive!
Stay cool friends!