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how to keep your pet cool

Though many of us are going back to school and work (fond farewell, summer vacay!), we still have a few weeks before summer is over. With many places clocking 80 and 90-degree temps, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your pet cool, calm, and collected during the dog days of summer.  

Gimme some of that AC

During really hot days, the best thing you can do is keep your pets inside with air conditioning or a fan on. While it’s tempting to turn these down or off when you leave, please don’t! Our pets need them just as much as we do. In fact, dogs are even more sensitive to heat than humans. 

Icy cold treats

Who doesn't like an icy treat on a warm day? Check out the freezer section of your local grocery or pet store for fun, animal-friendly treats your pet can indulge in. There are also some suuuper simple recipes on the internet (think yogurt, fruit, and peanut butter). Some dogs and cats are even excited just to get an ice cube in their bowl. Every little thing helps! (Discuss these ideas with your veterinarian first, especially if your furry friend has a sensitive stomach or any dietary restrictions.)

Let's get physical 

Take your pup for a walk in the morning or at night since that’s when it’s coolest outside. If you must go out during the afternoon, a good test to see if it’s too hot is to touch the pavement with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s definitely too hot for your pup’s paws. A great way to cool them down and tire them out is with water sports. Take your furball to a dog-friendly beach or lake and see if they’re a natural swimmer. (Make sure they don’t get in deep water — not all dogs paddle well and some even sink!) Go slowly and use a harness to start. There are also dog aquatic centers popping up these days. Do a quick search to see if there’s one near you. Have a backyard? Try a sprinkler or kiddie pool (and send us pics, please). 

Cool ideas…literally 

There are also cooling products made especially for pets. You can choose from a range of cooling pads, cooling vests, and even cooling bandanas! They typically just use water or a non-toxic cooling gel. In a pinch? A cool, damp towel temporarily does the trick. And, finally, make sure your dog or cat always has plenty of cool, fresh water. If time outside is inevitable, it’s smart to invest in a collapsible travel bowl and a sun shade. Have fun and stay safe!