Here in California it’s warm all year round, but how do you keep your dog cool during our hot summers? I remember when I was little, we had a Great Dane and she would overheat all the time during the summer. So I would take her into my room, close the drapes, and get a bunch of cold towels I put in the freezer a couple hours before and put them on her. I was 7 at the time and the internet wasn’t how it was today, I couldn’t go on WikiHow and see step by step instructions on how to cool down my pup. I just made do with what I could think of. But, now that we have all these awesome advancements, what should we really do?
It turns out, my 7 year old self wasn’t too far off! You should always keep them in the shade or in an air conditioned place, even when you’re not there. Also, make sure they constantly have access to water, just like humans, when we overheat we get dehydrated, so you need to treat your dog's body just like your own. Another fun way you can hydrate your puppy is by making dog popsicles. You take your ice cube tray, fill it with water, put your pup’s favorite treat in, and freeze it. Walla! You’ve made your own DIY pupper popsicle.
But, now you’re pup has been cooped up in the house all day, and they want to go for a walk. How do you do it? This might not be obvious, but it's best not take your pup out in the peak of the day, when the sun is hottest. Try morning or early evening/night walks. And, don’t forget to bring your collapsible water dish every time you go on a walk, you never know when they’ll need it!
Now that we know a couple ways to prevent overheating, in the unfortunate event that your dog does, what are the signs? Rapid breathing or panting Dry gums, they’ll become pale if they’re overheating Weakness Vomiting Trouble breathing
If you ever see these signs, immediately take your dog into a cool room and give them water. Placing cool (not freezing cold) towel on their armpits and paws is the fastest way to cool them down. If these persists, consult with your veterinarian to see if you need to bring them in. If you need to bring them in, the vet will usually give them some fluids and oxygen. Now you’re better prepared for our hot SoCal days, your pup will thank you for it!