How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

If you find the summer heat unbearable, chances are your dog does too! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our furry friends are not immune to the heat. Here are five simple ways you can prevent your pup from overheating in the warmer months.

Don’t leave your dog in a parked car, ever

On a hot day your car can heat up to well over 100 degrees, even if the windows are open or it’s in the shade. Don’t tote your dog around if you don’t have to, and always let them out of the car with you if you do.

Dog’s get sunburn too

Did you know that dogs are susceptible to sunburn too? Make sure to apply a high quality sunscreen on your dog’s nose, belly, groin, ears, and any other pink spots you see. Make sure to use a sunscreen specifically for dogs, not humans, as the ingredients in regular sunscreen might be toxic to dogs. Try this one.

Avoid the cement

This might be more difficult for city dweller dogs, but the cement can get very hot on your pup’s paws in the hot sun. Plus, the sun’s reflection off of the cement can also cause a burn on their chest. Do your best to keep them on a shady part of the cement or the grass.

Give them plenty of water

Just like we need to stay hydrated on a hot day, your dog does too. Make sure to bring an extra bottle of water for your dog when you’re going on a long walk or heading on a road trip.

Cool off with a sweet treat

Some ice cream shops carry ice cream for your dog, and there’s no better way to satisfy man’s best friend than by satisfying his sweet tooth. If you’re local ice cream shop doesn’t have a good option for you, try making our homemade recipe below.

Scoopy Doo - Doggie Ice Cream.

  • 2 bananas, frozen and cut up

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk (optional)

In a food processor place the bananas and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Be patient, this might take a few minutes. If needed, add a few tablespoons of milk.

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