July is known as the hottest month of the year, making it difficult to spend more than a couple minutes outside with your dog. The necessity to keep your pup indoors can create boredom, while too much time spent outside may result in heat stroke, burnt paws, or other serious health problems. To help find a perfect balance, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep your pet happy and cool, whether you’re out in the sun or the air conditioning.
Damp Towels: Help your pet cool down by setting a damp towel on the floor for them to lie on. This works especially well for pets who don’t love the idea of water, and will create a cooling effect both while they’re lying on it, and after they’ve gotten up from it.
Hide Toys: If your pup is feeling a little stir crazy in the house, try playing hide and seek with some of their favorite toys. This game is less involved than fetch or tug-of-war, and your dog will love taking laps around the house trying to sniff out their toy.
Freeze Treats: If you’ve seen how much fun some dogs can have with just an ice cube on the floor, then you know how entertaining frozen treats can be. Freezing some plain yogurt, or filling a Kong with peanut butter and tossing it in the freezer for an hour or two, are both good ideas to extend your pup’s playtime. Freezing treats makes it more difficult for your dog to consume the food right away, and the frozen temperature helps keep them cool.
Invest in a New Toy: If your dog has a mountain of squeaky toys, it may be a good time to treat your pup to a new type of toy. Bully sticks can keep your dog occupied for a good amount of time, and food puzzles can entertain without the need to overheat outside.
Plan a Walk: No matter the temperature, dogs will still need to be let out and walked throughout the day. To avoid hot pavement and scorching temperatures, take time to plan your walks ahead of time. By taking a long stroll in the early morning or later in the evening, your dog is still getting the exercise they need while avoiding the midday heat.
Baby Pools: If your dog loves the water, a baby pool is a great summer investment. Create a little oasis for your pup to enjoy on even the hottest day. Depending on the breed, your dog may even enjoy a pool filled with ice instead of water. Regardless of what you choose, make sure you’re never leaving your dog unattended– afterall, pools require lifeguards!
Use a Sprinkler or Hose: If your pet is looking to cool down, but doesn’t seem to like the idea of a pool, a sprinkler or hose is a great option. Depending on your pup’s personality, spraying water can be an entertaining summer game for both dog and owner. If a hose is a little too intense for your dog, try setting up a sprinkler and letting them approach it at their own pace.
Go for a Sunset Stroll on the Beach: At Oceanside, we’re lucky to be minutes away from the beach. While the afternoon is too hot for dogs (and most Charleston area beaches prohibit dogs on beaches during the midday hours anyway), the mornings and evenings are great times to visit the beach. Taking a walk on the sand, enjoying the sea breeze, and letting your dog splash around in the water is a great spot on the hottest of days.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, make sure you and your dog are staying cool and comfortable. Your dog should always have access to water, and should never be left alone in a car. If you have any questions about heat-related health issues, please do not hesitate to give us a call!