Welcome back to our blog! Last time, we began looking at ways to keep your furry friends cool and comfortable all summer long. As we mentioned last time, hot temperatures can be ruff (pun intended) on dogs, so it’s important to do all you can to keep them cooled off. Here are the four tips we looked at in part one:
- Plan playtime and exercise for the cooler times of the day
- Always carry water bottles on walks
- Avoid leaving your dog in vehicles
- Cool off at the dog groomers while getting rid of excess hair
Below are four more tips you can follow to keep your precious pup cool, safe, healthy, and happy this summer! Give The Dog Pawlour a call to book a professional dog grooming in Greeley today!
Keep Them Hydrated and Shaded
Many pet parents leave their dogs in enclosed yards or dog runs while they’re at work or running errands. As long as it’s only for a short time, this is a great way to give them plenty of fresh air and a place to run and play while you’re away. However, it’s essential to make sure they have enough water and shade for the duration. Dog houses provide shade, but can also become incredibly hot inside. Opt instead for shade provided by trees or a covered porch. Give them lots of water to drink and consider placing a kiddie pool for them to soak in. Keep in mind that it’s best to avoid leaving them outdoors for too long, as this can cause heat exhaustion.
Check Surface Temperatures
Before setting out on a walk to the park or playtime in the yard, it’s a good idea to check the surface temperatures. Paved surfaces, wooden surfaces, and gravel can become extremely hot from the sun, which can burn the pads on your pup’s feet. Simply touch your hand to the pavement, and if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on. Instead, play in grassy areas or consider getting dog booties that can protect your dog’s feet (these work great in the winter, too).
Keep The House At A Cool Temperature
When the temperatures skyrocket to the high 90s, the interior of a home can be very hot, especially when there’s no A/C. Do your best to keep the house cool by using fans in most of your main rooms to generate airflow and cool it down. Blackout curtains can help insulate your home while you’re away to keep it nice and cool for your dog. Air conditioning is always good to have!
Take Them for a Swim
Living in Northern Colorado gives us plenty of access to water, which is great news for dogs who love to swim. A dip in a pond, Horsetooth Reservoir, or any number of lakes in the area is a fun way to keep your dog cool. When swimming in large bodies of water, make sure your dog has a doggie life vest to keep them safe while swimming. Avoid swimming in the Poudre River, as the strong currents can sweep your precious pup away.
Come See Our Dog Groomers!
After taking your dog swimming, they may be muddy or smell like lake water, but there’s no need to fret! Our expert dog groomers can bathe your dog to get them feeling clean and smelling fresh. Call The Dog Pawlour today to book a professional dog grooming in Greeley.