How to keep your dog cool this summer

Maintain your cool

It’s hard to stay cool with the sun beating down your brow or muzzle. Keep your pets cool by making sure they have a shady place to stay anytime they are outside. Most important, is to keep your dog well-watered. Make sure that your beloved pet has access to fresh, clean, and cool water at all times. If it’s extra hot, consider stocking your pet’s water bowl with ice cubes. He’ll be living the high life and staying cool all summer long thanks to you.

No Parking, Please

Never leave your pet in a parked car. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting milk or just picking up a prescription. As with babies, leaving an animal in the car is extremely dangerous and even fatal. Leaving a living creature in a metal box with lots of windows results in something called the greenhouse effect, which will make the inside of your car much hotter than it is outside. To keep your pet safe, either shop at a pet friendly store or leave them at home!

Pool time

While it’s not always convenient or safe to bring your dog to the beach (especially since we live in Arizona), it’s sometimes nice to cool down in other ways. You can let your dog into the pool if he’s a skilled swimmer, just remember to rinse off any salt or chlorine water. No pool? How about a nice romp in a clean kiddie pool around noon.

Get a trim

A good haircut usually solves life’s problems, and it can definitely help your pet keep cool this summer. At the very least, keeping your cat or dog brushed, well-groomed, and free of any excess fur will do wonders for his or her summer.

Exercise intelligently

While exercise is important for both pets and their caretakers, it’s usually best when kept to the early hours of the morning and later in the night. This keeps your pets healthy as well as cool. Never force your pet to go for a walk in the heat, especially on asphalt where he can burn his paws, and always make sure to provide plenty of water before, during, and after a run.

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