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8 Great Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat

August 15, 2016

Summertime in Texas is absolutely beautiful, but it can also be really hot. Hot weather can be tough for our canine friends: after all, Fido is wearing a fur coat! We are here to help! Below, a San Antonio, TX veterinarian offers some advice on keeping your pup cool and comfy.

Kiddie Pool

Pick up a cheap kiddie pool, and fill it with water so Fido can splash around. Many dogs also like playing in sprinklers. Pick up a hose filter, and let your canine buddy play outside when you water your yard.

Frozen Treats

Who doesn’t enjoy a cold snack on a sweltering afternoon? Buy or make your pooch some frozen treats, such as doggy ice cream or pupsicles.

Swimming

Many of our canine pals love the water. Just be sure to put Fido’s safety first: never leave your pup near the water unattended. It’s also important to make sure your furry buddy knows where the pool stairs are.

Summer ‘do

Some dogs will be much more comfortable with a summer cut. This isn’t always the case, however: breeds with thick fur may actually be better off without a haircut, as that fur helps insulate dogs from the heat. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Water

First and foremost, make sure Fido always has plenty of fresh, clean water. Wash your pup’s bowl out daily, to keep harmful bacteria from forming. On really hot days, go ahead and drop an ice cube into your furry pal’s dish to cool it off.

Summer Schedule

On really hot days, walk Fido in the morning and at night, when it’s cooler out. Avoid encouraging your dog to run and play during the hottest hours of the day: save that fun fetch session for evening.

Paw Care

Fido can easily burn his paws on hot tar or cement. Use paw balm or wax to protect his furry feet, and keep him on soft ground as much as possible.

Climate Control

Keep your dog comfy and cool indoors, in rooms with fans or A/Cs, as much as possible. If Fido has a yard to patrol, limit his outdoor time during the hottest hours. Your furry BFF may also appreciate having a fan pointed at his doggy bed.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health? Contact us, your San Antonio, TX veterinary clinic, today!

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