Cooling Down Your Canine: Natural ways to help your dog beat the summer heat

by on September 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

There are plenty of do’s and don’ts of dog safety that you are probably familiar with: do make sure you leave your air conditioner on and don’t leave him/her outside too long during the summer months. While these great tips should always be followed, there are times in the summer when family outings take you away from the home and modern conveniences like A/C. Below are some ways to cool down your furry friend, wherever you go!

This is a great time of year to go on camping; however, you have to keep in mind your dog is covered in fur and it doesn’t take long for him or her to get hot, even at a campground. At your camp, cool Fido down with a nice cool “bath”.

Set up a kiddie pool, fill it up half way, and encourage your pet to lie in the cool water. While this can be used as a pet paradise alone, you can also use it to your advantage if you want to give your dog a bath. Make sure you use cool water; pets don’t need such warm water like we do.

Does your pet hate being submerged in water? Have no fear if there’s an ice chest near. Instead of putting Fido in a pool of water, try freezing one gallon jugs of water and when your pet gets hot, place him outside in the shade and let him cool down next to them. Also, this is a perfect way to make sure your pet has cool water to drink when the ice starts to melt.

Even on the long hot summer days, you still need to exercise, but what about sensitive paws on hot pavement? Just like humans, when puppy paws walk on burning hot pavement, they walk away feeling sore. Try to avoid walking Fido on pavement by allowing him to walk in the grass while you walk or jog on the road. Then again, if you do have to deal with sore paws, give him or her St. John’s Wort, which is completely safe for dogs and has soothing properties for sore pads!

PawPawconditions & protects paws and pads.

Sunburns are another issue that dogs contend with, especially dogs with a short, fine or light coat. The most prominent spot for Fido to get sunburn in on the ridge of the nose; you can remedy this burn by using oatmeal or cool yogurt, both will soothe the burn naturally. Also, try chamomile tea on burns. Boil chamomile teabags and let them cool. When they become cool enough, using a cotton ball, apply the cool tea to your pet’s skin for soothing relief.

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