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7 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat

Do you enjoy summer? Or are you already longing for cooler weather? California summers are beautiful, but the hot weather can be pretty tough on our canine pals. In this article, a Riverside County, CA vet discusses keeping Fido cool this summer.

Water

First and foremost, make sure Fido always has plenty of cool, fresh water. If your pooch has water bowls outdoors, wash them daily. Poisonous toads sometimes hop into pets’ water dishes, and can quickly contaminate the water.

Frozen Treats

Who doesn’t like a cool treat on hot days? Get your canine companion some yummy doggy ice cream, which you can find in most pet stores. Or, make your pooch his own ice frozen treat. Start by mixing natural peanut butter with some ripe bananas or pureed pumpkin and a little plain yogurt. To customize your furry friend’s snack, add dog-friendly extras, like cheese, kibble, or bacon bits. Instant tail wags!

Climate Control

Limit your furry pal’s outdoor time when temperatures soar. Fido will be much more comfortable indoors, in rooms that are cooled by fans or air conditioners. Also, never leave your four-legged friend in a car unattended, even for just a few moments. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise to deadly levels in just minutes! Play it safe, and leave your pup safe and sound at home.

Walk Schedules

Avoid overexerting your furry buddy in hot weather. On sweltering days, walk and play with Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler out.

Kiddie Pool

Does your furry companion have a yard to patrol? Why not set out a little kiddie pool for him to splash around in? Sprinkler attachments can also be lots of fun for playful pups. Let Fido play on watering day!

Grooming

Brushing your dog daily will remove dead hair and dander from his coat. This will also help your canine buddy stay cooler. If Fido has thick fur, ask your vet for advice about giving him a cute summer ‘do.

Paws For Thought

Fido can get painful blisters from walking or running on hot surfaces. Keep your pet on soft ground as much as you can, and use paw balm or wax to protect those cute paws.

Please contact us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, with any questions about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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