5 Tips for Your Dog in Hot Weather
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Hi friends! Last week I introduced you to Frankie, the newest addition to our pet family! I’m back again with some more happy dog tips – this time involving the weather. I’m in Southern California where it was almost 100 degrees yesterday in mid-October. So the heat is still an issue here even though it’s Fall. I’m sure some of you can relate but if not, keep this in mind for next summer because it’ll be here before you know it!
Taking care of your dog in the heat doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, it can be a lot of fun! The weather can make you think outside of the box for how to have fun with your dog and do something different with them. You can definitely still enrich your dog’s appetite for life regardless of the temperature outside and I’m here to tell you how! Some of these tips could be used in the winter too if you live in a particularly cold region.
5 Tips for Your Dog in Hot Weather
- Protect those paws! You know how sometimes when you’re walking on pavement in the summer, you can feel the heat through your shoes? Yeah, dogs don’t wear shoes. Rethink your walk! Stay off of pavement and try to stay on grass or a surface that won’t get hot for your pup’s paws. Even shady concrete can get hot so check it first so you don’t burn those precious paws.
- Rethink your walk. There are other ways to bond with your dog and get them the exercise they need. Take them to a dog beach or let them go for a swim in the swimming pool. This will allow you to do something fun and new for your dog – plus who doesn’t love the beach or a pool in the summer? Your dog will love it too, trust me!
- Watch the bowl. The water bowl that is. Water evaporates QUICKLY in the heat so you want to make sure you’re keeping an eye on your pet’s water bowl/s. Provide fresh cool water multiple times a day to help your pet stay hydrated and happy in the heat. Frankie loves playing in her water bowl with her paws so it’s extra important to keep replenishing her bowl.
- Provide shelter. One of the easiest ways to protect your pup from the heat is to remove them from it. Let them inside with the air conditioning with you, have lots of shade in your yard, wet down concrete if you can (but try not to waste water!) or let them into a cool dark place like a garage.
- Play with ice. Let your dog lick ice cubes, put a few in their water bowl, or fill a kid-sized swimming pool with ice. Huskies love this, especially since they have a double coat and are made for cold weather. Ice is a great way to help keep your pup cool and you can use it in so many ways!
As you can see, this dog loves her pool. She’s a huge fan of playing in it, keeping her paws cool, and splashing it about. Oh yeah, and then jumping on you after, ha! I like to think of the pool at a Mexican Life Hack – it’s an easy and cheap way to repurpose your child’s old pool or a brand new one. Besides, your dog is one of your children anyway, right? 😉 What other Mexican Life Hacks can you think of?
Speaking of life hacks, we use Beneful Originals for Frankie (and Big Boy and Chico too) because it features meat as the first ingredient and there’s no added sugar in Beneful’s new formula. I know I’m feeding my growing dog food that will keep up with her and provide the necessary nutrients. Frankie is less than two years old and she has this amazing appetite for life. She’s adventurous and loves to give hugs – an incredibly loving companion.
I was able to find both Beneful Originals with Real Beef and Beneful Originals with Real Chicken at my local Target in the dog food aisle. It’s also an excellent place to pick up a kid-sized pool or if it’s cold in your area, consider a dog sweater. 😉