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Helping Your Dog Beat the Heat

With summertime approaching, we’re looking forward to warm weather. Just like anything else, summer has its pros and cons. Those sweltering midsummer days can be tough! Our canine friends can get hot pretty fast when the temperatures climb. In this article, a Carmel vet offers tips on helping your furry pal beat the heat.

Frozen Snacks

There are all sorts of yummy frozen snacks you can make for Fido. Here’s a simple one: mix water and low-sodium chicken broth together. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, drop doggy a treat into each slot, and freeze. Dole these goodies out to your canine pal on really hot days.

Water Sports

Why not make Fido his very own pool area? You can pick up an inexpensive child’s wading pool at dollar stores or big box stores. Many of our canine buddies also love playing in sprinklers! If you have a real pool, keep Fido safe by making sure he knows where the stairs are, so he can get out if he falls in. Before taking your pooch to a lake, make sure he knows the commands to Heel, Stay, and Come, so you can keep him close and prevent accidents.

Yard

If Fido spends a lot of time outside, make sure he has ample shade and water, and bring him inside when it’s really hot. Doghouses can also help keep canines cool. You may also want to consider installing a doggy door that works in conjunction with a special collar, so it only opens for him.

Comfy Sleep

Place a fan in a spot that will circulate the air around Fido’s bed. On really sweltering days, try putting a towel or baby blanket in the freezer, and putting that down on his bed.

Water

Always provide your furry buddy with plenty of fresh, clean, water. When it’s really sweltering out, drop an ice cube into Fido’s dish to keep his water cooler. You may also want to consider installing an automated water dispenser.

General Safety

Above all, never ever leave your canine friend in a hot car. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach deadly levels in a very short time. Also, try to walk him in the morning and evening, when it’s cooler.

Please contact us, your Carmel veterinary clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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