Summer Heat Safety Tips
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Keep your dog cool in the heat

Dogs can only rid their body of heat while panting. They do not have sweat glands - as humans do - except for a few on their feet. Panting alone is not enough when the temperature soars.

We have a few recommendations for you and your family to help your dog have a happy and healthy summer:

  • Make sure you provide plenty of water. For an outside dog, an automatic dog waterer or a Handi-Drink Pet Water Bottle is the perfect way to provide clean fresh water.

  • Never leave your dog in the car - even for a few minutes - in the heat. Just a few short minutes in these conditions can lead to irreversible organ damage or death.

  • Protect your pet from the damaging rays of the sun. If you have a white, or lighter colored dog, areas of the body (tops of ears and nose) can sunburn. Applying a pet specific sunscreen may help prevent sunburn.

  • Watch out for heatstroke. If you do vigorous exercise with your dog, make sure you exercise in the cooler hours of the morning or evening.

  • Better yet, go swimming with your dog! Play fetch with a water toy, such as the Aqua KONG or Floatable Disc. This way both of you can keep cool!

  • If your pet is outside during the day, consider investing in a Cooling Bed such as the Coolin' Pet Padâ„¢.

  • For an extra-special summer treat, give your pooch a Arctic Freeze Chew Toy right out of the freezer.
Fortunately, many pet product manufacturers know how difficult it can be to keep a pet cool in summer and now make products to help pet owners.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection

My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection

Handi-Drink Pet Water Bottles

Handi-Drink Pet Water Bottles

K&H Cool Beds

K&H Cool Beds

Arctic Freeze Chew Toys

Arctic Freeze Chew Toys