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Keeping Your Pup Cool: The Best Ways to Beat the Summer Heat!

Massachusetts and New England are currently going through a heat wave, which means it’s important for pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their furry friends stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer days! Dogs can easily overheat and suffer from heat exhaustion, so it’s crucial to be proactive in keeping them cool. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to help your pup beat the summer heat and stay safe and healthy all season long!

1. Provide Plenty of Fresh Water

Just like humans, dogs need access to plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated and cool. Make sure your pup always has a full bowl of water available, especially when spending time outdoors. Consider adding ice cubes or frozen treats to their water bowl to keep it extra refreshing and cool.

2. Create Shady Spots

When spending time outside with your dog, make sure there are plenty of shady spots where they can escape the sun’s rays. Set up umbrellas or canopies in your yard, or bring along a portable shade tent when going for walks or hikes. Providing a cool spot for your pup to relax in is essential for preventing overheating.

3. Limit Exercise During Peak Hours

The hottest part of the day is typically between 10am and 4pm, so try to limit outdoor exercise during these peak hours. Instead, opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. If you do need to go out during the day, stick to shaded areas and bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.

4. Use Cooling Products

There are a variety of cooling products available specifically designed for pets, such as cooling mats, bandanas, vests, and even toys. These products work by helping regulate your dog’s body temperature and provide relief from the heat. Invest in a few cooling items for your pup to help them stay comfortable on hot days. Just a reminder that these products are never a replacement for cool water or a rest in the shade!

5. Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

One of the most dangerous things you can do is leave your dog in a parked car during hot weather. Even with windows cracked open, temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket and become deadly for pets. If you need to run errands or go somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs, it’s best to leave them at home where they are safe and cool.

As responsible pet owners, it’s our duty to ensure our furry companions have everything they need to stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. By following these tips and being proactive about keeping your dog cool, you can help prevent heat-related illnesses and keep them safe all season long. Remember that every dog is different, so pay attention to their individual needs and adjust accordingly. With a little extra care and attention, you can enjoy all the fun activities summer has to offer while keeping your pup happy and healthy.

As always, here at East Springfield Animal Hospital we are always happy to answer any questions you might have about caring for your dog and tips on keeping them safe.

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