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Doggone Hot! Keeping Your Pawsome Pooch Cool and Happy This Summer

Published June 9, 2023
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The summer sun sizzles and the pavement turns into a frying pan. It’s time to talk about our furry friends’ favorite season: summer! While dogs adore outdoor adventures, it’s crucial to keep them cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer. So, grab a popsicle and let’s dive into some wag-worthy tips to ensure your four-legged friend stays cool, calm, and collected.

Sunscreen, Not Just for Beach Bums

Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned too! Especially those with light-colored fur or thin coats. So, if your pooch loves to soak up the rays, grab a dog-friendly sunscreen and slather it on their sensitive areas like the nose, ears, and belly. And don’t worry, it won’t give them any weird tan lines!

Beat the Heat with a Stylish ‘Do

Who says your furry buddy can’t rock a fashionable summer haircut? Consult a professional groomer to give your pup a trim that’s both trendy and functional. Just remember to leave enough fur for protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Your pup will be strutting their stuff at the dog park like a true fashionista!

Hydration Station

It’s time to set up a pool party for your pooch! Keep those water bowls filled with cool and fresh water throughout the day. To add a touch of luxury, freeze some low-sodium chicken broth or dog-friendly fruits and veggies into ice cubes. Your dog will think they’ve hit the jackpot when they get to chase ice cubes around the yard!

Out and About? “Pawtect” Those Paws

Imagine walking barefoot on a scorching hot sidewalk—it’s not a pleasant thought, is it? The same goes for your furry friend. Pavement and sand can reach sizzling temperatures that can burn your pup’s paws. Invest in some doggie booties or opt for early morning or late evening walks when the ground is cooler. Your pup will thank you for their trendy footwear!

Chillax Zone

Every dog needs a cool place to relax when the sun becomes unbearable. Create a doggie oasis by providing a shady spot in the yard or investing in a dog-friendly fan. You could even fill a kiddie pool with some refreshing water for them to dip their paws in. Just be prepared for some soggy fun!

Ice Cream Dreams

Who doesn’t love a cold treat on a hot day? Well, your pup certainly does! Whip up some homemade dog-friendly ice cream using ingredients like plain yogurt, mashed bananas, and peanut butter. Not only will it cool them down, but it will also earn you some extra cuddles and tail wags!

As the temperature rises, it’s essential to keep a watchful eye on our furry companions. By following these tips, you’ll help keep your dog cool, safe, and happy during the summer months. Remember, a hydrated, well-protected, and happy pup is one who can enjoy all the joys of summer without breaking a sweat. So go ahead and have a howling good time together!

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