Australian summers can be long and hot, especially for man’s best friend. Imagine living through summer in your warm winter coat, it would be unbearable. It’s a good idea to think about how you can keep your pet cool over the hot summer months too. We all love to swim in the pool, sip a drink under the umbrella and enjoy watching sport in the comfort of an air conditioned house, and so does your dog.
But dogs are more prone to overheating because they have heavy coats and can’t sweat. Some breeds don’t have an off switch and will play fetch all day in the sun.
Here are some pointers to help keep your pooch from overheating this summer:
- Set up fresh water bowls around the property in shady areas. Change them daily and try to make them steel, not plastic.
- Set up a paddle pool, you can buy them at Bunnings or Homehardware. This is the single best way for your dog to cool off.
- Don’t ever leave your pet in a vehicle because the temperature level inside can shoot up rapidly to deadly temperature levels – just 2 minutes is all it takes.
- Freeze some water bottles, cover them in a towel and position them near their beds
- Make some frozen treats (you can use lots of meals things such as dog food, stock, leftovers and just freeze them in any old container).
- Hang some damp towels to develop a basic air cooling unit.
- Dog beds that are raised off the ground promote airflow – these are great.
- Use outdoor ceiling fans to keep the pets cool too.
- Try not to go for walks in the hottest part of the day, 10 – 4pm
These tips should help you and your pet have a happy and safe summer together. If you head away on holiday, be sure to choose a safe and secure place for your dog to stay while you’re on vacation. http://smileypets.com.au/sydney/ has a range of options for pets of all shapes and sizes.