Summer is here again and with the heat comes hot and uncomfortable pets. Now’s the perfect time to find ways to help your furry friend keep cool. Below are ten cheap and effective tips and tricks that you can use to accomplish this.
Water– Starting with the obvious, fresh water, I mean who doesn’t like having a cool refreshing drink on a summer day?! Keep your pet’s water sources fresh and topped up. To add a little extra cooling, place some ice cubes in as well.
Shade– Make sure your pet has access to shade or a well ventilated room if indoors, as simple it sounds some people still neglect to attends to the most basic of comforts.
Cotton Bandana– when my dog is outside enjoying the hot weather I always soak a bandana in water before letting her out. This will provide up to 8 hours of cooling per soak by pulling heat away from the neck as the water evaporates.
Fan– This speaks for itself and doesn’t need explaining, get a fan for your pet or let them share yours!
Cooling mat– These can be bought for relatively cheap or if that’s too much you can make your own by sewing two hand towels together on three sides then placing (and replacing) zip locked bags filled with frozen peas inside.
Dog safe iced treats– There are a lot of different human foods your dog can’t eat, however there are also a lot they can. One such treat I’ve recently discovered is Pineapple Coconut lollies. Just purchase pure coconut water and pineapple juice, mix 50/50 equal quantities and pour into either lolly moulds or ice cube trays for a tasty treat. **Make sure the juice you buy is 100% pure no added sugar**
Doggy paddling pool-If you’re lucky enough to have a yard then how about a pool for your pooch, paddling pools can be purchased for a reasonable price depending on the size or failing that you could make one, All you need is four pieces of 2×4 wood (or whatever size you’d prefer) and some tarpaulin, space out the frame and lay the tarp inside. Fold the excess back under the wooden frame on the outside. Once in place inspect for any holes (and tape where appropriate) then fill with water, hey presto. One home made cooling station.
Adjust exercise routine-If it’s too hot for you to walk your dog then adjust your routine. Go earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the day’s heat isn’t at its peak, if you’re unable to do this, play inside or with a hose outside. Your dog will love that you want to play while keeping cool at the same time.
Paw balm– Hot weather can cause your cat or dog to get dry/cracked paws, cracked feet sounds just as bad as it feels so protect those paws!
Paw Wax Ingredients
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive , sunflower, or sweet almond oil
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) Coconut oil
- 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) Shea butter
- 4 tsp Beeswax
How to make Paw Wax
- In a small pot melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax over a low heat. Stir continuously until well mixed.
- Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or tins.
- Let them cool until hard.
- Use within 1-2 years
How To Use
This paw wax balm should be applied liberally, or as needed for prevention or treatment.
Last but certainly not least, Never EVER leave your pet in a car or in direct sun on a summer day. If you must go out then leave your pet at home. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more within minutes and can be fatal to a pet within 10 minutes or less.