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Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer: Essential Tips for Dog Owners

dog splashing in pool keeping cool in the summer heat

Summer is here, and while it's the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry friend, the scorching heat can be tough on dogs. Just like us, dogs can suffer from overheating and dehydration. To ensure your pup stays cool and comfortable, here are some essential tips and tricks to help you beat the heat together!

Hydration is Key!

Keep the Water Flowing

One of the most important things to remember during summer is to keep your dog hydrated. Make sure your pup has access to fresh, clean water at all times.

Consider placing multiple water bowls around your home and yard to encourage frequent drinking. For outdoor adventures, bring along a portable water bottle and collapsible bowl so your dog can stay hydrated on the go.

Add Some Ice

On particularly hot days, add ice cubes to your dog's water bowl. Not only does it help keep the water cool, but some dogs also enjoy playing with and chewing on the ice cubes, providing both hydration and entertainment.

Create Cool Zones

Shade is Your Best Friend

Whether you're in your backyard or at the park, always ensure there's a shady spot where your dog can escape the sun. Trees, umbrellas, and canopies are great for creating shaded areas. If shade is limited, consider bringing a portable, pop-up tent designed for dogs.

Indoor Cool Spots

Inside the house, create a cool spot for your dog by placing their bed in an air-conditioned room or using a cooling mat. These mats are designed to help regulate your dog's body temperature and can be a lifesaver during heatwaves.

Exercise Wisely

Timing is Everything

Avoid walking your dog during the peak heat of the day, which is typically between 3-6pm in the summer months. Instead, opt for early morning or late evening walks when the temperatures are cooler. Asphalt and concrete can get incredibly hot and can burn your dog's paws. If you must walk during the day, stick to grassy areas or invest in protective booties.

Short and Sweet

Keep exercise sessions short and sweet during hot weather. Overexertion can lead to heatstroke, which is a serious condition for dogs. Pay attention to signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, or lethargy, and take breaks as needed.

Keep Those Paws Protected

Dog Paw Balm with Beeswax and Honey

Mutt Fresh Dog Care's handmade dog paw balm is a must-have for summer. Made with natural beeswax and honey, it creates a protective barrier on your dog's paw pads, shielding them from the hot ground. Apply the balm before heading out for a walk to keep those paws soft, hydrated, and protected. Plus, the honey helps to heal any minor cuts or abrasions, making it an essential part of your summer toolkit!

soothing dog nose and paw balm to protect from the summer heat

Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Splash Time!

Dogs love water, and a good splash can help them cool down quickly. Set up a kiddie pool in your yard and let your dog play and splash around. If you don't have a pool, a simple garden hose or sprinkler can do the trick. Just make sure the water isn't too cold to avoid shocking your dog's system.

Make It a Beach or Lake Day

If you live near a dog-friendly beach or lake, take your pup for a swim! Swimming is a fantastic way for dogs to stay cool and get some exercise. Just be sure to bring fresh water, snacks and something for some shade for both you and your fur baby.

DIY Frozen Treats

Treat your dog to some homemade frozen goodies. You can make simple frozen treats by blending dog-safe fruits like bananas, watermelon, and blueberries with a bit of water or yogurt, then freezing the mixture in ice cube trays. Your pup will love these refreshing snacks, and they can help keep them cool from the inside out.

Grooming Tips

Regular Brushing

Regular brushing helps remove excess fur and prevents matting, which can trap heat. For double-coated breeds, consult with your groomer on the best practices, as shaving their coat might not always be beneficial and can sometimes lead to overheating.

Keep it Trimmed

While you might be tempted to shave your dog's coat during the summer, it's often better to trim it. A well-trimmed coat can help with air circulation and provide some insulation against the heat and protect from sun burn.

Be Weather Aware

Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious risk during hot weather. Symptoms include heavy panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and confusion. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool area immediately, offer water, and contact your vet right away. And remember - never leave your pup in the car unattended. Your car

Keep an Eye on the Forecast

Stay informed about the weather forecast and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. On extremely hot days, it's best to keep your dog indoors as much as possible and limit outdoor time to short, supervised breaks.

Never Leave Your Dog a Car Unattended

One of the most important rules for dog owners during summer is to never leave your dog in the car unattended. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes. On a warm day, the temperature inside a car can reach over 100°F (38°C) within just 10 minutes, even if it's only 75°F (24°C) outside.


Keeping your dog cool during the summer is essential for their health and happiness. With these tips, you can ensure your furry friend enjoys the summer safely. Remember - hydration and shade are extremely important. Stay cool and have a pawsome summer!

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