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We’re pretty sure if we asked our dogs what their favorite time of year is, they’d say summer. After all, summer is car windows down, jumping in pools, taking longer walks, sprinklers, and bunnies to chase season! But even though your pup might be loving the outdoors, it’s important to closely monitor them for possible overheating. If your dogs are anything like our Beamer, they just might not know when to stop and take a break before it’s too late.

First, familiarize yourself with the signs of heatstroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Labored breathing
  • Color change in gums (either very red or very pale)
  • Bright red tongue
  • Agitation/restlessness

If you see your dog have any of these symptoms, get them inside and call a vet as soon as possible.

Always keep an eye on your dog! While this goes without saying, it’s especially important to remember during extreme weather conditions. Outdoors time should be limited but not taken away completely. While you should be cautious about keeping your dog out for long periods of time, that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to let them out at all! It’s important to their quality of life to allow as much outdoors time as possible without risking their health. If you have things to do in the yard–especially if it involves a sprinkler–or just want to enjoy the sun for a bit, let your dog join you for a little!

Dogs are pretty good about trusting their instincts, which means they’ll typically find a spot to sit that’s nice and cool. However, if your pup insists on following you–which is sort of the opposite of a problem!–encourage them to hang out in the shade by placing their favorite chew or toy under a tree. You should also make sure you have fresh water readily available at all times.

Sometimes natural shade doesn’t quite do the trick, especially if you have bigger dogs with heavier coats, so it’s a good idea to pick up something to help regulate your pup’s temperature.

The Coolaid Cooling Bandana (right) is one of our favorite summertime products because it’s so simple, effective, and easy to use on the go. Did you just set up the perfect picnic spot only to realize it’s a little hotter than you thought? Did the sun come out on the beach when it was supposed to be partly cloudy? Grab your cooling bandana! Here’s how it works: wet it, wring it, shake it, tie it! You can use any water you have on hand, even if it’s warm from sitting in the sun. Get the bandana thoroughly soaked, then wring the excess water and shake it to activate–like how you’d shake out a sheet or rug. Tie it around your dog’s neck with the long side covering their chest, and that’s it! The Coolaid Bandana will lower your pup’s surface temperature by 30% and comes in three different sizes. Get your own in-store or order online!

The Cool Pet Pad (left) is another amazing solution to beating the heat. It’s filled with a special, non-toxic gel that creates a cooling effect when activated by your pet’s weight. The future is now, folks! It stays cool for up to three hours and only requires a fifteen minute recharge period so your dog can stay chill even when it’s hot! We’ve got plenty at our stores with your dog’s name on it so you can see how cool this product is, yourself!

There is one important thing to keep in mind when it comes to summer days. These cooling products work amazingly when they’re used in open spaces outdoors, and indoors. However, there is no cooling product in the world that will keep your dog, cat, child, or any other living being safe in a hot car…even if the windows are cracked. 

Looking for more hot tips to keep your pets cool? Check back often or visit a Two Bostons near you!

 

 

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