Stay chilled in the summer sun
by Michelle Radcliffe // July 2017
Stay chilled in the summer sun
We’ve all been enjoying the warm weather, and who doesn’t love going to the park or a beer garden with their dogs on a nice sunny day? But take care to think of your dog’s comfort. Here are some tips for avoiding overheated hounds…
Top tips for keeping your pooches cool in the rare British summer sun:
- Provide plenty of shade if you are outside with your dogs
- Walk them early in the day and later in the evening. Avoid the mid day sun and always check the heat of the pavement as this can burn their pads and make their feet very sore
- Always carry water with you for them
- There are cool coats and vests available for dogs to keep their bodies cooler.
- There are also cool mats available. These can all be very useful
- Some dogs love paddling pools to be able to relax in while they cool off or some may even enjoy looking for treats and toys in them. Dogs don’t sweat but can cool down through their pads as well as panting , having them stand in water can help lower their body temperature
- Think about providing frozen Kong’s or treats for them...Here are a few suggestions
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of peanut butter ( natural not sugar free)
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- Paper cups
- Gravy bones or other biscuits to use as a stick
- Mix together the banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt and honey.
- Empty the mixture in to the paper cups and stick a biscuit on top so it sits half way in. Place in the freezer. It should take about 24 hours to freeze.
- Once out of the freezer rip paper cup away and give your dog their yummy cool treat.
These are perfect for dogs that have to watch their waist line!
- 1 carrot chopped up
- Handful of frozen peas
- Handful of frozen sweet corn
- 1 cube of vegetable or chicken stock
- Water to make the stock
- Mix the water and stock cube up
- Place all the vegetables and the stock in a pan and simmer till cooked. Remove from the heat and allow cooling.
- Divide the mixture between small paper/plastic containers and top up with water if necessary.
- Freeze until needed. Make sure to remove the container before giving it your dog.
- You could also try filling a Kong with your dogs favourite treats, then freezing it! This helps the Kong last longer and keeps your dog cool at the same time!
We recommend walking your dogs during the cooler part of the day if it's hot, this is usually early morning and evening time. During the day they will need plenty mental stimulation to keep them entertained, here are some ideas...
Snuffle mats can be fun for hiding their food or toys inside. Dogs love to search for treats. They are cheap and fun to make for your canine companions.
Muffin Tray Game
With the muffin tray game, both sight and smell are used and will challenge your dog’s brain.
- To set up the game, place a treat in each hole of the muffin tin and then place a tennis ball on top of the treat.
- For a standard size tin, a tennis ball fits perfectly.
- The goal of the game is to encourage your dog to sniff for the treat and try to dislodge the tennis ball so he can get the treat.
Flatten one end of a cardboard roll, pour some of your dog's favourite treats inside and then flatten the other end. Your dog will love the rattling sound and try for ages to get the treats out.
Searching for treats in a ball pool can keep them entertained for hours
If your dog likes to dig then why not provide him with a sandpit. Bury toys and treats inside so that he will have hours of digging fun, without destroying your flower beds
If they enjoy swimming in the sea or paddling in rivers make sure they are safe and always rinse them off thoroughly once they are out to avoid irritating their skin
A safety note:
- Heat stroke can affect dogs as well as humans so always seek veterinary help if your dog becomes unwell. Signs can be panting, drooling and rapid heart rate and vomiting. Get them to the vet a.s.a.p.
- Never leave dogs in the car, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Temperatures rise very quickly. Leave them safe at home with exciting activities.
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