Keeping your pups cool this summer

Making Tails Wag Better

by Deb D’Andrea

Summer is here and I’ve seen packs of hot dogs everywhere. No not the kind you throw on the BBQ, but the furry four footed kind! To help keep your dog cool during summer months there are several things you can do. From bringing an extra gallon of cool water to pour over their backs and in their water bowls, using a kiddy pool for them to play in and enjoy with you, purchasing a white cool coat that velcros or snaps on, or even making your own tasty popsicles – a fun family thing to do.

It is also important to keep their water bowls filled with clean, cool water as dogs cannot cool themselves like we do. Their primary way of cooling is panting, which when they are extremely hot may not be enough. Keeping your pups and their water bowls in the shade is important too. And surprisingly, dogs can get sunburned, so ensuring they have plenty of shelter from the sun is essential.

There are all kinds of things you can purchase to help keep your dog cool. From vests and collars to cooling fans designed for crates and even cooling beds. I have Cool Coats for my girls as we’re out on the agility field teaching during the warm days, and Tiki with her black fur gets hot very quickly. The Cool Coat is white, light, holds some water and helps keep direct sunlight off her. Tiki wears her cool coat happily as she realizes she feels much better with it on and if you place your hand on her fur under the coat, the cool temperature is amazing.

For family fun, some people freeze up delicious Pupsicles, and depending upon what ingredients you use, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them too! Various recipes use a mixture of plain yogurt, bananas, peanut butter and honey; while others use pureed vegetables, fruit or meat which is then poured into ice cube trays or small cups. To help clean up, they can even lick the batter off!

Always remember to never leave your dog in
the car when it’s hot out. Heat stroke doesn’t take long and temperatures inside a car can rise quickly in a short amount of time. Fortunately several places allow us to bring our pups with us, but if you’re going somewhere where they can’t go, it’s better to leave them in the comfort of their cool home.

Until next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides mobile Canine Massage, PawQuatics, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her homemade dog treats are sold at local stores, and K9Birthday Cakes are available directly from her. Deb pet-sits for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or

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