Whoa it’s hot outside! We get lots of fantastic weather living in beautiful Queensland, but in the middle of summer it sure is HOT. And just like you get uncomfortable in the heat, so does your dog. Except they are covered in fur!
Here’s a few ideas on how to stay cool this summer.
1. Early/Late Walkies
With the searing QLD sun, road and walking path temperatures can be in excess of 50°C. So make sure you only exercise with your dog in the early morning or evening - definitely not the middle of the day!
A good rule of thumb: if you can’t walk barefoot outside, neither can your dog.
2. Stay Hydrated!
Make sure you always have fresh water available. On especially hot days you can even put ice cubes in the water to cool it down.
Dogs can’t sweat - they cool off by panting - so if they are drooling a lot, looking especially lethargic or getting red eyes, they are getting dehydrated. Put them in the air-conditioning with you STAT!
3. Don't leave me in the car!
You car can be like an oven in the sun. Even if you leave the windows down, the temperature can quickly soar and cause your dog extreme discomfort or even death.
Never leave your dog in the car for any length of time, and always park in the shade when you can.
4. Go swimming
Lots of dogs love going for a swim, and it’s a great way to cool down. We’re lucky in Brisbane with lots of parks and creeks around, which Nelly takes full advantage of (every day!).
We let her swim in the local Kedron Brook, which not only cools her down but also lets her burn off excess energy without being in the heat of the day. And she never smells, but that could be her amazing food! 😉
5. Make icy treats!
There are lots of ways you can make cooling treats for your dog. Frozen carrots or chicken hearts can be great, or you can freeze a bone in a block of ice.
I demonstrate in the video below.
If your dog is overheating, remember they cool from the bottom up. Wet their feet and chest first, and keep them calm while they cool down. Stay cool folks!