|Keeping Cool in the Pool!|
Baby, it's hot outside! Many areas of the country are seeing extreme heat conditions this summer, and weather forecasters are predicting dangerously high heat indexes of 101 to even possibly 107℉ spreading from the central United States and moving toward our Northeast area this weekend. And if it's hot for us, just imagine how it is for our dogs! Having "snowdogs," you can just imagine how unhappy they are in extreme heat. It's also important to exercise dogs early in the early mornings and late evenings to avoid the sun and heat, be careful of hot surfaces including cement, blacktop, and sand, and be aware of symptoms of possible heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
I've had several readers request that I recap ways I keep my FiveSibes cool, so today I'll be talking about how to help not just Siberian Huskies, but all dogs, beat the heat!
Help Dogs Beat the Heat:
1. COOLING COLLARS
There are two types that we use. The beautiful handmade ones by Calming Collars (they make cooling and calming collars in a variety of fabric colors and designs) as modeled by my now furangel Gibson. You simply wet the collar, put it in a ziploc bag, and freeze! Then place around your dog's neck to help them cool down on a hot day. With Gibson being an Epi-dog and a wooly Husky, this was a staple in my warm-weather care for him. You can check out my full review on the product HERE.
The other type we use are ones that have an ice pack that slips inside of a canvas collar. You can purchase those through our Amazon affiliate links, Large is below, and other sizes are posted at the end of this post. Either way, your dog will thank you!
2. COOLER BED/MATS
3. FRESH, COOL WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES
In conjunction with July being PetSafe's National Pet Hydration Month, this sounds like an obvious thing, but outdoor dishes of water can heat up very fast. Be sure they are out of the sun and refreshed often. Not sure? Reach in and test it! And be careful with glass bowls as they can not only heat up to the point of breaking, but the sun's rays can also filter through and cause a fire if located on a wooden deck. (See my pet fire safety infographic HERE). Indoor bowls can also warm up or become "mucky" with dribbles of dog food, treats, and saliva, so be sure to clean and freshen often.
4. SPLISH SPLASH! KIDDIE POOLS, SPRINKLERS, AND MISTING, OH BOY!
What can I say? There's nothing better than a cool pool to chill those paw pads, blow bubbles under water in, and splash around to beat the summer heat! Also for some cool summer fun, spraying a dog with the hose set on the gentle (and quiet) "mist" setting, or having an oscillating mister fan, will not only cool off your dog, but take down the surrounding temperature, too! And let's not forget the old style of fun by letting your dog run through a lawn sprinkler!
5. OCEANS, RIVERS, LAKES & STREAMS
Visiting dog-friendly parks with ponds, also lakes, rivers, and beaches can be a great way to help your dog cool down in the hot weather. Just beware of hot sand, sharp cowheads (seed pods of the water chestnut found in many locations along rivers), and things that could hurt their paws on the way to the water and in the water.
6. LET THEM SNOOZE IN THE COOL
Turn on the A/C and fans and let them snooze comfortably and/or play some indoor games out of the sun and heat.
8. NOMS, GIVE ME SOMETHING COOL TO EAT!
9. BEING SHADY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If they have to be outside, or if you are at an outdoor summer event with your dog, please be sure they have lots of shade, fresh cool water to drink, and a kiddie pool to chill out in. An oscillating fan (with cords well out of reach of the dog for their safety) helps move the air and if you can get a misting oscillating fan that hooks up to a hose, you can not only cool off your dog, but the outside area temperature as well! Not at home? For those camping trips, hikes, or visits to friends and family, take a long a portable hand-held misting fan to help cool your furpal off, and periodically dip their paw pads into a pan of cool water to help keep them cool and comfy.
10. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CAR ON A WARM OR HOT DAY!
Please! I can't emphasize this enough! And while you may think leaving the vehicle run with the A/C on while you zip into the store, there have been reports of malfunctions where the air conditioner stops working for the car turns off, and it becomes an instant sauna for pets. Leave your pets home on those hot days where they are safe.
As promised above, some of our affiliate links to other sizes of the Kool Collars:
And we're also joining in the "Summer" Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!