dog in swimming poolHow to Keep Your Pets Cool During the Hottest Weather

You can feel the summer heating up and we need to be proactive about not only protecting ourselves, but also pet friends when the heat climbs to “too hot.” We have some cooling tips to help with that:

BE PREPARED

• Talk to a veterinarian about warm weather risks for pets (and travel safety if you plan to travel with a pet)
• Make sure pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside
• Keep pets free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas. ticks and heart-worms

KEEP PAWFRIENDS AT HOME

• Provide different temperature zones within the house
• Never leave a pet in the car, even in the shade or with windows cracked. Cars can overheat quickly to deadly temperatures, even when the weather isn’t severe

KEEP THEM COMFORTABLE

• Remember – If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for animals. It’s important to keep your pets cool.
• Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day
• Avoid hot surfaces. such as asphalt, that can burn paw pads
• Ask the veterinarian if they would benefit from a warm-weather haircut or sunscreen

WARNING SIGNS

Ask a vet how to recognize signs of heat stress, and seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of these signs:
• Anxiousness
• Excessive panting
• Restlessness
• Excess drooling
• Unsteadiness
• Abnormal gum and tongue color
• Collapse

dog drinking waterIF YOU WANT TO HIKE OR RUN WITH YOUR PET

• Consult your veterinarian prior to starting an exercise program for your pet. Overweight pets and short-nosed dog breeds have higher risk of problems with warm­weather exercise
• Don’t walk, run or hike with a dog during the hottest parts of the day or on particularly warm days
• Take frequent breaks, and take enough water for yourself and petfriend

MAKING TREATS FOR YOUR PET

Dog pupsicles are very easy to make and can be prepared in no time to keep your pets cool. Be it anytime of the day, you can make these without any fuss and serve them to your dog. They can be eaten solely or can also be added into other food items to keep your dog hydrated.

Here are a few dog pupsicle recipes that are going to make your dog’s mouth water!

Chicken Pupsicles

If you feed chicken to your dog regularly, this is a good alternative that can be given to your pet for a change of taste. All that you need for this is some extra chicken!
Materials:

2 chicken breasts (cooked)
Water
Parsley
Procedure:

Chop the cooked chicken and divide them into 4 molds.
Take dry parsley and mix it with 2 cups of water.
Add the water mixture to the chicken containing molds.
Keep it in the deep freezer for around 8-9 hours until the mixture sets completely.
Check if it is properly done and run warm water over the mold to easily remove the pupsicle.

keep your pets coolWatermelon Pupsicles

Watermelons are highly refreshing and hydrating to keep your pets cool. Feeding watermelon pupsicles is the perfect way to fight the summer heat. It will give the pet a break from its regular food and have something delicious!

Materials:

This one’s got only one ingredient- watermelon.

Procedure:

Watermelon pupsicles are the easiest and most convenient to make! All that you need to do is cut the watermelon into big pieces and freeze them.

Additionally, you can add an edible stick to the melon to make it better for your mate. But works great both ways!

2-3 hours later, your watermelon pupsicles are ready to be served.

Peanut Butter Banana Pupsicles

Dogs love peanut butter! What else can be a healthier and tastier option than a peanut butter banana pupsicle! Not only will this pop help your dog with important nutrients but will also make it drool over how delicious it tastes.

Peanut butter helps with protein and is a good source of healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin C and niacin.

Adding banana to the pop will make it even more nutritious. Bananas provide potassium that can help aid bones.

Together, blending in both the ingredients brings out an amazing summertime treat for your fluff ball.

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter
Half banana
Water
Procedure:

Mash the banana and mix it with 1 cup of peanut butter in a bowl.
Add a little water to make a good consistency mixture.
Make spoonful scoops of the mixture and place them on a butter-papered tray.
Freeze it for around 5-6 hours and it’s ready!
Talking about the different kinds of pupsicles that can be served to your dog as a snack, it is important to take care of what you are feeding your dog on a regular basis. Giving the same kind of food everyday can make food time boring and monotonous for your pet. It is important to experiment and look at healthier alternatives so that your fellow mate remains excited and happy about food time.

We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your pets cool during the hottest weather.

If you liked this article you may be interested in our post – Dog Hydration Tips for Canine Health

Sources: AVMA.org, Petmovers.com