Summer is here! Many of our canine pals are focused on staying cool these days. Arizona summers can be scorchers! This can be a dangerous time of year for Man’s Best Friend. Panting cools him off a bit, but isn’t enough to keep him from overheating. A Mesa, AZ veterinarian discusses keeping Fido cool in this article.

Water

Fido should always have access to fresh water. If you have a yard, more than one dog, and/or a large house, set out multiple water stations. Clean the bowls daily, as otherwise they’ll get contaminated by dust, bugs, germs, and possibly even poisonous toads!

Shade

Just like us, dogs are more comfortable in rooms cooled by fans or AC. Keep Fido nice and comfy indoors as much as possible!

Schedule

Keep Fido indoors during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with him in the mornings and evenings. Just bear in mind that the pavement can stay hot for a while after the sun goes down. Play it safe, and keep your furry pal on soft surfaces as much as you can.

Cold Treats

Want to score some extra tail wags? Buy or make Fido some doggy ice cream! Just be sure to stick with pet-safe ingredients.

Cool Bed

A good bed is one of life’s greatest luxuries, as far as Fido is concerned. (We’re inclined to agree.) You can help keep your canine companion’s bed cooler by adding a cooling pack, or even a frozen towel. Another option is to aim a fan at or over it. Just make sure your pooch can’t knock it over!

Brushing

Your furry bff will be both cooler and more comfortable if his coat is free of dust, dirt, and dander. Brush your pup regularly!

Cooling Tricks

There are a few other things you can do to help your pet stay cool. On really hot days, soak a bandana with cold water and tie it around Fido’s neck. You can also get him a cooling vest. There are different types of these. Some you soak with water, while others should be kept in the freezer. The key thing is to pick one that is the right size for your pooch, and not uncomfortable for him.

As your Mesa, AZ vet clinic, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about keeping your dog happy and healthy. Contact us today!