Hi , dudes, it’s me , Jack! Today I wanted to take a few minutes out of my busy day to share with you how I beat the heat this summer. So far, it’s been a warm one here in Cali with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Luckily for you, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help your furry friend stay cool this summer.
- Being in a Car is Not Cool- NEVER should your furry friend be left in a car. I repeat never. Even if it is a cool 70 degrees outside, it can feel like a warm 90 degrees in a car. This can be extremely dangerous causing illness, heat stroke and in worse cases, death.
- Being Outside- If your furry pal has to stay outside, make sure they have enough shade and fresh water throughout the day. It’s important for us to stay hydrated during those long summer days. Just like you, we like to stay cool so from time to time let us hang out inside to cool off or take us to the beach! That’s my favorite place to cool off.
- Watch When You Exercise- Limit your pet’s exercise when it's hot and humid. Try to take walks early in the morning or late at night when it’s a few degrees cooler. Be sure to have enough water for you and for us!
- Check the Pavement- Before you go outside with your furry friend check the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand then it is too hot for our paws. Try to keep us on the grass and away from the pavement.
- Make “Cool” Treats- We love treats! Help us stay cool from the inside out by freezing one of our chew toys or my personal favorite, putting a dog treat in a cube of ice. Love how refreshing that is.
- Keep us Lookin’ Good- Be sure to take us to the groomer to help keep our fur-free from mats and tangles. That will keep us cool!
- Take us to the Doc- This is my least favorite but make sure we visit the vet! We need to stay up to date with our shots because viruses like to spread more in warmer weather.
Make sure you dudes watch for signs of overheating. We can't tell you when we don’t feel well, so keep an eye out for heatstroke, which can have these symptoms, heavy panting, heavy drooling, trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, dark or red gums and tongue, dizziness, weakness, and agitation. If you see any signs, get us to the vet right away. I hope my tips and tricks will help your furry friend stay cool this summer! See you out in the waves, later dudes!