Well..... I don't know about you but I've certainly noticed how hot this summer has been! I could literally feel the soles of my shoes form a close personal bond with the melting pavement as I picked up some supplies from Pet Barn today. Like, I know we need the sun and all but damn, can he just chill out a lil' bit?
Luckily for us we have some options when it comes to beating the heat during these crazy Brisbane summers. Be it taking an extra long cold shower, cranking up the air-conditioning, going for a swim in our pool or going for a swim in our neighbors pool while they're at work, we're pretty flush with options I would say!
But our furry friends often don't find it as easy during this time. Dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, so it's essential to take necessary precautions to keep them cool and comfortable. Here are some tips to ensure you furry best friend is kept cool, healthy and happy this Summer.
1. CHECK YOUR BOWL
It's a no-brainer but it's important to make sure your dog always has access to fresh clean water at all time. Ensure it is regularly cleaned and that you invest in one that's large and sturdy to prevent any stray paws tipping them over. Most pet stores also sell portable water bottles for dogs which is a great idea to slip in your bag when your out on adventures with Fido.
2. GIVE THEM A BREATHER
Our dogs love days out with their hoomans but be sure to take regular breaks in the shade to give them a chance to cool down and have a drink. You can also bring a small misting bottle to cool them off. Don't worry though, I promise it won't look like you're having a very one sided water fight with your dog.
3. BEAT THE HEAT
I know your dog will never forgive you if they don't get their daily walkies, but I promise they'll be just as content curling up on the couch with you during the hottest parts of the day. The hottest parts of the day in Brisbane is usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm so it's best to try and plan your activities in the early morning (that's a nope from me!) or the evenings when the temperature is cooler. Especially to protect those poor paws from the burning concrete!
4. NOTHING SHADY ABOUT SHADE
Many of us have inside dogs but there's no denying they love to be outdoors. Make sure they have plenty of shade out of the sun when they're outside guarding their square patch of turf territory. This can be anything from a canopy, dog house, covered verandah or even a shady tree.
5. PLAY IT COOL
Ever noticed how your dog often prefers to lay on the hard tiles instead of the ultra expensive luxury dog bed that took you two and a half pay checks to pay for? Well as frustrating as that is, it's because tiles and hard wood floors are a much better conductor of heat than carpet or fabric so they help keep your pet cool. Another great option is a cooling mat that's designed to lower your pets body temperature and is available from all good pet stores.
6. CHILL OUT MAN
As much as they may hate you during it, there's no better way to cool down your dog than with a nice cool bath. Make sure to only use dog specific shampoos and conditioners and rinse them thoroughly to avoid skin irritation. If you just can't manage to drag them into the tub however, another option they're sure to love is to take them for a swim in your pool, local dog park or the beach. What the difference between a bath and a swim is, I'll never know but they sure do...
7. KNOW THE SIGNS
Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion in your dog, such as heavy panting, lethargy, and vomiting. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cooler place, provide water, and seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Being great members of the Brisbane fur family, I'm sure you're well aware of all of these points but hopefully you found a little nugget of information in there that was helpful! Remember to always prioritize your dog's safety and well-being and seek veterinary attention if you have any concerns.
If I've missed anything or you have any great tips, let me know below! I'd love to hear them! Anyway, that's all from me for now. Stay cool out there!