Hot Dogs and Desheds
by Aubrey Bird
While summer may be coming to a close and kids are thinking about going back to school, it’s not fall yet and boy is it hot out there! Dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like their humans do (they sweat a small amount from their paw pads but it doesn’t significantly affect their body temperature), so their main method of cooling themselves is to pant. However, August in Florida is quite a hot place to be, and sometimes panting just isn’t enough. Here are some great tips to keep your dog cool during the hottest month of the year!
- Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.
- Brush your dog regularly to keep undercoat to a minimum, or get a deshed from a groomer.
- Whip up some homemade frozen treats using things like chicken broth or yogurt. Some recipes for homemade pup-sicles.
- Make sure your dog always has plenty of shelter from the sun, dogs with short hair can get sunburned like you!
- Get your dog a small pool to splash around in! Don’t have room for a pool? Bring your dog to Daycare at one of our resort locations and they’ll get plenty of pool time! Our Locations
- Try a “cooling dog bed”. These usually have a gel insert which helps keep pets comfortable. Example of a cooling mat