When it comes to our beloved four-legged friends, we all want to do our best for them – however, in many cases, it’s not always easy to ensure they’re staying cool and comfortable. Fortunately, though, there are numerous excellent ways you can keep your pup safe and cool this summer, and giving their toys a little extra TLC may be just the option.
Summer Dog Safety Tips for your Four-Legged Friend
If your four-legged friend has been struggling with the hot weather, the following four summer dog safety tips could be vital for keeping them comfortable. After all, none of us like being out in the heat once it becomes oppressive – and neither does your dog!
#1 Watch Out While Walking!
Many people overlook the danger of allowing your dog to walk bare-footed on black surfaces, which can be almost scalding to the touch. While your dog’s paws are likely tougher than your feet, the intense heat from hot pavements can burn away their pads, leaving them in great pain and at significant risk of infection. Instead, walking out when it’s cooler or investing in covers for your dog’s paws may help. Alternatively, take your dog for a walk somewhere grassy instead of on the pavement.
Remember: if you can’t keep your hand on the pavement for an extended period, your dog can’t either.
#2 Freeze their Pet Toys
Since our dogs can’t sweat like we – and many other mammals – do, most of their heat loss happens through panting. To help your dog cool down, why not freeze or chill their favorite soft toys to help alleviate the heat. This simple tip can go a long way towards helping keep your pet cooler in the hot weather, and with our unique fleece tug toys, it’s easier than ever.
#3 Invest in a Garden Sprinkler and Shade
A gentle garden sprinkler can be an ideal way for them to cool down, ensuring they have plenty of shaded, well-ventilated areas to rest in!
#4 Give Them a Trim!
Since dogs cannot sweat like we do, their often thick coats can represent a significant heat trap. With this in mind, if your pet has been struggling to keep cool, taking them to the groomers for a clip – or, if you have clippers and the relevant knowledge yourself, doing it at home – may help ensure that they stay cool and happy.
If you’ve been looking for ways to keep your four-legged friend cool and safe this summer, we hope today’s brief guide will have given you some ideas of where to start. Shop our line of up-cycled, soft fleece dog tug toys. They’re handmade in the USA and are great to freeze on hot summer days.
Indeed, while the summer months can be somewhat uncomfortable for our beloved pets, it doesn’t have to be impossible to deal with – and hopefully, these tips may help you keep your four-legged friend cool.