Welcome back to The Dog Pawlour blog! It’s hard to believe summer is already here, which means many pet parents here in Greeley will be spending a lot more time outdoors. While summertime is a great time to explore all that our beautiful state has to offer, the scorching temperatures can be ruff — especially for our four-legged friends. Whether you’re taking them to play at the park, taking them for a walk, heading out on a road trip, or even just lounging around the house, the heat can be very hard on your dog. So as you embark on your summer adventures, you’ll want to keep your precious pup cool and comfortable. Doing so can maintain their health and energy while keeping them safe and happy. Below are some useful tips for you to consider to keep your dog cool all summer long. Be sure to give us a call if you’d like to book your pup for dog grooming in Greeley!

Exercise During Cooler Hours of the Day

Taking your dog on walks or on jaunts to the park is always a fun way for them to get the exercise they need. But in the summers it can be harder on their bodies when it’s hot outside. It’s essential that they get a good amount of exercise year-round, so when taking them on walks or to play outside, try to do so when the temperatures are cooler. Keep in mind that peak sunlight hours are between 10 am and 4 pm, so it’s best to avoid playtime between these times. Early morning walks and evening strolls to the park can keep you and your pup from overheating.

Bring a Water Bottle On Walks

Always, always, always pack plenty of water for your dog (and yourself) when going on walks or hikes. Even if you’re only walking a short distance, your dog’s internal temperature can skyrocket as a result of physical activity combined with hot outdoor temperatures. Giving them drinks of water during a walk will help maintain their body temperature and gives them a refreshing burst of hydration to fuel them as you go.

 

 

Avoid Leaving Them In Hot Vehicles

One of the most effective ways to keep your dog cool and safe this summer is to avoid leaving them in hot cars. The temperature in a vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 minutes, which is why hundreds of dogs die each year from being left in hot cars. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, never leave your dog alone a vehicle. Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to learn more about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles, and to access a helpful chart that illustrates elapsed times, outside temperatures, and how these affect internal vehicle temperatures.

Cool Off At the Dog Groomers

Bring your furry friend in to see your local dog groomers! Our comfortable pet grooming facility is temperature-controlled and we can give them a bath in lukewarm water to cool them off. Our dog groomers can give them a professional trim to reduce excess hair and reduce shedding, which can help keep them cool during the summer. If you’d rather use our self-service dog wash, that’s no problem! Give The Dog Pawlour a call today for professional dog grooming in Greeley! Be sure to join us next time to learn even more ways to keep your dog cool and comfortable this summer.