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9 Ways to Help Fido Beat the Heat

Summer can be a dangerous time for dogs. Fido can get dangerously hot in that fur coat! At this time of year, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pooch comfortable in the heat. Here, a Sugar Land, TX veterinarian discusses keeping your canine buddy cool this summer.

Water

Keeping your furry bff hydrated is one of the best things you can do to protect him from the heat. Make sure Fido always has fresh water. If you have more than one dog, a large house, and/or a yard for your pup to play in, set out multiple water stations. Drop a few ice cubes into your pet’s bowl when it gets really hot.

AC

When temperatures rise, keep Fido cool and comfy in rooms with AC or climate control. You can also point a fan at or above his doggy bed.

Trim

Some pups are more comfortable with summer haircuts. This isn’t an across-the-board recommendation, however. Dogs with double coats should never be trimmed. This can actually damage the fur! If you aren’t sure if Fido should be clipped, ask your vet.

Pool

Does Fido enjoy swimming? Get him a kiddie pool! Or, get him a sprinkler to splash around in. (Note: we recommend getting a hose filter, especially if you use reclaimed water for your yard.)

Schedule

Adjust Fido’s daily schedule for walks and playtime. Keep your furry buddy indoors as much as possible during the hottest parts of the day.

Cooling Vest

Does your pooch struggle in the heat? A cooling vest may be a good option for him. Some of these you keep in the freezer, while others you soak with water. Just be sure to get the right size!

Bandana

Soak a bandana with water, and hang it around Fido’s neck. This will both keep him cool and make him look adorable!

Cold Treats

Frozen treats are always popular summer treats. Buy or make Fido some doggy ice cream. Or, freeze bits of kibble in some sodium-free broth. Instant tail wags!

Elevated Bed

Hammocks stay cooler than regular beds, as they allow air to flow beneath them. Look for a raised cot-type doggy bed. These are great for outdoors, as they’re easy to hose down!

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX pet hospital, if we can ever be of assistance. We’re happy to help!

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