Oh My Shih Tzu the temperature is rising, so it’s important to know a few simple ways to keep your dog cool in the summer. Unlike us humans, dogs can not keep cool by sweating. Yes they may sweat a little through their paw pads, but when temperatures & humidity begin to rise you’ll see your pooch begin to pant. But panting alone may not be enough to cool your dog down.
So here are a few simple steps to keep your dog cool in the summer
Misters are a great way to keep your dogs cool if they are outside. Misters can easily be found at your local home improvement store with prices starting around $30, they make for a quick weekend project, only taking an hour or two to install. Make sure when you install them you decide on a location in your yard that is shaded for added coolness.
Unlike a regular in ground pool, kiddie pools can be a safe little oasis for your dogs to cool down. But remember, place the pool in a shaded location to keep the water cool as in hot temps the water can warm up very quickly.
I love Cooling Pads! They are very portable and I usually just slip it into my backpack when Riley and head off to school. Made of a safe non-toxic gel, once your dog lies on them they begin to cool the tummy area! Riley loves hers so much I don’t even have to tell her to lay on it, once it gets set on the floor she is immediately on top! Now that is one cool puppy! My favorite cooling pad is by The Green Pet Shop! I’ve had mine over a year and it is awesome!
Though this maybe obvious, keeping cool water on hand is one of the best ways to keep your dog cool from the inside out! This is as easy as putting ice cubes in the water for extra coolness, or even making your dog ice pops to lick. Though I do make homemade ice pops, we will have a great frozen treat next Tuesday, I sometimes turn to Ice Pups by The Honest Kitchen. These tasty treats are mixed with water, frozen and served for a yummy lo-cal treat to the girls.
Go For a Swim Together
This is my favorite! Some good quality time with your pooch. Not only is this great exercise for you, but your pet also. If you dog is not accustomed to swimming, teach them slowly that the water is a good thing. Never throw a dog into a pool, it is a myth that all dogs can swim. This can be very dangerous if the dog is brachycephalic (smooshed nose) as they can intake a large amount of water very quickly. To be safe, if you have a little dog fit them with a proper life jacket. Remember, never leave your pet unattended around a pool, just as with children, accidents can happen very quickly. Check out Ensuring Your Dogs Safety, Pool Fencing regarding the recent addition of a pool fence to our yard.
**UPDATE: I just wanted to let everyone know that all the Shih Tzus are indoor dogs, so these are some things that I do for them while we are outside together. As for my outdoor dogs, they have complete access to our laundry room that is nice and cool. They also have access to a shallow fish pond in which Sunny likes to take dips in without disturbing the occupants! **