Summer is just around the corner! One thing for dog owners to be aware of at this time of year is the danger of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Our canine pals overheat very quickly, but they can’t easily cool down. Read on for some great tips from a local Lewisville, TX vet on keeping your pup safe from that scorching Texas heat.

Water

The most important thing you can do to help your furry buddy beat the heat is to make sure that he always has plenty of fresh water. If you have a yard for Fido to patrol, keep water bowls both indoors and outdoors. Remember to clean and refill these often! Your pup may also enjoy having a pet fountain. (Note: some of these spray water into the air when dogs step on them. We probably don’t have to tell you how adorable this is to watch.)

Splashing Fun

Swimming is a great way for both people and pets to cool off on hot days. If your canine companion likes the water, then take him to a pet-friendly swimming hole. If your pup isn’t a good swimmer, or just hates the water, try offering him a kiddie pool to splash around in instead.

Cooling Vests

Another thing you may want to look into is a cooling vest. Fido may not need to wear it every day. However, it’s a good thing to have for times when he’s going to be spending time outdoors in the heat. There are different types. Some you wet down with water before putting them on. Others you keep in the freezer. Do some research before buying. Or, for a simpler option, soak a bandana and hang it around your furry friend’s neck.

Summer Activity Schedule

Rearrange Fido’s itinerary a bit, so that walks and playtime happen in the mornings and evenings. During midday, when the heat is worst, keep your furry pal indoors, in rooms with climate control.

Cold Treats

Who doesn’t like a cold treat in summer? Pick up some doggy ice cream for Fido. You can also make your pooch some frozen treats. There are lots of great recipes online. Just be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for your canine buddy.

Please reach out to us, your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!