This week’s guest blog comes from our Explorer Amy and her adorable pooch Whisky. If anyone knows anything about being cool it’s this lovable sausage. This week Amy shares her top tips for keeping your dog cool during those warm summer days.
Keeping your dog cool for Summer
Hiya, I’m Amy and this is my pooch Whisky!
Whisky is a miniature long-haired dachshund. He is born in South Wales and explores anywhere his little legs allow him to.
Nothing screams summer like corn on the cob, fresh strawberries, a BBQ in the garden and trying to lap up an ice cream cone before it drips down your arm and the dogs tongue seems to find the drips before you do. We two-legged folks have plenty of ways to cool down when the weather heats up. But what about our dogs? Here are a few fab ways to help keep your dog cool for the summer.
“One of the most potentially overlooked summer treats is water,” says Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, veterinarian at Animal Medical Center in New York City. Tap water is more than fine. You can also make a thin, ice “pancake” by putting water in a plastic bag and freezing it flat. Offer it to your dog to chew on when the temperatures get really hot.
Collapsible Travel Cup
Running on the beach or hiking the mountains is a great way for you and your furry friend to get some exercise. Just like humans, the more pets exercise the more water they need. This portable water cup will easily allow you to share your H2O. Available at pets at home, home bargains, pound land and a lot of other larger stores. Also available online.
Every time your dog bites down on this dog toy, he is rewarded with a refreshing squirt of water. Available online.
Give your dog his very own “kiddy pool”
Don’t deny it – I know you want to. I know there is a few dog parents here who are now thinking “ I wish I bought that little pool”. They don’t even have to be big, little pools, sand pit boxes and water pools are ideal for dogs in the hot summer. Easy to fill and dogs can make their own entertainment. For extra fun add some toys into the mix.
Cooling Bandana for Dogs
Not only stylish, but it holds plenty of water to help keep your dog cool and comfortable around the collar.
If the place you’re taking your dog to has floors that heat up quickly and retain the heat, a cooling mat can be helpful in keeping your dog comfortable in an extended down position. B&M have the whole cooling range and it is pretty amazing. Go check it out. Pets at home also have a huge range of cooling dog items including beds and toys.
No one enjoys the smell of a stinky wet dog collar after the pooch has rolled around in mud, water, and repeated. What’s summer for a dog if they don’t get to have this fun filled routine though right? That doesn’t mean you have to put up with the stench that follows. Keep your pupper fresh with ultra-chic, waterproof collars, none of that stink will cling to them – just rinse it.
Our go to recommendation is BioThane. They can be easily wiped clean with a wet cloth or under running water. BioThane has proven durability in applications where safety, cleanability, flexibility and strength are critical. It is a trusted brand in a variety of sports, such as equestrianism, as well as in the military and international space organisations.
Let’s Talk Food
Pawlease remember these are a treats and not to replace their normal meal. We are not doggy nutritionists and every pooch is individual. What might be good for most might not be good for another. Always tailor each recipe to your own dogs needs and tastes. If you have any questions about your dog’s diet, please contact your vet. If you notice your dog has any adverse reaction to any of the treats stop feeding immediately and contact your vet.
Peanut Butter “Pupsicles”
Dr. Michelle Newfield, a veterinarian and owner of Gause Boulevard Veterinary Hospital in Los Angeles, recommends peanut butter and yogurt “pupsicles.”
Layer the ingredients in a small cup, using a milk bone as a stick. Freeze and serve. But don’t use sugar free yogurt or some types of peanut butter. “Xylitol, a sugar substitute, is toxic to dogs, and can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia,” says Newfield.
Frozen bone broth treat recipe for dogs
Bone broth is a superfood that’s not only healthy, nutritious, and easily digestible for our dogs, but also for us humans. It’s low in calories and particularly beneficial for aching joints and gut health. Simply pour it into silicone ice cube or baking molds and freeze them overnight!
Doggie Ice Cream
Regular ice cream can wreak havoc on your dog’s tummy. But several brands, including Frosty Paws and Puppy Scoops, make lactose-free frozen treats for pups. Just be mindful of calories. “Give him a Frosty Paws every day and your Chihuahua will look like a footstool,” says Hohenhaus.
Known ice cream for dogs: Woof & Brew Pawsecco Freeze Pops – Cat & Dog Treat (Pets at home) Smoofl Ice Cream Mix for Dogs (Amazon) Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix (Amazon), Scoop’s Ice Cream for Dogs – Frosty Paws Fido Freeze
Fruits like melons are fabulous for our four legged friends. Seedless watermelons and honeydew are high in moisture and cool the body from the inside says Dr. Judy Morgan, a holistic veterinarian and author who specializes in food therapy.
Frozen watermelon and banana treats for dogs recipe
Watermelon is a refreshing and nutritious summer fruit that’s low in calories. Bananas are great for heart health but contain a decent amount of fruit sugar, so combining both fruits makes for a yummy treat that’s still overall low in calories. It’s best to use overly ripe bananas for this concoction because of how soft and easy to mash they are. Simply mash the bananas and the watermelon up in a bowl and fill your favourite silicone moulds with the mixture, then place in the freezer overnight.
These make a great summer chew toy, says Morgan. Just don’t leave your dog unattended while she’s on the gnaw. Like bones, they could become a choking hazard
Ginger calms the stomach and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can prepare a refreshing ice cream with watermelon juice and ground ginger for your dog to benefit from. Simply put both ingredients in an ice cube tray and freeze it together.
Some toys have an opening for wet food that can be stuffed with anything that is creative and non-toxic, just like ice cubes. All you have to do is put the filled toy in the freezer and let the contents freeze through. The dog will be busy for a long time sucking out the food contents. Kong’s and similar dog toys are perfect for this.