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7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

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It’s no secret: Chicago is a city of extreme temperatures. If we’re not bundled up under layers of sweaters waiting for the first glimpse of spring, we’re posted up at the lake or community pool hoping for a breeze to cut the humidity. Though Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind this year, June is well underway and the balmy weather will soon be here to stay.

While we’re all looking forward to a steamy summer in the city, it’s important to be aware of how the heat can affect our four-legged friends. An extreme temperature increase can cause your pup to exhibit scary symptoms like excessive panting or labored breathing, increased heart rate, drooling and mild weakness. Luckily, there are some measures you can take to prevent your dog from falling victim to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Here are some tips that will cool your dog down when Chicago heats up.

  1. Beat the sun. Save your daily walks and trips to the dog park for early in the morning and later in the evening. The air will be easier to breathe and the ground will be cooler on your dog’s paws.

  2. Keep your dog hydrated. When it’s hot outside our pets can get dehydrated pretty quickly. Make sure your pup always has access to cool, fresh water. Water alternatives are also great options since they replenish electrolytes.

  3. Go for a swim. Head to Montrose Dog Beach so your dog can splash around in the lake. Or, fill up a baby pool with water from the hose and let your dog cool her paws.

  4. Freeze your dog’s toys. Fill a plastic container with water and a few of your dog’s favorite toys. Freeze until solid, pop the ice block out onto your patio, and let your dog lick and chew her way to the icy prize.

  5. Make a frosty dog treat. Frozen Banana Treats and Cheeseburger Pops are just a couple of the many homemade dog treats you can whip up this summer. They’re so refreshing and tasty you’ll be tempted to save one for yourself!

  6. DIY cooling pad. Why buy a cooling pad for your pup when you can make your own at home? Simply wet a beach towel with cold water, wring it out, and lay it in a shady spot outside. Then invite your dog to lie down and chill out.

  7. Get your dog groomed. Getting your pup properly groomed will keep her cool and comfortable all summer long. At the very least, brush your dog frequently to remove excess fur and promote airflow across her skin.

Do you have any tips for keeping your dog cool during the hot Chicago summers? Share with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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