Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Well Chicagoan’s, I think I can safely say we have made it through the winter. It’s sad that we’ve had to wait this long to make that statement but that just seems to be the reality of living in Chicago.
With the temperatures rising we want to make sure to provide you with plenty of tips to keep your furry best friends cool in the Summer. PPM has many buildings that are dog and cat friendly and we understand that they want to be outside just as much as we do after that terrible winter! Follow these quick tips to make sure your dog or cat is staying cool while enjoying the heat!
• If you exercise your dog (by running or walking) do so early in the morning or at night to avoid the hottest and sunniest parts of the day.
• Doggie boots aren’t just for winter! Hot pavement can cause burns and discomfort for your dog and you should put boots on them if you plan on walking them on the hottest days.

• Make ice cube treats. Freeze dog or cat treats in an ice cube tray with water and make treat cubes. Your dog or cat will have a cool treat that might be more exciting than the typical ice cube!
• Never leave your pet in a parked car. We hope this is a no brainer this summer!

• Don’t rely on fans. Pets don’t sweat like humans and fans don’t cool pets down as effectively as they do humans. Try to use air conditioning on hot days to cool off your pet rather than a fan.
• Signs of heatstroke in a pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke move them into the shade or air conditioning immediately and apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest, let them lick ice cubes and get them to a vet IMMEDIATELY.

• Fill a spray bottle with cold water and spray your dog while outside, chances are if you treat it like a game they will love it and stay cool at the same time!
• Let your dog swim. Head to Montrose dog beach on a hot day and let your dog cool off in the water. It is maybe my favorite spot in all of Chicago.

Do you have any creative ways to keep your dog cool this summer? Please be sure to play it safe. Avoid exercising them or keeping them outside for long periods on hot days and go to the vet if you think there’s a problem.
If your interested in getting a dog then check out our blog on the Best Dog Breeds For Apartment Living!

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