Ask A Boston Expert: How To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

May 15, 2015 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jen Durden
Petco At Mansfield Crossing
280 School Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
(508) 261-2366
www.petco.com

Jen Durden has been working with dogs for the past three years. Not only does she train pups at Petco, but she also does private training. In addition to having a four-legged friend of her own, she has had experience with many different breeds over the years. With the warmer months approaching, Durden is always advising her clients that hydration is important, especially for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors. Below you will find Durden’s top five tips for making sure your pet stays cool this summer.

Water

Durden said by far, the best way to keep your pet cool this summer is to make sure they have access to fresh water. You can bring a bottle of water along on your walks, or even purchase a portable water bowl so that your pet can have a frequent drink. Keeping a bowl of water outside is important, but taking water with you when you leave the house with your pet is important too. Preventing dehydration is key in the heat.

Free-Standing Cot

She said for dogs that have to be outside, giving them a place to hang out that is off the ground is very important. There are a lot of benefits to having an outdoor cot for your pet. The first is that it offers them a comfortable spot to relax. Getting your pet off the ground also promotes better air circulation around their bodies. A nice breeze underneath them can really help cool them off. You can purchase a free-standing cot from various pet stores, and they will run you anywhere from $20 to $70.

Kiddie Pools

Durden suggests buying a cheap pool for your pet to get refreshed. A plastic kiddie pool is relatively inexpensive, and can be a great way for your hot pet to cool off quick. Fill it up about halfway with cool water and place it in the shade. Your dog should be allowed to come and go as they please. Durden said to make sure to change the water every two days or so. The water will get pretty gross from your dog rolling around in it with dirty paws. Some pups like to drink the water too, so frequent water changes are important.

Shade

If your pet is outside for any length of time, they should not be left with only direct sunlight Druden said. Make sure that their leash can reach an area that provides refuge. That could be under a deck, or under the shade of a nearby tree or bush. She said keeping your pets in the shade is one of the best ways to prevent them from overheating.

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Stay Off Pavement

When talking your dog for a walk, remember that the pavement gets really hot. Pavement can easily burn a dog’s paws. Allowing your pup to walk in the grass is a much better option on very hot days Durden said. She adds that using patch oil on your dogs paws can really help keep them in great shape. It’s like a moisturizer and it offers an extra layer of protection against the harsh ground.

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