St. Louis has been an inferno since late June and we’re all struggling to find ways to beat the heat. Our dogs suffer just as much, if not more than we do since they can’t take their fur coats off. I wanted to write a little bit about different ways you can help your dog stay cool in the awful weather beyond the staples of keeping your dogs indoors in the A/C and allowing constant access to fresh water!
One option is to cut your dog’s fur shorter. Many people give their dogs summer “haircuts” in an effort to keep their pets more comfortable. This is a great option for breeds with longer/thicker fur such as shih tzus, lhasa apsos, poodles, golden retrievers, all the “doodle” mixed breeds and even some breeds like the Bernese Mountain Dog, Huskies and Malamutes. I’ve even seen some people shave their shepherds in summer.
If your dog already has shorter fur, he’s in better shape but can still easily overheat with temps over 90 degrees! There are wonderful inventions that can help your pooch in hot weather. The Misty Mate (a personal misting device) is a great way to cool your dog (and yourself) off when taking a summer walk or hike.
Another handy thing to have for your dog is a cooling jacket. These come in many different styles and types and can make a big difference in the comfort of your dog.
The most important things to remember are to stay as cool as possible and stay hydrated! Dehydration can happen SO fast and have devastating effects! Please be aware of the sign and symptoms of heat exhaustion in your dog and if you recognize them take your dog to the vet immediately!
If you are careful and vigilant you can still have a fabulous summer with your dogs even if temps ARE setting new record highs!