Staying Cool This Summer
The summer can be a difficult time for dogs with the hotter weather. This is especially the case for specific breeds, both those with thick fur and those with short hair. This is the case with Boxers for example, whereby this breed overheats easily in the summer. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your pet is more comfortable and is able to enjoy the outdoors with you on the hot summer days.
Firstly, ensure there is fresh water available at all times and if you are going out for the day or even just for a long countryside walk, make sure to take a bottle of water. You can sit in the shade if you take a rest or make sure there is some shady area in your garden for you dog to relax in. This will reduce the chance of overheating in the first place.
If you are going to be out for a few hours you may consider investing in a dog cooling vest. These are specially constructed dog coats that you soak in water. The water then cools the air as it hits the coat, before passing to your dog, keeping them cool. There are a number of these jackets on the market, however, not all of them will be as effective and the duration that they provide the cooling will differ widely. To make sure you get value for money and buy a coat that will cool your dog for long enough, the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler is the best choice.
If you are going hiking, you could choose a route that includes a lake or walking along part of a river or stream. This will provide your dog with both a source of water for a quick drink and a chance to take a dip and cool off. If your dog loves to swim you could combine this with a game of fetch. Remember not to throw sticks for your dog, as this could cause a serious injury. Instead, buy a water toy, there are many floating dog toys available from most pet shops.
Finally, if your dog really suffers with heat, the best decision might be to leave them at home. You can still connect with your pet, by watching them on a pet monitoring system, like the one below in the video. This system also takes the room temperature in your house, so you can be sure your dog is not getting too hot at home.