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Top 5 Ways to Beat The Heat With Your Dog

Time to Cool Off With Your Pup

Having a dog during the summer months in North Carolina is not for the faint of heart! The days are long, hot and muggy. But just like any other day, your pup needs ways to get their energy out. So with many highs in the 90s, how is it possible to beat the heat? Care First Animal Hospital put our heads together and came up with our 5 best tips for summer fun. 

5 Tips for Summer Fun With Your Dog

Give yourself and your pup a break from the heat with these 5 ideas.

  1. Doggie Pool: One of the best ways to beat the heat is to use a doggie pool in your backyard! Throw some fun toys in there and let your dog have a blast splashing around with you. Not only will it cool them off, but they will be exhausted afterwards too!
  2. Frozen treats: Instead of a typical treat, opt for a homemade frozen treat instead! Your pup will love trying something new and it will help them take a break from the heat. Click here for a few of our favorite recipes. 
  3. Indoor Play Date: Your dog loves running around in your backyard, but this time of year it is often too hot! Instead, switch it to an indoor play date where your dog can play tug and fetch inside! 
  4. Visit a Pet Store: A great socialization activity and a nice way to beat the heat is to take your dog to a pet store to pick out a new toy or treat. They will get to meet new people, seek out some new smells and it won’t be too hot for them. 
  5. Dog Puzzles Inside: Canine enrichment activities are great option for mental stimulation and can be done easily indoors. You can make a puzzle on your own by hiding treats in a towel and letting your dog sniff them out, or you can buy a puzzle at a pet store. 

Heat Stroke is No Joke

When you have to change up your routine in the Summer, it’s important to remember why. Heat Stroke is deadly and causes many dogs to suffer every single year. The good news is that there are fun activities that you can enjoy with your dog that will keep them safe and not too hot. However, always stay on the lookout for these symptoms of heat stroke: excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhea, mental dullness, reddened gums or collapse. If you notice any of these signs, take your dog inside immediately, let them drink water, and cool them by placing a cold, wet towel on their back or stomach. After that, call your veterinarian and bring them in to be checked out.

Questions about Heat Stroke?

If you want to know more about heat stroke or other safe outdoor activities for your dog, don’t hesitate to contact Care First Animal Hospital

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