25 Feb Lovin’ Summer
It’s looking like another super-hot summer in New Zealand. While this is great for hitting the beach it’s worth taking pause to think about how the heat might affect your dog. Here are some great tips for keep your dog cool this summer.
- Make doggy ice blocks! Ice treats, ice lollies, popsicles, whatever you call them, did you know you can make versions your pup will love? Half fill a plastic container with diluted broth (chicken or beef is perfect), let it freeze solid and then add a layer of peanut butter with dry dog biscuits pushed into it. Freeze it a little more then fill up with more broth, sprinkle some more dog biscuits on top and return to the freezer. Once solid it can be licked from the container or tipped onto a tray. Try this delicious icy treat to cool down and hydrate your dog on the hottest of days.
- Change up walkies time. Your lunchtime strolls might need to be swapped out for early morning or evening walks when the temperatures soar. Remember to have a nice big bowl of water waiting when you get home. And something refreshing for the human too!
- Car safety. Just like children, dogs should never be left in a parked car on a hot day. Temperatures in a parked car can rise dramatically in a short space of time, even with the window open a little. This can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and serious problems for your dog. Always take them with you or leave them at home in the shade when that’s not possible.
- Pool time! Who doesn’t love a dip on a hot day? Not all of us are lucky enough to have a pool, and not all dogs are good swimmers, so a paddling pool is a great option. Fill it up and watch the fun begin.
- Protect the paws. Paws can really take a beating in summer. Hot pavements and roads can cause dryness, cracking and discomfort to your dog’s paws. WashBar Paw Balm repairs and restores rough and dry skin on dog’s feet (and other places like their elbows) and helps prevent or relieve minor infection. Pawfect for summer!