We were spoiled by an unusually cool May here in Phoenix, but the last hints of spring have come and gone. It is now the full-blown triple-digit summer we know and love (or love to hate)!
So, how do you keep your pets cool and entertained during the sizzling season?
Here are a few fun ideas and products to try!
- If your pet loves the water and you don’t have a pool, plastic baby pools are an affordable alternative! Find them at Target, Wal-mart, or Costco, or check out this foldable version that’s slip resistant and comes in multiple sizes on Amazon Smile (and, be sure to select The Arizona Pet Project as the benefiting charity to help pets and families in need).
- Stuff a Kong toy with your dog’s favorite treats and add water, peanut butter, or wet food then freeze overnight for a quick and tasty pup-sicle they will love! Focusing on getting all the good stuff out also provides an outlet for physical and mental energy to help tire your furry friend out.
- Another frozen option is a whole treat bowl! Use an ice cream bucket and add kibble, fruit, veggies, or whatever your dog likes with a mixture of water and chicken stock. Freeze and serve for a special surprise activity.
- We recommend minimizing outdoor activity during the day when temperatures are at their hottest, but if you are heading somewhere with cooler weather to enjoy the outdoors this summer, check out this awesome pet vest! It provides sun protection and keeps your dog cool.
- Cooling beds can be great for the pet who likes to lounge in the summer.
- How about a collar where you can pop in an ice pack to ensure your pet stays nice and chill?
The most important thing is to keep your pets safe! Always watch for signs of dehydration and heat stroke. Symptoms can include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
Pets with flat faces, seniors or overweight dogs and cats can be especially susceptible. If you think your pet is suffering from dehydration or heat stroke, contact a veterinarian for further advice immediately. A list of low-cost clinic options can be found on our website here. Offer cool water but avoid ice as their body temperature needs to be reduced gradually, and use cool damp towels applied to their neck, under their armpits, and between the hind legs.