When the mercury starts to rise, summer heat can be very uncomfortable and dangerous not only for people but for dogs, especially if they have a double coat. You must be very careful if your dog is a puppy, very old and/or has some health issues.
There are many ways to cool off your dog. While in the pet section of a store one day, I came across something I had never seen before, a cooling mat. There was a little window on the box where you could feel a section of it. I was surprised to see that it actually felt cold. Being that it was non toxic, I decided to try it out for Kumason, my Akita. While you can place it directly on the floor, I decided to put it on his orthopedic memory foam bed. He loves it! This was a very good find and I am glad that I bought it. My silly Akita sometimes keeps his body on the floor and rests his head on the mat. There was another cooling mat brand but it did not feel as cold. So, with this in mind, make sure to try it out in person. There are also cooling gel beds.
Even if you have an air conditioned home, it is a good idea to have some fans circulating the air. Kumason enjoys relaxing between two fans.
While Kumason can stay outdoors for hours in a blizzard or cold rain, the summer heat is the total opposite. It is wise to limit outside activities to a minimum and go out only when necessary. A short moonlight walk is not only relaxing and fun hearing the sounds of nature, but healthier in the long run for your fur baby once the temperature has dropped.
Going for a car ride or to a local pet store are some other activities for a hot day. If you have a water loving dog, trying taking your dog for a swim. Remember to always have fresh clean drinking water for your cat or dog at home and wherever you go.