5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

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The heat may prove dangerous to your dogs and cats. It’s not just outdoor animals, either. Pets can overheat just as people can, and maybe faster, depending on the circumstances. Pets are a part of your family who give you unconditional love. You know how to keep your other family members cool during the summer. Why not do the same for your furry family members? Keep them safe from excessive heat when the Texas Hill Country’s summer hits in full force!

1.  Give Them Frozen Treats

Banana Pup Pops for keeping pets cool

Photo: Pinterest/Bitz and Giggles

Keeping pets cool starts with their interiors. For dogs, have frozen treats on hand, and whenever you grab an ice cream bar for yourself, pull a treat out for your pup. Bitz and Giggles has a recipe for banana yogurt pops for dogs, but all the ingredients make them edible for people, too. Drop a few ice cubes in the water dish for your cats and dogs, too. They often like to play with the floating ice and it cools down the water in the bowl. Also, always keep plenty of water on hand for indoor and outdoor pets.

2. Use Yourself as a Thermometer

Thermometer showing 120 degree F temperature

Photo: Pixabay/johninuptown

If it’s too hot for you to go outside, it’s too hot for your fur-covered pets to venture outside. If you need to take your dog for a walk, go at dusk or dawn to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. When the temperatures rise to exceptional levels, don’t take your pet out for a run. Opt for a slower, shorter walk, instead, and try to stick to keeping your dog walking on grass. Hot concrete can burn your pet’s paws.

3. Know Your Pet

Cat and dog on path


Some pets are more susceptible to the heat than others. Pets with shorter snouts, such as pug dogs or Persian cats, or heavier builds have a harder time with hot, humid conditions. Long-haired pets should be clipped before the summer gets too hot, and if any of your pets has a chronic health problem or a temporary illness, keep it out of the summer heat.

4. Don’t Leave Pets Behind

Dog in Car
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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