We are right in the middle of the dog days of summer. However, Fido would probably prefer a nice cool place to take a nap.

Summer is here are it brings with it promises of swimming at the beach, picnics in the park and camping trips. While you look forward to the freedom of the great outdoors this summer, remember to make your dog’s safety a priority.

Hage Energy, your AC repair service in Houston, offers these tips to keeping your dog safe from common summer hazards.

Ice Water

Adding ice to Fido’s water bowl creates a curious game for dogs. They love to bob for ice cubes and they drink water and stay hydrated in the process.

Make a Splash

A baby pool in the backyard is a perfect way for your dog to cool down. It is also a ton of fun to splash around in the pool. Just remember not to leave your dog unsupervised the yard when it is very hot outside.

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

You should all know this by now; never leave your dog in the car, even if it is only for a few minutes. All it takes is two minutes for your car to become unbearably hot, so don’t leave Fido in the car even if you are just running a quick errand.

Also, it gets hot enough in your car to cause illness or death even if it doesn’t feel all that hot outside. The best advice is to just never leave your dog in the car alone at any time.

Sunburn

Even with fur, your dog can suffer sunburn. If your dog does suffer sunburn, cover the affected area with a cold, wet towel.

Do not use sunscreen on dogs because they will only lick it off.

Dogs Get Heatstroke

If you have ever suffered heatstroke, you know just what a nightmare it is. Well, dogs get heatstroke as well and suffer the same horrors.

There are signs that your dog is getting heatstroke. Here is what to look for:

  • Physical depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Rigid posture
  • Unsteady gait
  • Vigorous panting
  • Vomiting
  • Signs of shock

If you think your dog is getting heatstroke, start by moving him to a cooler area and try to get cold air on him right away. Dampen his body with cool water and apply icepacks to his head, chest and neck. Then get to the vet right away.

Hose Down the Pavement

When sitting in the patio on a hot day, you sit in a cool and comfortable chair. You want Fido to be just as comfortable as you, so don’t make him walk on hot cement. Instead, hose down the cement with cold water to keep Fido from burning his paw pads.

Make Cold Doggie Treats

Place low sodium chicken broth in the ice tray and freeze it. In just a few hours, you will have an ice-cold treat that Fido will love. It will also cool him down.

If your AC is on the brink, give Hage Energy a call and we can help.