Every dog has his day, and he may be having a lot of hot ones soon. Sunday, June 21 marks the first day of summer. It's the time of year when most of us (and our furry companions) spend more time outdoors. If you can't handle the heat, imagine what your fur-wearing friend feels like on hot, blistering days.
Did you know that dogs have a higher body temperature than humans? Their body temp averages between 101°F - 102.5°F. With this in mind, it's best to be dogged about keeping your canine companion cool during the dog days of summer. Here are seven helpful tips:
- Enjoy the water. When the temperature rises, take your dog for a dip in a pool, ocean or lake. Visit the beach or lake early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Try to avoid the hottest part of the day. If you don't live near a body of water, purchase a kiddie pool or break out the water hose or sprinkler and let your four-legged friend run wild and free in your backyard.