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Pro Tips: Summer Time Strategies to Keep Your Dog Cool

Summer is here and it’s bringing the heat! Just last week, it got up to 110 degrees here in West Hollywood, we need to help our pups stay cool during this heat wave.

 

At Camp Sunset we have been keeping our pups indoors with the A/C blasting all day long. However if we go to the play area outside we make sure it is earlier in the morning or later in the evening. We also have shade, an endless supply of water, and ICE.  Here are some ideas to keep your pet cool at home; a kiddy pool to splash around in, make frozen treats (recipe for pupsicles down below), freeze your pups dog toys and get a cooling pad.

 

If you’re ever wondering if it is too hot outside to walk your pup(s), use the 5-second rule; Place the back of your hand on the pavement, if you can’t hold it there for five seconds, its too hot to walk your dog.  We use this method at Camp Sunset to judge whether or not it’s safe for our dogs to be in our play area outside.

 

This time of year, we have to be extremely mindful of heat stroke. Body temperatures above 103 are above normal, and if the temperatures rise to 106 or higher, they could be in danger for getting heat stroke. To prevent this from happening, you need to look at the signs before hand such as, excessive panting, extreme thirst, thick saliva, vomiting, a bright red tongue and pale gums, and if the skin around muzzle or neck doesn’t snap back when pinched.

 

Here in Los Angeles, we have been known to see a few fires per year. With July being a month marked by heat, dry grass, and not to mention fireworks, we need to make sure our pets are safe during this drought. Fires affect approximately 500,000 pets each year.  It is very important to have a fire drill plan incase anything were to happen. Making sure your pup(s) has a proper ID tags and is micro-chipped, have an escape plan ready while having the leash and collar within escape route during panic. But I will go deeper into the dos and don’ts during the fire drills in the next blog. But for now, have an amazing summer filled with love, laugher and memories with you and your pup, while being SAFE.

 

Recipes for frozen dog treat:

Frozen Blueberry Coconut Oil Treats (Gluten Free)

  • 1 Silicone Heart mold, Small
  • 1 Blueberries Frozen
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil

 

Frozen Pumpkin Banana Pup Pops Hypoallergenic Treats

(Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 (15 OZ) can Pumpkin puree
  • 1 TSP Honey
  • 1 Cup Yogurt, Plain, Non-fat

 

Yogurt and Berries Treat (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

  • 20 Blueberries
  • 10 Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Yogurt Plain

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