How Do Dogs Stay Cool?
Dogs don’t sweat through their skin like we do, but they do sweat through their paw pads. They also regulate their body temperature through panting. Moisture is evaporated from their tongues, nasal passages, and the lining of their lungs as they pant. As this air circulates through their body, it helps cool them off. Under most conditions, dogs can keep themselves cool. But when it’s really hot, or hot for a long period, your dog may become overheated.
Signs Your Dog Is Overheated
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Dark or bright red gums or tongue
- Rapid heartbeat
- Thick saliva
How Can You Help Them Stay Cool?
- Keep water available to them at all times and change out old water for fresh once or twice a day
- Limit outside exercise and walks to cooler times during the day like early morning or late evening.
- Use a spray bottle to spray cool water onto areas of their body where the hair is less dense – like the belly or groin.
- Provide access to a cool surface for them to lie on. That can be tile, concrete, or even a damp towel. You can also invest in a cooling bed or vest made specifically for dogs.
- Dab some rubbing alcohol behind their ears, on their stomach, or paws. It cools faster than water and can draw out the heat.
- Make your own frozen dog treats
DIY Frozen Dog Treats
- 2 apples (any kind), with seeds, core, and stem removed
- 2 full-size carrots or about 2 cups of baby carrots
- 1 cup of water
- Ice cube trays
Cut the apples and carrots into 1-inch cubes, leaving the skin on. Add the apples, carrots, and water to a food processor or blender and puree. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
At Erie Station Village we love pets and all the ways they enhance our lives. That’s why our apartments and townhomes are pet-friendly. If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please reach out to our leasing office to learn more about our pet policy.