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Helping Your Pets Beat the Heat

It was twenty below zero here a couple weeks ago and we have more cold weather coming through. But that won’t stop us from warming up to some ideas on how to help our beloved pets beat the summer heat!

Summer can be an amazing opportunity to spend time with your furry family, but they still depend on you to keep them safe and cool as the temperature rises. Pets need to be protected just like children, so follow these tips to maintain the health of your pet during the hottest parts of the year.

The Dangers of Parked Cars
Keeping your pet in a parked car is very dangerous on warm days. The temperature inside the car rises exponentially, even if the temperature stays the same outside. Keeping a pet in your parked vehicle can lead to organ damage, heat stroke, and death. If you’re unwilling to leave your car running during errands, leave your pet at home, where they can stay cool.

Playing it Safe
Pets also need your help monitoring their exercise levels. If it’s extremely warm, wait to play outside until the early morning or late evening. Remember that asphalt heats to very high temperature and can burn the pads of your puppy’s feet. When walking your dog during the heat of the day, equip them with socks or mitts. It may take a little while for them to adjust to the clothing, but they’ll thank you later when their feet stay cool and protected.

Keeping Cool
If your pet has to stay outside during the day, assure that they have plenty of shade and water. Dog houses are dangerous, because they trap heat inside, so a hung-up tarp is better. They don’t limit air flow and stay cool underneath. Keep plenty of fresh water in the shade. This will keep it cool, even in the middle of the day.

Cold Treats
Finally, consider making your pet treats that cool them on the inside, too. Frozen, sodium-free chicken broth with puppy treats in the middle is a fun toy and assures that your furry friend stays hydrated and happy. Here’s a recipe that you can follow to help you get started:

1 cup chicken broth
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons small dog treats

Fill each section of the ice cube tray halfway with chicken broth. Distribute the treats evenly through the chicken broth. Spoon the peanut butter onto the second half of the tray sections. Freeze overnight.