Mariah Carey posted on Twitter, her dog taking a bath with her. The lucky dog, Jill E. Bean gets to spend some bath time with mommy Mariah.
While most of us do everything in our capabilities to protect ourselves from the heat: wearing comfortable clothes, staying inside air conditioned rooms, putting on sunblock, imagine our furred loved ones in donned in coats 24/7.
Dr. Sherry Weaver shares that we should treat our dogs the same way we treat ourselves. “If you are wearing light clothes, keep your dog shaved. If you need to stop to take a drink, so does your dog. If you are feeling hot, your dog probably is also, so pour some water on their head and neck.”
The heat can make your dogs pant. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
Here are some tips on how to help your dogs beat the rising summer heat:
1. Ice cubes – Even humans love ice in this weather! Give them as much as they want. Cold water is also an option.
2. Evening walk – Instead of taking them in the morning for a walk and the temperature can rise from 85-102, do it in the evening when the temperature has cooled down.
3. Dog tub – Provide your canines something where they can wade or jump into.
4. Suncreen – Ask your vets for sunscreen especially for the short-haired breeds. They get sunburned too!
5. Bath and brush – A once a week grooming for your pooch will do just like what Mariah does. PetSmart grooming expert Linda Erickson says, “It is important to help your dog get rid of their heavier winter coat so they can stay cool as temperatures rise. A bath will release the undercoat and a good brushing will get rid of the extra hair.”