3 Ways to Cool Down a HOT Dog

Summer is right around the corner. The Jinx HQ is located in sunny Los Angeles, where hot weather can start in May and last well through October. On extra hot days, it’s always a good idea to offer multiple options for cooling down like cold treats, water during play, or simply some nice AC. We’ve rounded up three playful ways to keep your dog cool and comfortable through the rest of the season. Your pup will thank you.

First things first, stay alert

Since dogs can’t tell us when they are overheating, it’s important to proactively keep your pup cool in hot weather and to be aware of signs of heat exhaustion. Signs of heat stroke in canines are very similar to those observed in humans, although dogs pant more in an effort to cool themselves down. Watch out for the warning signs below.

  • Heavy panting
  • Hypersalivation or drooling
  • Warm skin to the touch
  • Red mucous membranes of mouth
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Extremely dry nose
  • Quiet or poorly responsive
  • Vomiting or spitting up
  • Blood in mouth or stool
  • Mild to severe seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Ataxia or staggering

The best way to prevent heat stroke in your pup is to make sure they are in a safe area with access to someplace cool and out of the sun. Never leave your dog in a hot car or confined in an area in direct sunlight, even for a few minutes. Now that you know what warning signs to watch out for, let’s jump into the summer fun.

1. Add water to their play

If you have an outdoor space available, a splash pad made for kids can be a great option for your dog. Let the sprinklers work their magic while your pups splash around. A hot, tired pup will likely enjoy laying down on the splash pad. Just be sure to always supervise your furry friend during water play.

A golden retriever stands in shallow water at the beach, panting

2. DIY yogurt pupsicles

What’s better on a hot day than a cold ice cream? Ice cream has a high sugar content that makes it a no-no for pups, but homemade frozen yogurt is a nutritious alternative. Check out this safe and delicious recipe to treat your pup to a refreshing pupsicle.




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