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May 24, 2024 2:00:00 PM by Logan Donahue

Keeping Your Pets Cool in the Summer Heat: 8 Essential Tips and Tricks

As temperatures soar during the summer months, it's important to ensure our beloved pets stay cool and comfortable. Just like humans, pets can suffer from heatstroke and dehydration, so taking the right precautions can make all the difference. In this blog post, we'll explore various ways to help keep your furry friends cool in the summer heat. From providing plenty of fresh water and shade to creating DIY frozen treats and setting up cooling mats, we'll cover all the tips and tricks to make sure your pets stay safe and happy during the hottest time of the year.
Keeping Your Pets Cool in the Summer Heat: Essential Tips and Tricks

1. Hydration is Key 

One of the simplest and most effective ways to keep your pet cool is by ensuring they have constant access to fresh, clean water. Place multiple water bowls around your home and yard, and consider adding ice cubes to their water to keep it cool for longer periods. For pets who enjoy drinking on the go, portable water bottles with attached bowls can be a lifesaver during walks or trips to the park.

2. Provide Ample Shade

If your pets spend time outside, make sure they have access to shaded areas where they can escape the direct sun. Set up a canopy, umbrella, or even a DIY shade structure using tarps. If possible, allow your pets to come indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

3. Use Cooling Mats and Vests

Cooling mats and vests are great tools to help regulate your pet’s body temperature. These products are typically filled with a cooling gel that activates when your pet lies on them. You can find these at most pet stores, and they are especially useful for breeds prone to overheating, such as Bulldogs or Pugs. For an extra cooling effect, place the mat in the refrigerator for a few hours before use.

4. Create DIY Frozen Treats

Frozen treats can be a fun and delicious way to help your pet cool down. Here are a couple of easy recipes:

Frozen blended fruit bites

Combine ripe banana, pumpkin, or sweet potato with plain yogurt or coconut milk and freeze in a mold or ice cube tray. Or use a blender or food processor to puree watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew. Fill ice cube trays or silicone molds and freeze. Found on Vet-Approved Frozen Summer Treats for Dogs. 

Chicken stock & parsley freezies 

A low-calorie snack your dog will love! Dissolve the stock cube thoroughly in water Chop your parsley finely and stir into the chicken stock. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and pop them in the freezer. Read more: 10 DIY Summer Treats For Your Dog  

5. Grooming for Comfort

Regular grooming can help keep your pet cool by removing excess fur. For dogs and cats with thick coats, consider a summer trim. However, avoid shaving them completely, as their fur also protects against sunburn. Regular brushing helps remove loose fur and can improve air circulation through their coat. Less fur, more comfort. 

6. Avoid Hot Pavement

Pavement and sand can become scorching hot and burn your pet's paw pads. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the ground is cooler. You can also test the pavement with the back of your hand; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet. Pet booties are another option to protect their paws during walks.

7. Monitor for Signs of Overheating

Even with precautions, it's important to monitor your pet for signs of heatstroke. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and uncoordinated movements. If you suspect your pet is overheating, move them to a cooler area, provide water, and dampen their fur with cool (not cold) water. Contact your veterinarian immediately if symptoms persist.

8. Limit Exercise

On extremely hot days, limit your pet's exercise to avoid overheating. Engage in gentle play indoors or take short, frequent walks instead of long, strenuous ones. Always carry water and take breaks in the shade.


Keeping your pets cool in the summer heat requires a bit of effort and creativity, but it's well worth it to ensure their comfort and safety. By providing fresh water, ample shade, cooling products, and keeping an eye out for signs of overheating, you can help your furry friends enjoy the summer season just as much as you do. Stay cool, and have a wonderful summer with your pets!
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