I love the summer. Well, aside from the mosquitoes. Oh yea, I’m not a huge fan of the humidity here in Georgia either. Aside from that, I love the summer. I love receiving a good dose of “vitamin sea.” It isn’t just the humans I have to keep hydrated during the summer. I also have to make sure our furry trio is hydrated as well.
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It’s quite humid here in Georgia at the moment. I can’t believe the first day of Summer was only two days ago. I feel like we’ve been stuck on summer for months now. You can definitely tell that summer is here in our household. We have your traditional sticky finger prints from popsicles. Then the added muddy paw prints from the doggy pool outside. It’s a hot one out there ya’ll.
During the summer we like to make sure everyone in the house stays hydrated. That means keeping plenty of water available. Not just for the humans in the house. We also have to make sure our four legged friends have plenty water as well. Did you know that almost 80% of your pets body is made out of water?! Compare that to the 55% – 80% that our body is made out of. We have to make sure those four legged creatures have plenty of water, too.
Thankfully keeping my family hydrated is easy. Everyone is my household loves water. Including my dogs. My dogs and children spend quite a bit of time together in the kiddie pool. Especially our Boston Terrier, Pluto, he loves the water. Pluto often empties the water bowl outside. He just really wants to play in it. He’s a character.
There are some pretty awesome ideas out there. There are also creative ideas to keep your pets cool this summer. Make sure they stay hydrated during these hot summer months.
Sweet Summertime: Creative Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer
Cooling Vest – I’m a huge fan of the Thunder Jacket. So, it shouldn’t surprise you I’d recommend a cooling vest for keeping your pets cool. Even the military uses these vests on their military K9 companions. Most of these cooling vest are lightweight. They also keep the sun away from your pets precious skin. Some also have rechargeable cooling inserts.
Dog Suncreen – You bet’cha they make dogscreen for dogs, too! Dog sun screen is helpful in keeping your dog safe against the harmful rays of the sun as well. Make sure you’re applying sunscreen specifically made for animals. I can vouch for the product below. We use all their products at the grooming salon I work at. I’ve also personally used their sun protector spray. Great product.
Kiddie Pool – Kiddie pools are an excellent way to keep your pet cool. Make sure it’s plastic. We know how sharp those nails can be. Regardless of how often we keep them trimmed. A shallow kiddie pool, that has fresh water provided often, is an excellent way for your pet to cool off.
Cooling Mats – If you’re here in hot, humid Georgia, you may even appreciate a cooling mat. Cooling mats are a great way to keep your four legged best friend cool. Their convenient and their a great product to have on hand. Especially if where you live tends to get a little steamy.
How do you keep your four legged friends cool during these hot, summer months? Let me know. I’d love to add to this!