Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

We are approaching the “dog days” of summer- which means it’s about to get REAL hot. Dogs do not sweat like us, they pant. This is why they are more sensitive to the heat. Whether you are outside training for the upcoming season, playing outside with your dog, or your dog is outside all the time – here are some important tips and information to keep your dog cool during the hot summer days. 

Avoid Peak Hours

Try to keep them out of the direct sun during peak hours when it will be the hottest. If you cannot avoid this, make sure they have a shaded area to rest and plenty of water. 

*BONUS- set a small kiddie pool with water for them to cool off in! 

Upgrade The Kennel

If your dog is outside in a kennel, it’s time to upgrade the kennel and provide essential equipment that can help protect them from the heat. Adding a heat barrier roof on top of their kennel- it’s time to start looking into one. Also adding insulation to a kennel if it’s enclosed will help with heat. 

Take Breaks

Whether you are training or playing, running a dog during the heat of summer will make them extremely hot if you do not take breaks. It’s crucial to take breaks, cool off, and hydrate.

*BONUS- finding a swimming hole or getting a kiddie pool is a great way to cool them off 


speaking of hydrate, make sure your dog is getting PLENTY of water! Certain medications can make your dog dehydrate quicker so keep an eye on them if they are on any medications. 

Frozen Treats

Giving your dog a “pupsicle” is a great way to help them cool off. Freezing plain pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, peanut butter, or other healthy dog treats will help cool them off quickly. 

Signs of heat stroke 

Heat strokes can be very serious so it’s important to know the signs. Below are signs that your dog may be having a heat stroke.

Cool your dog off for the summer
  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Inability to move
  • Reddened gums
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Collapse
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you think your dog is having a heat stroke, call your vet immediately to see if you can get in. 

There’s also a chance that your dog may just be dehydrated though in which case they need more water and shade. Here are some symptoms of dehydration:

  • Dry nose
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy
  • Dry eyes
  • Loss of skin elasticity

Making sure your dog is getting the proper nutrition with their meal is also extremely important for keeping them healthy this summer. Feed them with Joy Dog Food so they have usable calories to keep them energized and strong against heat exhaustion. Our kibble is denser with higher kcal/cup so they will not eat as much which not only saves you money but helps prevent dehydration.