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Dog Days of Summer: Keeping Your Pup Cool and Content

As the summer sun shines brightly, our loyal canine companions are eager to explore the great outdoors. However, the scorching heat can pose risks to our furry friends. As responsible pet owners, it’s essential to keep our pups cool and content during the dog days of summer. In this blog post, we’ll share valuable tips and tricks to ensure your four-legged friend stays safe, comfortable, and happy in the sweltering heat.

1. Hydration is Key

Just like us, dogs need plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather. Always carry a water bottle and a collapsible bowl during walks or outdoor adventures. Make sure to offer your pup water regularly, and if you notice signs of dehydration (excessive panting, lethargy, dry gums), seek shade and water immediately.

2. Avoid Midday Heat

The sun’s intensity is at its peak during the midday hours, making it dangerous for your furry companion to be outside for extended periods. Plan walks and playtime either early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Paw pads can be sensitive to hot surfaces like asphalt, so use the back of your hand to check the pavement’s temperature before taking your dog for a walk.

3. Create a Cool Oasis

Setting up a cool and shaded area in your backyard or on your patio allows your dog to enjoy the outdoors without overheating. Consider using a canopy or umbrella to provide shade, and provide a cooling pad or damp towel for your pup to lie on. Adding a kiddie pool filled with cool water can also be a fun way for your dog to beat the heat.

4. Frozen Treats and Cool Snacks

Nothing refreshes like a frozen treat on a hot day! You can make homemade frozen dog treats by blending dog-friendly ingredients like plain yogurt, fruits, and a touch of honey, then freezing them in ice cube trays. Additionally, freeze some low-sodium chicken or beef broth into ice pops for your pup to lick and enjoy.

5. Indoor Play and Mental Stimulation

On exceptionally hot days, it’s best to keep activities indoors where it’s cooler. Engage your dog’s mind with interactive toys or puzzle games to provide mental stimulation. Indoor play sessions with their favorite toys will keep them active and entertained without exposing them to the scorching sun.

6. Watch for Signs of Overheating

Being vigilant for signs of overheating is crucial in preventing heat-related illnesses. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, vomiting, or collapsing. If you suspect your dog is experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate veterinary attention and apply cool (not cold) water to their body.


Summer can be a joyous time for you and your furry companion, but it’s vital to take precautions to keep your pup cool and content during the dog days of summer. By staying hydrated, avoiding the midday heat, creating a cool oasis, providing frozen treats, engaging in indoor play, and watching for signs of overheating, you can ensure your dog’s safety and happiness throughout the hottest season.

At HPM, we cherish the well-being of your pets, and we hope these tips help you and your pup have a fantastic and safe summer together.

For more tips on dog care and behavior, stay tuned to our blog. If you’re interested in natural solutions like CBD for your dog’s anxiety, check out our premium Happy Pet Medicinals CBD products. Your dog’s well-being is our priority!

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