It looks like it may finally be heating up (and even sustaining the heat for an extended amount of time) so now is the time to get your pup summer ready.  No, we’re not talking about exfoliating and applying self-tanner, we are talking about sunscreen and other proactive ways to make sure that your doggy doesn’t get overheated.  Most dogs know when enough is enough.  Then there’s Albie.  I would go to the dog park with Al and it would be so hot that all the other dogs were lying in the shade but Albie always wants to play; like the mailman he can not be deterred by weather.  Picture it: a dog park in 110 degrees and my crazy dog running around until he ripped open his paw pads while I was convinced he was going to give himself heat stroke.  We finally came up with some tips and tricks to ensure that he was safe and happy in the sun and I wasn’t having an anxiety attack worrying about him.

One thing that we do is we make sure that I always have fresh water on me.  I like the totable water bottle/ bowl combos that allow you to flip down the side to make a bowl.  This is the exact one I have:

http://www.bestpetsuppliesguide.com/thirsty-dog-portable-pet-water-bowl-for-outdoor-activities-with-your-dog/.  We really like it.  water2

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Another really important thing after hydration is making sure that your dog is physically cool enough.  Another great thing we found to beat the heat is the kool collar.

http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=D83047%20BL%20S&srccode=NXCDC6&utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparison&utm_campaign=datafeed&gclid=CjkKEQjw75CcBRCz2LiEs5OPsZoBEiQADgUma2mKhvM14W2X31QV0RJ4lHp_fah7D6pRL_I4DfPSUCjw_wcB

The kool collar is a tube collar that comes with a reusable freezable insert, but you can also use regular ice cubes too.  Obviously, you’re not going to put your pooch’s tags on this collar, it’s in addition to the real collar, but this is a very easy and refreshing way to lower your dog’s body heat when the sun is shining too bright.

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Sunscreen.  You heard me: sunscreen.   Especially if your dog is light (white), sunscreen is really important.  We use CVS SPF 100 spray.  Dogs can get sunburn too!  Please don’t forget to protect the pups!

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We here at Elliot’s House love Ruffwear.  I have personally heard Carol say about the products, “they just get it”.  Elliot loves the cooler vest.

http://www.backcountry.com/ruffwear-swamp-cooler-dog-vest?CMP_SKU=RUF0097&MER=0406&skid=RUF0097-ICEBL-XS&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&mv_pc=r101&mr:trackingCode=B3B6FC8F-8DFE-E211-92D4-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=25483641825&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=20762933025&mkwid=saTwqJrZ6_dc%7Cpcrid%7C25483641825&gclid=CjkKEQjw75CcBRCz2LiEs5OPsZoBEiQADgUma9gf28gxF8uc9tKH3cPXxXZBjEzKuBuIX76Od94vqpnw_wcB

(and he’s already SO COOL!)

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Finally, if your dog does burn up his paw pads on the hot city street, bag balm works great as a salve.  But, again, prevention is even better than a cure and we have found that dog booties are really helpful.  Yes, they’re ridiculous looking, but they protect your dogs paws and can even be used in the icey horror that is sure to return in December.  http://www.petco.com/product/110625/PAWZ-Dog-Boots.aspx

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Now you know how best to protect your best friend!  So go out there and enjoy the sun!

 

 

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Julie Bee
Julie Bee loves taking adventures with her gigantic dog and more regular sized kid and posting pictures of said adventures on Instagram. She resides in a very tiny, picturesque mountain town where she is a Special Education teacher. She can sometimes be found reading poetry behind microphones but more often is on the couch watching reruns of Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Gilmore Girls.

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