It’s summer! That means the weather’s hot in Los Angeles and pet parents are looking for ways to keep themselves and their animals from overheating. Here are 11 ways to keep your pets cool!
We know it’s sunny out and it’s tempting to be outside, but scorching temperatures are rough on our furry friends. Hot pavement can burn delicate paws! One of the easiest ways to keep your pets cool is to simply keep them indoors.
Never underestimate the cooling effects of a fan. Turn on a ceiling fan or get a portable fan and set it to circulate air around the room. You’ll feel better in no time!
If you’re one of the lucky people in LA with air conditioning, then we salute you. If not, what are you waiting for? Don’t wait until the next heatwave to buy a window air conditioner. We assure you that all of them will be sold out. You’ll end up driving to Best Buy, Sears and Home Depot in one day in 110-degree heat for nothing. Trust us, we speak from experience.
No Hot Cars
Under absolutely no circumstances should you ever leave your pet in a car during the summer. Even on a 70-degree day, the vehicle’s interior can warm up to dangerous temperatures in mere minutes. So even if you’re running quick errands and parking in the shade, leave your pet at home instead of leaving them behind in a parked car.
Staying hydrated is important for pets all year round! Dogs and cats don’t regulate their body temperature like humans do and water is important for them to stay cool. Leave a bowl of cool water out for your pets at all times. When you leave the house with your animal, bring a bowl with you so your pet still has access to water.
If it’s warm out, chances are that your pet’s water is warming up real fast too. Drop some ice cubes in their bowl to keep the water cool.
By shade, we don’t mean “throwing shade.” We just mean getting out of the sun. Get yourself a giant umbrella and you’ll see what a huge difference it makes!
Regular swimming pools are awesome, but not exactly economically feasible for some of us. But kiddie pools are for everybody! Pro tip: Host a pool party with your friends — of both the human and doggy variety. You can even set up a snack table in the pool and have chairs with the front legs sticking in the pool so humans can cool their feet while they eat tasty treats. Meanwhile, their canine companions can swim!
Embrace your inner child and crank up the hose! If you have a sprinkler attachment, even better!
If the weather gets super hot, it’s time for a trip to the coast. Head to the beach for a nice cool dip in the water. We recommend Rosie’s Dog Beach in Los Angeles County!
No, that’s not a typo. Dogs love getting their own pupsicles. The easiest way to make them is simply by freezing low-sodium broth into cubes. You can also make them with plain yogurt and peanut butter. Yum!
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