Ice Bowl with Treats
Not only is it refreshingly cool, but it’s a great boredom buster and ensures your pets are staying hydrated.
Fill any size bowl, add in some treats (we like to use fruit that is looking a bit sad, blueberries are the favourite), and freeze overnight.
Either tip the frozen block out and replace for the next day, or leave it in the bowl so it stays frozen longer.
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Wet Towel in a Shady Spot
You don’t need to splash out on expensive cooling mats, a sodden towel will do the trick.
If it’s placed in a breezy spot, it will stay cooler longer.
We place our ice bowl on top of the towel so the towel cools down as the ice melts.
Talk about 2 birds, 1 stone.
Cool Down in the Pool
Kiddie pools are made for furkids too.
Cool down your pooch this summer with a shallow pool set up in a shaded spot.
We have a shell pool, however it’s not a great size for my bigger dog. Kmart have a $10 PVC pool that would be suitable for dogs of most sizes and cats who aren’t afraid of water.
Alternatively you can check gumtree for second hand pools.
For extra fun, throw in their favourite toys or treats.
Keep an eye on your pets when around water and beware of leaving the water all day as it can heat up as temperatures rise. It’s important to never force your dogs into the pool as this will create a bad experience for them.
Protect the Snoot
If you dog has short hair, it’s a good idea to use pet sunscreen on any exposed areas like their nose.Check out Canstars Pet Sunscreen review to find the best option for your furry friend.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on buying the latest doggie ice cream or gourmet frozen catnip.
A $2 bag of frozen vegetables from the supermarket are a great substitute. Save even more and reduce your waste by freezing vegetable offcuts and leftovers.
My Bulldog will eat anything, but my Italian Greyhound is a little picker, sometimes I will coat them in coconut oil or a little bit of peanut butter.
Broccoli is a favourite as they can chew them for a while… Or play with it.
Cost Free Cool Downs
- Avoid walking your pets when the temperature rises. Early mornings and evenings are best. If you place your hand on the footpath and it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for their paws
- Make sure to keep multiple water bowls around the house and yard.
- Do not leave your dog in a hot car.
- Avoid Christmas costumes. As cute as they may be, they can quickly cause pets to overheat.
Signs of Heatstroke
- Panting which increases as heatstroke progresses
- Drooling, salivating
- Agitation, restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Vomiting Diarrhea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion, delirium
- Dizziness, staggering
- Lethargy, weakness
- Muscle tremors
- Little to no urine production
Summer can be a scary time for pets with big storms rolling in, but it can be just as scary for us humans.
Make sure you are storm ready with our essential emergency kit and plan.