Whether you're still enjoying the many pleasures of summer, or so over it and eyeing the pumpkin displays at Michaels longingly, the fact is that we still have a chunk of hot-weather time left before we get into the nippy winds, scarlet leaves, and slow-cooker chili season. And as long as meteorologists are regularly including phrases like "heat index" and "scorcher" in their forecasts, you need to be careful about keeping your dog safe on the hottest of days.
As much as we may consider our pets to be our "fur babies," we have to remember that they're built a little differently from humans. For instance, while we can keep our body temperature regulated in hot weather through sweating, dogs stay cool mostly by panting and a little bit of sweating through their paw pads, according to PetMD. In addition, dogs are so naturally playful and eager to please that they'll go for a long walk or play an extended game of catch in the warm sun, which can put them at risk for heatstroke, according to VetStreet.
No need to spend the rest of the summer cooped in the air-conditioned house, however. With these hacks to keep your dog cool under your belt, you and your pet should be able to make the most of the last weeks of the season. (Trust us: It won't be long before you start sighing about the freezing temps and the piles of snow that need shoveling.)