Summer Comfort Tips For Elderly Dogs

Gresham Animal Hospital_5 Summer Comfort Tips for Elderly Dogs
While we pet parents may be equipped to handle rising summer temps, the same cannot be said for many of our aging pets. We must pay special attention to the need of our elderly pets, and in the summertime, they often need even more thoughtful accommodations. These few tips will help you keep your pets safe and comfortable all summer long, no matter how high the mercury rises.

1. The Wet Blanket Trick

Place a damp hand towel (or full-sized towel depending on the size of your dog) in your freezer for a great cooling aid. Use this simple cold pack to cool your dog’s head, neck, or groin where overheating can cause irritation and discomfort.

2. Keep Pupsicles at the Ready

A pupsicle is simply diluted chicken or beef broth, frozen in ice trays, and served to your dog in their water dish. On days where relentless temperatures have you both feeling lethargic, these custom cubes can perk up your pup lickety-split.

3. Save Walks for Twilight

Walking your constant companion as the sun dips below the horizon is a smart way to prevent heatstroke, not just for your pup for you as well. The sun is at its most intense between 11 am and 3 pm but can still affect you and your dog before and after that window. Save your daily stroll for the magic hour, when the sun is low, the skies just have begun to darken, and the cool breeze of the night has begun lifting your hairs.

4. Dedicate One Fan to Your Dog’s Favorite Lounging Area

Keep the air around your canine in constant motion to increase their comfort in sweltering summer days. Smaller desk fans can provide the perfect amount of air flow without disrupting your pet’s relaxation station.

5. Stay Hydrated

The foundation of summer survival is constant hydration — for you and your dog! Always have water ready for your buddy on outings (collapsible water dishes are a great addition to your daypack) and make sure their water dish at home is always full of fresh, clean water. Pupsicles are optional.
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.
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