Monthly Archives: July 2016
The weather has been pretty warm lately (and our furry friends are noticing it, too). It’s probably a good time to be thinking about ways we can help keep our pets cool.
Dogs are more susceptible to heat stress than humans as they can’t sweat and often have coats that are not suited to warmer climates (particularly double-coated arctic breeds).
Staffy’s and dogs with snub-noses are also inclined to overheat and then develop breathing difficulties, which is often compounded by a desire to obsessively fetch that ball until the point of collapse!
So we have put together a few tips to keep your dog cool this summer:
Provide a shallow pool, like those clam-shell sandpit creations that kids use. The quickest way for your dog to cool down is by standing or lying in some water.
Provide multiple stainless steel water bowls in shady areas rather than plastic bowls and change at least once daily.
Use an elevated dog bed such as a trampoline bed.
Provide a fan (one that can’t be knocked over, and with a cord that is protected from chewing if your dog is so inclined!).
Avoid walks during 10-4pm, on really hot days walk at dawn and dusk.
Never leave your dog in the car, even for 5 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase rapidly to fatal temperatures.
Freeze some 2L water bottles, wrap them in a tea towel and place them near pet resting areas.
Make some pupsicles (you can use many food items such as salt reduced (onion free) stock, dog food or peanut butter and freeze in anything from an old icecream container to a muffin tin.
Use a sprinkler on a timer to come on in the middle of the day.
Hang some wet towels to create a simple air conditioner.
Allow your dog to dig a hole to lie in if the garden can stand it.
Enjoy the summer! We hope these tips will keep your dog cool over those long summer days.
Frozen Peanut Butter and Yogurt Treats
I think we can call it: Summer is here. It’s time to whip out the ice blocks, but what about something to keep our pups cool? We found a five minute recipe for peanut butter and yogurt frozen treats that they will absolutely love.
This one is insanely simple, and comes courtesy of the blog 17 Apart, where you can also find some other great recipes if you’re interested.
All you need is plain Greek yogurt and natural peanut butter. Yep, that’s it.
These guys have done them in a heart-shaped ice cube mold, which makes them even more special.
First up, it might be easiest to melt the peanut butter a little bit. That way you can easily spoon a little bit into the bottom of each heart and it will settle right into the mould. You don’t need too much peanut butter, it’s more to add a touch of flavor with the yogurt.
Second, spoon some yogurt on top and press it in so that it fills the mold. You might need to tap the ice cube tray on the bench a couple of times. Then just use the back of the spoon to level it off flat across the top.
Finally, pop it in the freezer and once they’re frozen, pull one out for your pup to try. Couldn’t be easier!
If they are a bit cold for your pup’s mouth, you could always try slotting them into a Kong toy for them to lick at as they melt.