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12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

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12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

Having a senior Newfoundland in the hot weather months can sometimes be a challenge.

The older Sherman and Leroy get the more I worry about the heat of summer affecting them in negative ways.

With their thick double coat, this breed was made for cool weather but that doesn’t mean they can’t live in warm climates, it just means that you have to take a few extra steps to keep them comfortable in the summer months.

Here are a few things that have helped the boys over the years beat the heat of summer.

1. A mister.

This is something I learned about several years and I can’t remember from where, but it’s super easy to do.

I wrapped a hose around a pole and I used a bungee cord to hold it in place.

You can buy misters or you can rig up your own.

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather


2. A doggie pool or sprinkler.

Offering a dog pool for your senior dog to was in can be a great way to let them cool down if they’re going to be outside for prolonged periods of time with you.

Sherman is in serious love with his pool and as soon as he sees the hose filling it up, he’s in.

Make sure it’s in a shady area and that the water is cool and clean. You can even add some ice to it! You can also get fun dog friendly sprinklers like the one below!

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

3. Buckets of water.

I place buckets of water outside or our DIY Muddy Paw Wash Station if I’m going to out there for a while doing yard work in hot weather.

While Sherman will lounge in his pool for hours, Leroy doesn’t like going in the kiddie pool but he has no problem trying to stuff his legs into a bucket of water. I’m just here to make them happy,  not to question their motives.

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather


4. Ice.

Ice can be a great treat for some dogs and it can also be very refreshing when added to their water bowl. You can crush it if you’re concerned about it damaging their teeth or you can use ice cubes trays or molds to make cute shapes.

The other day I made star-shaped ice cubes and in the past, I’ve used bone shaped molds to make thinner cubes.

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

5. Cool Treats.

If ice isn’t your dog’s thing, you can search for Pinterest for some fun frozen treats to offer them.

There’s a ton of fun recipes that I’ve seen floating around like watermelon, blueberry, and even cantaloupe! Last week I made these delicious cucumber/watermelon treats for the boys and they love them!

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

6. Pet Cooling Mats 

Pet cooling mats are one of our favorite products.

The one we have is a pressure activated mat that cools when the dogs lay on it. We have 2 and since they fold up small we take one with us in the car when we travel in the summer.

7. Dog Water Fountain.

Dogs need to stay hydrated during the summer and water fountains are a great way to offer them clean, filtered, cold water throughout the day.

We have the PetSafe Indoor/Outdoor Fountain so in the summer I fill half the water canisters with water and freeze them.

This way the dogs have a constant flow of cool water!

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather


8. Good grooming.

Right before the heat of summer hits, I’ll line comb.

This removes a lot of the loose, dead hair and makes way for air to flow through their coats.

The last few years I’ve been clipping the hair down on Sherman’s stomach so that he can really benefit from the cool ground that he lies on.

9. Fans

While we always have the air conditioner on in the summer we also have multiple floor fans around the house for the boys.

We have the standard box fans and tower fans and we even keep one outside on the back patio.

But keep in mind that dogs don’t sweat as humans do so while a fan may work a little bit, if it’s warm in the house than the fan isn’t doing much but blowing the warm air on the dog. 

Last year I put a plastic water bottle in the freezer and then hung it in the back of one of our floor fans to test out of it would provide more cool air. It seemed to work pretty well!

10. Air Conditioner.

I am one of those people who love to have the windows open as much as I can but the Newfs being comfortable comes first.

We have floor vents and they lay their big fluffy bodies across them whenever they get a chance. I know that I sleep better when I’m cool rather than when I’m warm so I would assume that would do the same for dogs.

11. Swimming.

If you have access to a lake or swimming pool, swimming can be a great summer exercise for senior dogs.

It’s low impact and can help those arthritic joints. Just make sure to limit their time in the water so that they’re not exhausting themselves.

12 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Cool In Hot Weather

12. Keep Walks Short and Travel To a Minimum. 

We usually do our walks at dusk in the summer and adjust the distance for heat and humidity.

I don’t like to travel with Sherman and Leroy much in the hot weather because they get excited and worked up and then they got and it’s hard to get them to cool down.

We’ll take short trips somewhere but the days of putting them in the car and going for a hike are over.

So that’s’ some of the ways I keep my senior dogs cool in hot weather. Now it’s your turn. What are some ways you keep your dogs cool in the summer?

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My Golden Life

Sunday 10th of June 2018

We tried a kiddie pool for Callie and Shadow when they were still pups, but they didn't like it. Ducky would love to have one, but the hubby says no way. So, she plays in the one at daycare. Luckily we have a lot of shade in our backyard because with her double coat, Shadow much prefers it over the hot sun. But Ducky is a sun worshipper to the point where I have to grab her toy and throw it into a shady part of the yard.

Cathy Armato

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Definitely great advice. We lived in Phoenix for over 9 years so I'm real familiar with misters! I like your DIY mister, that's pretty cool (pun intended!). We have a cooling mat and I Love it as much as my Husky does - Yes, we lived in Phoenix w/ a Husky. They can live quite happily in hot climates - she hates humidity much more than the heat. The mat is so great, easy to travel with and store away. My dogs never like the pool & wouldn't go in it but they like lakes, shallow mild rivers and very mild ocean waters. Adorable photos! Love & Biscuits, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Tails Around the Ranch

Friday 1st of June 2018

Brilliant ideas and I love some of your 'hacks.' Hope you have a cool weekend!

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