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Keeping Dogs Safe in the Heat

As the temperature rises, the cool, rainy days come to an end, and summer is in full swing, it's essential to prioritize the safety and well-being of your furry friends. JAX has valuable tips and tricks to help you keep your dog safe, cool, and comfortable during the hot summer months.

Hydration is Key:

Staying hydrated is critical for your dog's health, especially during hot weather. Make sure that there is cool water always available for your dog. It’s a great idea to leave a bowl inside and another in the backyard, so your furry friend is always near a water source!   Additionally, when you're out and about, carry a portable water bottle and a collapsible bowl, so your dog can stay hydrated on the go.

Create Shade:

Dogs love to bask in the sun, but it's key to provide them with an option for a shady spot to escape the heat. Whether it's under a tree, a covered patio, or using a pop-up shade, make sure they always have access to a cool and shaded area. It can be extremely dangerous, or even fatal, to leave your dog out in direct sunlight.

Avoid Peak Heat Hours:

Just like humans, dogs can be more susceptible to heatstroke during the hottest hours of the day. Plan your dog's outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This way, you can still enjoy walks, playtime, and exercise without putting them at risk of overheating. It’s vital to be intuitive and mindful of your dog’s heat tolerance.

Protect Their Paws:

The pavement can become scorching hot and burn your dog's sensitive paw pads. Before heading out for a walk, test the ground with your hand. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your furry friend. Opt for grassy walks or use booties to protect their paws from the heat. Remember, a dog's paws are their only mode of transportation, so let's keep them comfortable!

Freeze the Fun:

Looking for a tasty and refreshing treat for your pup? Freeze their favorite snacks! Fill a Kong toy with frozen treats or fill an ice cube tray or popsicle mold with a dog bone broth, like from Nulo. Make it even more fun with some mashed fruits like bananas or blueberries or a Nulo Stew. These frozen delights will not only keep your dog entertained and provide great mental exercise but also help them cool down on hot days.

Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car:

This is a crucial rule that cannot be stressed enough. Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature inside a parked car can skyrocket within minutes, putting your dog's life at risk. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, even for a quick errand. It's always better to leave them at home, in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s never worth the risk. JAX is happy to welcome leashed dogs in our stores.

Monitor Signs of Overheating:

Knowing the signs of overheating in dogs is one of the most important safety measures you can take. Symptoms include panting, drooling, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, weakness, and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately move your dog to a cool area, offer them water, and wet their paws and ears with a damp cloth. Contact your veterinarian if the symptoms persist or worsen.


With these tips and tricks, you and your furry best friend are ready to tackle the summer heat. It’s our responsibility as pet parents to prioritize their well-being. By providing shade, and hydration, and keeping an eye out for signs of overheating, we can make this summer fun-filled for us and our pets. JAX is here to help you and your dog take on the summer heat so you can explore the outdoors with them, in the safest way possible!

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