As the temperatures climb, keeping your dog hydrated and cool while you’re outside can become a challenge.  By the end of June, you’ll have one hot dog!  While you should always watch your dog’s hydration and check for signs of heat stroke, there are some shortcuts to cooling off if you’ll be outdoors in the heat.  These are come great ways to keep your dog chilled and comfortable when the mercury rises.
Ice Cubes
Keeping your dog cool doesn’t have to be tough!  Many dogs will chomp on ice cubes without any direction.  If choking is a possible concern, just bust up the ice or plop it in her water.  A huge ice cube filled with freezer-safe, large rubber toys can be a great way to keep your pet entertained.
Brothy Cubes
Pour some low-sodium chicken or beef broth into your ice cube tray and freeze.  Your dog will lick and chomp on the cubes.  Bonus?  Keep some of those cubes for yourself.  It’s really handy to have frozen portions of broth for cooking!
For the Love of Liver
Chop chicken or beef liver into bite size pieces.  Spread parchment or wax paper on a sheet pan and freeze the pieces individually.  Once frozen, transfer to a Ziploc freezer bag.  Limit to one or two pieces daily, but your dog will enjoy this treat!  Worried about food safety?  Boil them first.
So Cheesy
Like the rest of us, dogs love cheese.  Freeze little cubes of cheese or add cheese to your brothy cubes.  Offer your dog no more than a cube or two a day. 
Hot Diggity Dog
Cut a hot dog into length-wise strips and freeze it.  Dogs love hot dogs!
Baby Your Dog
Dogs really love most commercial baby foods.  Freeze vegetable veggie foods in muffin tins then store them in Ziploc bags.
The Kongsicle
Fill your Kong with your favorite mash–be it a peanut butter mix or a kibble mix.  Freeze overnight.
Commercial Pupsicles
If you’re not a DIY maven or you’re concerned about getting the right recipe for your pooch, there are a lot of great commercial frozen dog treats on the market that will remove the guesswork–and the elbow grease–from the equation.  Choose treats that seem to have good incredients and a solid balance of nutrition–and check the sodium!
Like every treat, the key is moderation.  Don’t offer your dog too many treats in one day or too many frozen treats in a row–especially if he seems to be eating them quickly.  As always, if you have any concerns, just as your vet.  And remember–keep cool while you and Rover have fun in the sun!

Posted on 2014-06-03 by