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Keeping Fido Cool

May 1, 2021

Summer isn’t far off now! Florida can get really hot at this time of year. The heat can be pretty dangerous for our canine companions. Fido has a fur coat on, and he can easily overheat on sweltering days. Read on for some great tips from a Sarasota, FL vet on helping your pup stay cool.

Keep Fido Out Of The Sun

Limit the time that Fido spends in direct sunlight in summer. Walk and play with him in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a little cooler.

Offer A Kiddie Pool

If you have a yard for your four-legged friend to play in, get him a kiddie pool or sprinkler to splash around in. You will want to get a filter from your hose if you use reclaimed water on your lawn.

Cooling Pads

There a re a few different styles of these to choose from. Do some research and read reviews before shopping. You can also get your pup a cooling pad to sprawl out on. There are DIY options for these as well. For the vest, tie a bandana around Fido’s neck and soak it with water. For the pad, keep a towel in the freezer.


Florida’s beautiful white sand beaches offer a great way to cool down. If Fido likes swimming, you can go ahead and take him to a dog-friendly spot. Just put safety first. Bring plenty of water along. Also, time it right, so your pet isn’t out on the sand during the hottest part of the day. (For more tips on this, see our previous blog on taking your canine friend to the beach.)


Keepin g Fido properly hydrated is absolutely crucial at this time of year. If you have a big house, a yard, and/or more than one dog, set out multiple watering stations.


Want to score some tail wags and happy dances? Get Fido a pet fountain! Some of these just keep your furry buddy’s water moving, which helps it stay fresh. If you want to go all-out, get one that shoots water into the air when your pooch steps on it.

Cold Sna  cks

There’s j ust no better way to cool off on a hot day than by savoring a cool snack. Pick up some doggy ice cream for Fido!

As your local Sarasota, FL veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please contact us anytime!

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