It’s getting hot, hot, hot and super humid here in Northern Virginia. Between the humidity and high temperatures, July near the Nation’s Capital can be unbearable sometimes. I long for the day where I have 24/7 access to a pool that Ralph, Luna, and I can all use to cool off. Until then, we have to make a few special adjustments during summertime to enjoy the nice weather when it’s available and not overheat the rest of the time.

How to Beat the Heat and Enjoy Summer with Your Dog - #sponsored by Wellness CORE RawRev

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about the Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ raw dog food, but Beagles & Bargains only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness or PetSmart are responsible for the content of this article.

Last month, I shared information on a new dog food that just recently hit the market this year – Wellness® CORE® RawRev™. Wellness Pet Food in conjunction with their CORE RawRev launch has given us the opportunity to share how we keep cool while still enjoying summer.

Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ wants to fuel dogs with quality foods so that they can thrive from the core. By arming pet parents with information on how to beat the heat, we are working to ensure pets are both happy and healthy all summer long.

Tips to Beat the Heat & Enjoy Summer with Your Dog

Utilize mornings and evenings well. They’ll likely be the coolest time of day and the best option for extended walks. How you feel outside after the sun has gone down or before it’s fully risen can be an incredible change from the middle of the day. Both you and your dog will want to stay out longer, so plan for it!

Minimize your time out mid-day. Generally the hottest part of the day is at 3 PM, so it’s good practice to avoid being outside from Noon to 3 PM. If you’re anything like me, you avoid that part of the day anyways, so you don’t become crispy and bright red. If you have to go out when the heat is at its peak, limit your time outside. It’s okay to take a purely business walk, especially if you follow it up in the evening with a longer one or pair it with some indoor activities.

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Check ground temperatures to avoid burns or damage to your dog’s paws. You can do this with your own foot or the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for you to walk comfortably on bare foot, then it is too hot for them!

Asphalt will heat up fastest and retain the most heat, followed by concrete sidewalks. Utilize grassy areas and dirt paths as they will likely be the coolest. If you have a paved area in your backyard, you can cool it down by spray it with water before your dog goes out. If you live in a super hot area, you may want to look into dog booties to help protect your dog’s paw pads. We have been using Pawz for this!

Have plenty of water available. Your dog should have access to fresh water 24/7. At home, you should check your dog’s water bowl or fountain constantly. Depending on the number of dogs or the size of your dog, you may need to provide more than one. When you’re on the go, make sure you also have water with you. Offer water to your dog often and bring enough along for you too!

Tips to Beat the Heat and Enjoy Summer with Your Dog - #sponsored by Wellness CORE RawRev

Remember, dogs don’t sweat like humans. They pant. This is a normal behavior and how they exchange heat, so don’t try to stop it! Fun fact – dogs actually do sweat a little, but only from the nose and paw pads.

Look for general signs of dehydration. Though dogs will pant (see above), they shouldn’t drool excessively. Obviously some breeds drool more than others, so it is important to know your dog’s drool base line. If your dog become lethargic, has bloodshot eyes, or appears pale, they might be dehydrated. When lifted, a dog’s skin may also take longer than usual to fall back into place if they are dehydrated.

Keep your dog’s energy up by feeding them a high protein diet. During hot summer days, you want to ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and full of energy for any upcoming adventures. Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ is especially designed to be a high protein diet which leads to lean body mass and increased muscle tone. It is also especially designed to support whole-body health and longevity in dogs.

Tips to Beat the Heat and Enjoy Summer with Your Dog - #sponsored by Wellness CORE RawRev

Try out cooling towels or mats, especially if your dog has a thick coat. Breeds with thick coats all year round are going to get warmer faster, so you may need to take extra precautions. You could pick up a cooling mat like this one or trying out those fast acting cooling towels. We brought both along on our road trip to Arizona last year and the dogs loved them! Fun fact – dogs cool from the bottom up, so it is more beneficial for them to lay on a cool mat or towel than draping it over their back.

Dogs can get sunburned too! If your dog has lighter colored fur or pigment on their nose, this is especially important to remember. Dog sunburn is very similar to humans – red and irritated skin. Find out more info on how to treat sunburn in dogs here.

Tips to Beat the Heat and Enjoy Summer with Your Dog - #sponsored by Wellness CORE RawRev

Check weather forecasts and adjust accordingly. Don’t plan a long day out when the weather is too hot, but do utilize those few days where the heat breaks to do something fun outside with your dog. Cool weather can be very rare in the summer depending on where you live, so take full advantage of it. You’ll be sad if you don’t!

Keep a list of possible fun outdoor activities handy. When a nice weather day comes by, you’ll be prepared for fun day without too much planning. Don’t have one? We’ve got one for you, right here.

Always allow for time to rest. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure you give time for your dog to rest EVEN if they still want you to throw the darn ball. Pick out a shady spot and have them lay down. Try out one of your cooling devices (see above) and have water readily available.

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Allow your dog to dig. This may seem like an annoying habit, but is actually a natural way dogs cool themselves down. If you’re at the beach, out camping, or on a hike, you may notice your dog wanting to do this. It’s okay! Just make sure they don’t throw the dirt or sand in the direction of an innocent bystander – something Luna LOVES to do.

Never EVER leave your dog in a hot car. Just don’t do it. If your dog can’t come into a store or building with you, don’t bring them along in the summer. If you are traveling alone with your pet, I recommend trying to stop at pet stores to use the restroom and utilizing drive-thrus for food.

About Wellness® CORE® RawRev™

Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ is a brand new dog food brought to you by Wellness Pet Food. It allows you to incorporate a raw food diet easily and safely in every meal. The food is a mixture of high protein, grain free kibble and 100% freeze dried raw meat pieces. Learn even more about Wellness® CORE® RawRev™ in our previous post here.

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Jessica Shipman

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Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Sherry Shipman

    Keto says he is getting a haircut and demanding a pupsicle, in the mean time he is parked on the AC floor vent.

  • sandy weinstein

    i went to petsmart today and some idiot left their dog in the car. the police were called. dont know what happened. how stupid, it is 96 outside.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    When do you move? Have a safe and fun trip!

  • I’m commenting in response to the statement that this food allows dog owners to incorporate a raw food diet easily and safely which is inadvertently feeding into the myths that are being perpetuated by kibble brands.

    A raw food diet is 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% offal (which are the secreting organs like pancreas, kidneys, spleen, etc.). Kibble is an inflammatory, which leads to joint issues, digestive issues, and allergies in many dogs. The reason some of us have chosen raw dog food is that it’s not an inflammatory, we know all of the ingredients and their sourcing, and our dogs are thriving.

    I completely get why a kibble company would want to co-opt the term “raw feeding” into their marketing campaign, but kibble is not raw.

    Raw feeding is safe. We practice the same cleanliness standards as you would if you cooked a turkey dinner. We wash our hands, utensils, counters, dog dishes. The myth that the bacteria in raw will harm dogs is something that has been debunked many times. Dogs are equipped to handle the bacteria – they have enzymes in their saliva that kill bacteria, their gut is inhospitable to bacteria, and their digestive tract is shorter, allowing them to process and push food through quickly.

    Raw feeding is easy. With so many premade raw brands on the market, raw feeding is just as easy as pouring kibble into a dog dish.

    Mixing raw with kibble, however, can be harmful. Kibble puts dogs into a perpetual state of dehydration unless their owners soak the kibble in water to ensure that they’re getting enough. Added freeze-dried pellets contribute to the dehydration. Plus, the freeze-dried protein is lower on the list of ingredients showing that although this brand is co-opting the “raw dog food” terminology, it’s not raw as they’re claiming – they’re adding enough freeze-dried bits to jump on the bandwagon.

    I do think it’s amazing that brands are providing better quality foods in response to the demand by dog owners who want to feed their dogs better. If kibble is the best they can do, soaking their kibble in bone broth to add additional nutrients and make it easier for dogs to digest is an easy step to incorporate.

    • beaglesbargains

      Thank you for your comment Kimberly. I’m sorry if the wording I used offended you. I actually specifically wrote this article and the one that came before it in a way so that I would not directly compare to raw feeding. My goal was NOT to start a war on raw or say anything negative against it.

      In fact, this post was focused on ways to enjoy summer and to cool off with your dog. While it was sponsored by Wellness CORE RawRev, it did not focus on the food.

      I believe that feeding raw is safe and can be done reasonably easily with experience or a large enough budget. I also know and understand that feeding kibble even with dehydrated raw pieces is not the same as feeding a full raw diet.

      I have long envied your ability to lock down on your passion of raw feeding and build a successful blog and income stream from it. I have long respected your expertise in both pet nutrition and blogging. And, I have long valued the pet blogging community because even though so many of us have different opinions and practices, we respect and support one another.

      I appreciate your input. I honestly do, but I also know that there will likely never be a time where I can afford (in time or money) to prep and feed my dogs a raw food diet full time.

      Raw feeding is difficult. That’s why there are tons of resources on the internet for raw feeding help and guidance. That’s why you’ve been able to build your website the way you have. There is a TON of information to take in to ensure you provide your dog a reasonable diet. Just like many things, raw feeding has a major learning curve. To many, including myself, it is intimidating and overwhelming., so from where I stand, raw feeding is not easy.

      Raw feeding can be made easy. You can practice. You can have years of experience. You can also use those pre-made options that you mentioned, but those are not cheap.

      Raw feeding is not cheap. To me, it’s not even close to affordable.

      I’ve seen your posts on how to save money while feeding raw and I think you have a great system, but that’s YOUR system. I don’t have a place to store multiple full sized freezers. I don’t even have a kitchen large enough for all the equipment I would need. And as far as I know, I don’t have access to an affordable, yet quality meat source (like a co-op).

      As an individual with two dogs, a limited budget, and limited amounts of free time, feeding raw just isn’t in the cards for me.

      Does that mean others shouldn’t do it? NO! I believe that you should feed the best you can afford and always put your dog’s diet first.

      Does that mean my dogs aren’t loved or well-fed? NO! I also believe that a person shouldn’t be shamed just because they don’t feed their dogs the same thing as you.

      And that’s the core of what my blog is about. It’s important for me to present options at a variety of different price points, so people can make the best decision based on their personalized situation.

      • I didn’t suggest that anyone should be ashamed by what they feed their dogs nor did I state that people who don’t feed raw don’t love their dogs the way I love my dogs.

        My comment is directed to the line that says that by feeding the food you’re promoting, which is kibble, a person is feeding a raw food diet. They are not feeding a raw food diet. They are feeding a kibble diet.

        It’s not about who is the better dog owner. It’s about the food. With so many dog owners researching what to feed their dogs and counting on bloggers to guide their decisions, I think it’s important to make that clarification.

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