Did you know? While we cool off through sweat glands all over our bodies, dogs only sweat from two places: their nose and paw pads. Panting is the most efficient way for dogs to release heat.

Who is most at risk for overheating?

• Elderly pets
• Pets with thick or dark-colored coats
• Overweight pets
• Pets with flat faces
• Pets with respiratory or heart conditions

Warning signs your dog is overheating

• Glazed eyes
• Vomiting
• Bright red tongue and gums
• Elevated body temperature
• Heavy panting
• Excessive drooling

summer heat

 

Homemade Catsicles
What you’ll need:

• 8 oz carton of Cat-Sip milk, or similar lactose-free milk for cats
• 1 can of your cat’s favorite wet food (not chunky)
• A couple pinches of catnip (optional)
• Ice cube trays

Instructions:
• Mix ingredients until smooth.
• Spoon or pour mixture into ice cube trays.
• Freeze, covered, for at least 3 hours.
• Pop one into a bowl for a tasty summertime treat!

Ice Pops for Your Pup
What you’ll need:

• 1 ripe, mashed banana
• 32 oz plain yogurt
• 3 T smooth peanut butter, unsalted and unsweetened
• 2 T honey (optional)

Instructions:
• Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
• Pour into ice cube trays or 3-oz paper cups.
• Freeze for at least 3 hours in airtight container.
• Pop out of molds and place in bowl for a salty-sweet summertime treat!