It’s super hot outside! And keeping your pet cool can be a real concern. Here are some snacks and ideas for helping your pet beat the heat!
- Frozen pumpkin or sweet potato puree: Dogs and cats love the taste, so you don’t even have to do anything to get them to eat frozen pumpkin or sweet potato cubes. Just throw them in a popsicle mold or ice cube tray and serve them straight to your pet. This can get messy if they take it out of the bowl! Giving your pet frozen treats can help lower their core temperature by cooling them from the inside out. You don’t want to give them anything with added sugar or xylitol. Our purees are 100% pure pumpkin and sweet potato with nothing added, ever.
- Ice in the water bowl: This is a pretty simple trick! You can add ice to your pet’s water, or freeze the entire water bowl into an ice block if you have the space.
- Freezeable treat toys: A fillable toy is a great way to help your pet beat the heat. You can fill any pet-safe toy with Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin or Sweet Potato and freeze it overnight for a healthy, cool snack. Not all treat toys are fillable with purees so look for one that can be used with liquids. Puzzle toys and soft toys generally aren’t suited for this use.
- Gel pad: Gel pads can give your pet a place to lie down that’s cooler than the ground. You don’t have to plug them in, either. Use with supervision, especially with super chewers! You wouldn’t want to leave a pet unattended with one of these if they might tear it up.
- Tiles: If your pet can’t be trusted with a gel pad, tile floors are a great option. Tile stays cooler than other types of flooring, and if you don’t already have a tile floor, you can always buy a few large tiles at a home improvement store and freeze them overnight before putting them outside.
- Baby pool/sprinkler: Put a wading pool or sprinkler in the shade for your animal so they have extra access to water for cooling off.
- Cooling vest: For some wearable air conditioning, there are vests you can soak in water which help cool your animal by evaporation. You’d never want to freeze these vests because your pet could get frostbite anywhere the vest comes into contact with skin.
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