Posted on: 12 June 2017Share
The dog days of summer will soon be here. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean your dog is well-suited for the temperatures. In fact, summer heat can be particularly devastating for your dog, even if it's in a cool environment. If you're going to be gone all day, or over the weekend, make sure your dog has plenty of water. You don't want your dog to get dehydrated, and suffer a medical emergency while you're away. Here are three simple methods for making sure your dog has plenty of fresh water while you're away during those hot, summer days.
Leave a Block of Ice
If your dog likes to take things slow when it comes to its water, buy a block of ice. Before you leave, bring out a large roasting pan and place the block inside it. Leave the roasting pan in the kitchen, where your dog will have easy access to it. Be sure to leave its regular water bowl out with fresh water in it too. It's also a good idea to add some cubed ice to your dog's regular water bowl. The ice will help keep the water cool. This is particularly important for your dog's outdoor water bowls, which can become quite warm during the summer.
Open the Toilet
If you're going to be gone all weekend, and you're worried that your dog will run out of fresh water, open the toilet. No, you might not want it drinking out of there on a regular basis, but the toilet bowl contains a ready supply of fresh, cool water. Just be sure that you don't use cleansing additives in the tank. One good thing about leaving the toilet open is that it will provide 24-hour access to fresh water, which will be important if you happen to be delayed while you're away.
Go Overboard Outside
If you don't have a faucet that you can safely leave on while you're gone, bring on the extra buckets. Before you leave, fill several buckets and place them throughout the yard, especially in cool, shady spots. The buckets will ensure that your dog has fresh water wherever it roams in the yard. It's also a good idea to leave a small pan of food near the buckets. That way it has fresh food while it's outside too.
If you're going to be leaving your dog alone during the summer, don't forget about the water. For safety precautions, if your dog appears weak, lethargic, or sick after being left alone during the summer, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. It could be suffering from heat sickness.