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In California, it's not unusual to get some pretty hot temps in September, and last weekend was no exception. LilPeaPod took Samson camping for the first time, and not only was he totally overwhelmed with nature, it was also super hot. It's pretty well known that smooshies don't do well with heat or swimming, so taking a dip in the lake was out of the question. LilPeaPod explains how she kept little Samson cool in the blazing hot 95-degree weather with a little ice:

Since Samson can't swim, I decided to bring the water to him by using our melted ice from our cooler. I soaked his collar and a towel to keep his body temp down while he slept in the shade. We also gave him plenty of ice to snack on (which he loves, obviously) – it kept him cool until the temps dropped that evening!

If your pets can't swim, it's pretty easy to keep them comfy with a few ice cubes and some water! What are your surefire ways to keep your pets cool in the hot weather?

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moss1080 moss1080 8 years
Be careful when giving your pets ice cubes. I have two pugs and my vet recommended that I avoid giving them ice cubes at all times. He told me that many pet owners have killed their overheated pugs by giving them ice cubes. Bottom line, talk to your vet first.
N9N0 N9N0 8 years
That's the biggest stick EVAR!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Pet - I wonder, are ice cubes bad for dog's teeth the way they are bad for my teeth? (how chewing them ruins your enamel)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I put ice cubes in their water bowl (I have indoor cats). And they really liked sleeping in my closet, where it was always cool.
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
Love this pic! So cute! ;)
ichicas ichicas 8 years
Our dog loves the water, in the summer we fill up his kiddy pool (1/2 way) and leave it under the shady part of our yard (we dump it at night so the mosquitoes don't go into it) when we get home we put on the sprinklers and let him go nuts! We have a doggy door so he can go in/out to the garage to cool off.
cageyme cageyme 8 years
We go to the pond on really hot days. Joe loves to swim. Then it's home to the AC and a Frosty Paw. If it is too hot and humid, we actually minimize outdoor time. I can't imagine running around with all that fur on. :dog:
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Where I live it's 100+ most of the year so we don't get to hang out outside as much as I wish we did. We put ice cubes in B-Bops water so that it's always really cold and he always lies down on the tile, not the rugs or anything. I can't wait for it to start cooling down so we can go to the dog park more often!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
i was at an agility trial this weekend in 100+ degree temps. they had small tubs and pools filled with water for the dogs. my sheltie walked right up to the tub and jumped in ... just standing there letting the water cool him - it was very funny. the water was deep, too, so half his body was underwater. he must have been really hot to hop in there all on his own.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
great tips for my puggy...bailey can swim, so it is not as much of an issue. we have a life vest for jager so he can join in on the fun too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
it's too cold here to need to "cool down" haha!
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