Dogs love to be outside, but sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate. If the summer heat has got your dog down, making him a DIY dog ice lick could help him cool off. They are simple to make, and won't cost you a penny!
Cooling down a dog may be something you think about in the extreme heat of summer, but it's important first-aid information to have on hand all year long. This knowledge could come in handy if you're traveling to a warmer climate or if your dog gets overheated inside while doing activities in the winter months.
Did you know that it's possible for your dog to get heat stroke? Signs that your dog is overheating include:
- excessive panting
- bright red gums
- slowed response time
- rapid heart rate
When your dog is overheated, his body temperature will be above 103˚ Fahrenheit. When your dog’s body temperature rises to 106˚ Fahrenheit or higher, he is at serious risk of suffering a heat stroke.
A drastic increase in body temperature puts a strain on your pet’s bodily systems as they fight to cool themselves down. Like overheating, heatstroke taxes your dog’s body. However, it stresses the body to a point where the organs are at substantial risk of shutting down completely.
In layman's terms, keeping your dog cool when it's hot outside will ensure his safety along with making him more comfortable. Having a DIY dog ice lick in the freezer is a quick and easy way to be prepared for a hot summer day.
DIY Dog Ice Lick for Hot Summer Days
Making an ice lick is simple. All you need is an airtight container, some water and a few of your dog's favorite toys and treats. Place a layer of treats and toys in the container and then pour enough water in to cover them.
Secure the lid and put the container in the freezer. It should be completely frozen within 4-6 hours. I like to plan ahead and prepare the ice lick a day in advance. I freeze it overnight and then I don't have to worry about it having a liquid center.
When it's frozen, you can pop the ice lick right out of the container. As you can see in my video above, I put the ice lick outside so I don't have to clean up a mess indoors. You could put in a large bowl or on a large plate if you'd like your dog to have it inside.
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