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Getting through the dog days of summer

posted July 5th, 2013 by
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I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July!

As the summer fun continues, here are some new ideas for helping your furry friends beat the heat:

Puppy Ice Pops

Make your own frozen treats for your pups by freezing chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays. Make sure you are using fat-free, low sodium broth without any onion ingredients.

Serve them up to your pup for a crunchy treat or add a few to the water bowl to keep it cool and add some flavor.

For more frozen treat ideas, visit http://dogs.about.com/od/recipes/qt/Cool-Treats-For-Hot-Dogs.htm.

Cool down

For some cool entertainment, try freezing one of your pet’s favorite toys or treats.

Fill a large container halfway with water and add the toy. Allow it to freeze, fill the rest of the way with water and put it back in the freezer.

Give your pooch the block of ice containing his favorite toy on a hot afternoon and let him have at it.

Chill out

And for the dogs (or cats!) who would most like to spend their time lounging, check out these cooling mats on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/PlayaPup-Chiller-Pressure-Activated-Non-Toxic/dp/B0062AU7FK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1373058499&sr=8-2&keywords=cooling+dog+bed.

Pressure activated, these mats require no electricity or water and cool pets down 7 to 9 degrees.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]