5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

With rising summer temperatures, your dog can really feel the heat. Keeping your dog cool is vital for his well being, as heat stroke in dogs is a life-threatening condition. Keep reading for 5 amazingly simple ways to keep your furry friends safe from the heat!

1. Water

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.53.52 AM While this may be obvious, it is an especially important step. If your dog finishes the bowl quickly, get a bigger bowl or get a few bowls. Enact a family roster to ensure that someone is remembering to check and refill the bowl throughout the day.

2. Kiddie Pool for the Furry Kids

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.59.20 AM Give your dog somewhere to get wet! Set up a small wading pool or similar container of water for your dog to jump into and keep his cool in the yard. (Cheap plastic child-sized pools are great for this) He might also like to run under the sprinkler.

3. Cool That Tummy

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.58.11 AM Let your dog spend the hottest part of the day in the coolest part of the house. Ever notice your dog sprawled across your tile floor on a hot day? Providing access to the cooler areas of your home is an easy way to ensure your furry friends don’t overheat! If you don’t have cool flooring or your dog is outside, you can apply this principal by soaking a towel in cold water and letting your dog lie on that.

4. Proper Grooming is Important

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.59.39 AM Have a groomer clip your dog’s fur. This is especially important for dogs with thick, long coats. Take care that your groomer does not shave the dog completely. Leaving skin exposed can increase the chances of sunburn. The undercoat is actually part of a dog’s natural cooling system, but if not properly maintained it can become matted and prevent air flow across your dogs skin. Frequent brushing helps remove and “dead” fur and keeps your pets coat healthy and comfortable.

5. Treats!

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.04.03 PM Give cool or cold treats or ice cubes, a few at a time.  Dog ice cream can be found in specialty or pet stores, but if you like you can make your own. Frozen broth popsicles are another easy frozen treat your dog will love; simply fill ice cube trays or popsicle molds with your (low-sodium) broth of choice, chill and serve! Chilled cucumber is another no-prep option that is full of water.   Heat stroke and overheating is a serious condition.  If your dog is panting excessively, moving sluggishly, acts woozy, or loses consciousness, call your veterinarian immediately!

Allergy Season: Identifying Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

Dog allergy symptoms can be hard to recognize, especially since dogs can suffer from allergies to a range of substances. Here are some tips on how to recognize dog allergy symptoms.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Seasonal allergies occur for three or four weeks during the spring and fall, and then disappear on their own. Seasonal allergy symptoms include:
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Parasite Allergies
Parasite allergies include allergies to flea and tick bites, which may worsen in the summer season. Symptoms include:
  • Itching
  • Chewing
  • Biting of the tail, stomach and inner legs
  • Inflammation
  • Hair loss

Food Allergies

Food allergies result from an ingredient in the food affecting the dog’s immune system. Food allergy symptoms include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Excessive scratching
  • Hot spots and skin infections
  • Chronic or recurrent ear infections
  • Hair loss

Contact Allergies

Contact allergies result from a part of the dog’s exterior body coming into contact with something. Symptoms of contact allergies in dogs include:
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Blisters
  • Darkening or thickening of the skin

Dog Friendly Restaurants In Long Beach

 There are many great restaurants in Long Beach, CA, US that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Need help deciding where to eat? Check out the listings below for a detailed description of each restaurant, along with pictures and reviews from other dog owners who’ve eaten there. Bone appetit!
Ambrosia Cafe

Ambrosia Cafe

Ambrosia Cafe is a great place for breakfast and lunch with an extensive menu and bar. Their garden patio has a fireplace and welcomes dogs.
The Peppercorner

The Peppercorner

Great breakfast and lunch menus featuring make-your-own omelettes, Chorizo, and chicken salad sandwiches. They have a large patio in front that is dog friendly and they provide water for the dogs
Wokcano Restaurant

Wokcano Restaurant

Wokcano serves sushi and a wide selection of traditional Japanese cuisine. Outdoor seating area welcomes dogs.
Cafe Sevilla Long Beach

Cafe Sevilla Long Beach

Cafe Sevilla Long Beach serves Spanish style tapas in a modern locale. Patio seating welcomes dogs.
Frosted Cupcakery

Frosted Cupcakery

Frosted Cupcakery makes amazing sweets for both you and your favorite pooch. And what dog wouldn’t love a Pup-cake?
La Creperie Cafe

La Creperie Cafe

The always busy, dog-friendly La Creperie Cafe serves up modestly priced salads and sandwiches. Small to medium Fidos are welcome on their patio.
Utopia Good Food & Fine Art

Utopia Good Food & Fine Art

The combination eatery and art gallery Utopia Good Food & Fine Art serves up dishes from around the world. Outdoor tables welcome dogs.
Starling Diner

Starling Diner

Starling Diner has a neighborhood diner atmosphere to go along with dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Chuck's Coffee Shop

Chuck’s Coffee Shop

Chuck’s Coffee Shop offers great outdoor dog-friendly tables and is next to the beach and Belmont Plaza.