Although Labor Day often marks the end of the summer for most people, it is still a holiday often spent with friends and family celebrating in the hot outdoors. Not only do you still have to protect yourself against pesky mosquitoes and fleas, but you also need to make sure that your pet doesn’t overheat. Dogs don’t have the ability to sweat like humans do, making it a lot harder for them to stay cool in warm temperatures. It’s important to be aware of the signs of heat stress or heat stroke to keep your dog from overheating. When dogs start to overheat, you’ll notice excessive panting, dry gums, increased drooling, confusion and glassy eyes. If you notice your pup has any of these symptoms, move them to a cooler area immediately and offer them a cool wet towel over their neck, under their armpits and behind their hind legs. If you celebrate Labor Day outside, make sure to give your pup plenty of time in the shade, offer plenty of water and avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt and pavement.
For an extra cool treat, offer them up the delicious beverage that we concocted at Wondercide. Our office is in Austin, Texas, and Labor Day weekend is still one of the hottest (and most humid) times of the year, so we came up with a tasty beverage to help our Wonderpups cool off. We gave it to dogs in the office as a summer treat, and they gave it two paws up. Give it a try and let us know what your pups think!
How to Make the Wonderpup Labor Day Mocktail
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 1/2 cup Watermelon/ Pomegranate Juice
- DETOX Calcium Bentonite Clay (based on your pups weight)
- 20 lbs – 1/2 tsp
- 20-50 lbs – 1 tsp
- 50-90 lbs – 1 tbsp
- 90 lbs – 1-2 tbsp
Simply mix all three ingredients together in a glass bowl with nonmetal utensils and pour into your pup’s favorite bowl!