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Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Pup Cool with Plant-Powered Fun this Summer

Summer is pawsome, but hot weather can leave our furry friends feeling drained.  Luckily, there are plenty of plant-based ways to keep your pup cool and comfortable without relying on processed treats or harsh chemicals.


Spotting Summer Exhaustion:


  • Excessive Panting: This is normal after exercise, but if panting continues even at rest, it could be a sign of overheating.

  • Lethargy: Is your usually playful pup less interested in walks or playtime? This could indicate heat exhaustion.

  • Loss of Appetite: If your dog skips a meal or two during a heatwave, it might be a sign they're not feeling well.

  • Excessive Drooling: While some breeds drool more than others, a sudden increase in drooling can be a sign of overheating.

  • Vomiting or Diarrhea: If your dog experiences these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Ayurveda Based Cooling Solutions:


  • Hydration Hero: Contrary to popular belief, ice-cold water can actually disrupt your pet's digestive system. Instead, offer fresh, lukewarm water throughout the day. You can even carry a portable water bottle on walks and encourage frequent sips. Drinking when we are thirsty is important, as well as drinking cool but NEVER cold or iced water.  

Pro tip: Keep a spare water bowl in the car for after-walk rehydration.


  • Eat Cooling (Sheeta) Foods:  Nature provides some amazing cooling agents in the form of fruits and vegetables!  Load up your pet's bowl with juicy fruits like watermelon, cucumber, and pears. Leafy greens, zucchini, and cilantro are also fantastic choices with their high water content and natural cooling properties.

  • Embrace Pitta-Pacifying Herbs:  In Ayurveda, Pitta governs heat and metabolism. To balance Pitta during the hot summer months, consider adding a small amount of Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), Neem, or Triphala which can all be added to your meals, beverages, or used to make refreshing herbal infusions

  • Cooling Bandana: Soak a bandana in cool (not cold!) water and tie it loosely around your pet's neck or belly. This provides a refreshing sensation through evaporation.You can also protect your skin or dog’s skin by using Rose Water

  • Shady Sanctuary:  Seek out shaded areas during walks and provide ample shade in your backyard with a canopy or an umbrella. Planting trees offers long-term shade solutions.

  • Ventilation and Cooling Bed:  Make sure your pet has access to a well-ventilated area during the hottest part of the day. A cooling mat or raised bed can offer additional relief.


Bonus Tip:  If you don’t have a cooling bed, use rose water. 


Remember: Never leave your dog unattended in a hot car, even for a short time.  Heatstroke can be fatal.


By following these tips and incorporating some plant-powered fun, you and your pup can have a safe and enjoyable summer together!


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