By Jeff Davis
Published: 07/10/2018, edited: 01/30/2020
July 15 isn’t just another Sunday; it’s National Ice Cream Day and Wag! is putting a cherry on top by kicking off a special summer tour that lets dogs get in on the “ice cream” fun. If you live in New York or Washington, DC, keep your eyes peeled for Wag! ice cream carts serving up complimentary cool and dog-friendly treats at dog parks and events – check out our schedule below.
The summer swelter has definitely arrived across the U.S. and National Ice Cream Day is a good time to revisit some cool tips to help your dog beat the heat for the rest of the season. PS - If you’re wondering if it’s safe to share your ice cream with your pooch, here’s some food for thought.
Sorry sunbathing beauties. For dogs with short hair and lighter skin, sunburns can be a recurring problem during the summer. Limit your pet’s exposure to the sun, especially from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak. If your pet will be outside for a prolonged period of time, look for a pet-friendly sunscreen and avoid using a human sunscreen that could contain high levels of zinc. Here are some more sun safety tips here.
Buzz cuts are out. While pet parents may be tempted to shave a pet’s thick double coat in the summer into a buzz cut, the fur actually provides insulation to stop heat from getting in as well as out. Taking the fur away removes the important barrier that prevents the sun from reaching the dog’s skin. Ask a groomer about the best length for your dog’s coat.
Pool party! For dogs who love the water, break out a small kiddie pool in the yard, which can provide hours of fun, while keeping them hydrated and cool in the sun. And just like with kids, pool safety is a must for pups too. Click here for tips.
Get your grill on. Summer parties are fun, but make sure you have pet-friendly goodies for dogs to eat and chew on or try one of these homemade pet-friendly ice cream recipes. This will help pets avoid foods like grapes, onions and chocolate, which are BBQ favorites for people, yet harmful for dogs.
Not all grass is created equal. In summer months, some grass areas can be treated with fertilizers or pesticides so stick to grassy patches you’re familiar with like your backyard or a dog park. And artificial turf is made of synthetic materials that heat up quickly under the sun, posing a potential burn hazard for your dog’s paws.
July 15: Central Park Area: Carl Schurz Park at 2 p.m. and Strawberry Fields @ Central Park at 3:30 p.m.
July 16: Chelsea Area: Madison Square Park Dog Run and Chelsea Waterside Park Dog Run between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
July 19: Tribeca Area: Tribeca Dog Run and Pier 84 Dog Run between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
July 20: Bay Ridge Area: Dyker Beach Dog Run and Leif Ericson Park between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
July 21: Prospect Park Area: Prospect Park Dog Run and South Slope Dog Run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
July 22: Doggy Water Day Highland Park Tennis Courts, 83 Cleveland Street, Brooklyn between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
July 24: Tribeca Area: Tribeca Dog Run and Sirius Dog Run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
July 27: Queens Area Parks: Little Bay Dog Run, Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground, Underbridge Dog Run between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
July 28: Bottom of Cedar Hill from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Central Park between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
July 29: Long Island - Helping-PAW Benefit, 40 Main Street, Northport, NY from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
* *Dates, times and locations are subject to change.
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