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dog on grassOne of the best times to enjoy your pets is during the hot summer months. With beaches open and outdoor activities in full swing, you and your furry companion have a lot of adventuring ahead.

Summer is also a tough time for pets and it brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season. Here are a few tips
to keep in mind so that you keep your pets safe this summer.

 NEVER LEAVE PETS UNATTENDED IN HOT CARS.

This goes without saying, but many people still choose to leave pets in cars while they make the quick run into the grocery or department store. What you may not realize is that even on a moderately warm day —upper 70s— the inside of your car can can become a greenhouse in a matter of minutes. The excess heat can lead to stroke for your pet, which may be fatal. If you have to run errands, leave your pet at home and pick up the adventure together when you’re done and ready to drive from home to your destination.

KEEP FRESH WATER ACCESSIBLE.

Your dog does not have sweat glands to cool them down in hot weather, so making sure they have access to water and shade is a must. According to the ASPCA, “Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to overexercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.”

WALK THEM CAREFULLY.

Ever walked barefoot on hot asphalt or sand? It burns, right? Imagine how your pet might feel since they walk barefoot naturally. The American Kennel Club warns, “When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot
asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.”

With a little bit of awareness and some advanced care, you and your pets can enjoy the summer together and have fun doing it.

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