We all love summer time! It's the perfect time to go to the beach, pool, or go on a family vacation. On the down side, summer is also a dangerous time for your dog due to the intense heat. Fortunately, we have created a list of ways to keep your furry friend cool and safe this summer. 


Keep Them Hydrated 

The summer heat can dehydrate your pet very fast. So, keep them hydrated by always having cold water nearby


Keep Them Cool

Keep your pets cool by making sure the AC inside the house is cool or by putting a portable fan near their bed. 


Get Them a Haircut

If your pet has a long coat, consider getting them a haircut. Consult your veterinarian before to see if this is the best option to keep your dog cool this summer. 


Apply Sunscreen 

If your dog has a thin coat, put sunscreen on their skin to protect them from the sun's rays. 


Offer Them Shade

When the temperature exceeds about 90 degrees, you should not have your pet directly in the sun. Instead, have them lay under a tree or under an umbrella. That way they can still be outdoors but stay protected from the sun. 


Take Them on Walks During the Cooler Times of Day 

An easy way to protect your pet from the intense summer heat is by taking them on walks when the sun is not so bright and the temperature is not as hot. 


Never Leave Them in the Car

The temperature in a car can skyrocket in a matter of minutes. If you are taking your pet on a drive, take them with you when you get out of the car. 


If You Think it is Hot Outside, it is Even Hotter For Your Dog

If you are outside and find it to be very hot, then you should consider taking your dog inside because it could be too hot for them. If you decide to say outside, make sure to have a way to cool them off.  


Keep Them Off Hot Surfaces

If you are walking your dog, try to keep them off hot surfaces such as asphalt. The intense heat could burn their paws. 


IMPORTANT: Know the Signs of Heatstroke 

  1. Body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (use a pet thermometer to determine)
  2. Heavy/excessive panting
  3. Rapid heartbeat
  4. Redness of the tongue and mouth
  5. Drooling
  6. Lethargy or anxiety

 

Contact your veterinarian immediately if you believe your dog is having a heatstroke 

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