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Summer Heat Canine Tips

A dog's average body temperature is 102 degrees so when you're feeling hot just imagine what your pup is feeling. Take care in the hot summer months by following these tips...

  • Hydration 💦: Ensure your pet has access to fresh water at all times, especially during hot days. Consider adding ice cubes to the water bowl to keep it cool.

  • Shade and Shelter 🌳☀️: Create a shaded area in your yard where your pet can relax and escape from the direct sun. If your pet stays outside, provide a well-ventilated shelter that protects them from the heat.

  • Avoid Hot Pavement 🐾🔥: Asphalt and concrete can become scorching hot during summer, which can burn your pet's paws. Walk your dog on grassy areas or use booties to protect their feet.

  • Never Leave Pets in the Car 🚗🔒❌: Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach dangerous levels. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during summer.

  • Exercise during Cooler Hours 🌅🏃: Schedule your pet's exercise sessions during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. This helps prevent overheating and paw pad burns.

  • Watch for Signs of Overheating 🌡️😓: Be aware of the signs of heatstroke, including excessive panting, drooling, rapid breathing, weakness, vomiting, and collapse. If your pet shows these symptoms, seek immediate veterinary attention.

  • Grooming and Coat Care 💇🐾: Regular brushing helps remove loose fur and promotes air circulation through your pet's coat. However, consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian regarding whether to trim your pet's fur, as some coats provide insulation from the heat.

  • Insect Protection 🦟🕷️: Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects are more prevalent during the summer. Use appropriate flea and tick preventatives and consult with your vet about mosquito repellents or other insect protection methods.

  • Water Safety 🏊‍♀️🐶: If you take your pet swimming, make sure they are comfortable in the water and always supervise them. Not all dogs are natural swimmers, so consider using a life vest for added safety.

  • Beware of Toxic Substances ☠️⚠️: Keep your pets away from potentially harmful substances like pool chemicals, sunscreen, insecticides, and certain plants that can be toxic to animals.

Remember, each pet is unique, so it's essential to consider their specific needs and consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice. Enjoy the summer with your furry companion!

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