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Keeping Pets Safe When the Weather Gets Hot

August 1, 2014
Now that we’re in the midst of the hottest days of summer, it’s important to keep our pets’ health and well-being in mind. Use these tips from your vet to keep your furry friend safe as the next heat wave rolls in.
Hydration

Providing plenty of fresh, cool water for your pet is key to keeping her safe as the weather warms up. Offer a water dish at all times, and check it frequently to see if your pet needs it refilled or refreshed. If your pet spends time outdoors, put an additional dish in a shaded spot to let your pet have a fresh drink when she desires.
Shade

If your pet is going to be spending extended periods of time outdoors, it’s important for her to have a shady spot to cool off under. If there are shade trees in your yard, you’re all set. If there aren’t, try making some of your own shade by hanging a sheet or blanket, or setting up a tent or awning structure.
Car Tips

Don’t let your dog hang his head out of an open car window going down the road. It’s only inviting disaster when an insect or piece of road debris flies up into your pooch’s face. Also make sure you never leave any pets in a parked car in the sun, as temperatures inside the car can heat up dramatically in a short period of time. It’s even illegal in many areas!
Exercise Safely

When it’s extremely hot out, try exercising your pet in the early morning or later evening hours, when it’s not nearly as warm. Stop if your pet seems winded. Also try to avoid asphalt when you’re outdoors, as it can heat up quickly with the sun beating down on it all day. It can easily burn a pet’s paw pads.

Ask your vet about more helpful summertime safety tips.

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