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Dog Days Of Summer

August is National Dog Month – Keep your four-legged friend safe in this heat!


While enjoying the sunny days outdoors with your furry friends, be aware of these summer pet safety tips:


Never leave pets hot cars

  • Even with windows open, the inside of cars heat up quickly.


Keep them cool and hydrated

  • Make sure they have plenty of access to shade and cool places to relax
  • Provide plenty of fresh clean water at all times, add some ice to help cool them down


Avoid burned paws

  • Keep walks and exercise time to a minimum
  • Walk and exercise during the cool hours of the morning and evening
  • If the pavement is too hot for the back of your hand it’s too hot for their paws, stick to the grass


Know the early warning signs of overheating

  • Heavy panting, drooling
  • Excessive thirst
  • Stumbling staggering
  • Vomiting/diarrhea


If you notice any of these symptoms get your pet to a cool place, apply cool damp towels and call your vet.


Photo credit: Anna Budden

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