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    9 Cool Dog Tips For Hot Summers

    By By TAILS
    June 25, 2013, 4:59:52 AM EDT

    Imagine it’s a scorching 90 degrees with humidity pushing 100, and you’re slogging around wearing a (banish the thought) fur coat. It’s just insane, right? Now, consider dogs. They might shed more in summer months or be given a buzz cut for comfort, but they can’t remove their fur coats as the temperature rises. It’s up to you to keep your dog safe and healthy, so we’ve gathered some common sense tips to help.


    1. Liquid Assets. Prevent dangerous dehydration by keeping fresh water accessible for your pets at home and when you go out. Add some ice cubes if it’s super-steamy.

    2. Car Sick. Never leave animals alone in your car, even for a quick errand. In hot weather the temperature inside a closed vehicle can rise to 120 degrees within minutes. Opening a window might seem smart, but it can prove risky as well. Remember, dogs can be amazing escape artists. We also advise against tying your pooch to a pole outside while you run into Starbucks for a Frappuccino. He can easily and quickly be swiped. If pets aren’t allowed where you’re going, it’s better to leave them at home.

    3. Time Out. If you let your dog roam unsupervised in a fenced yard, keep track of time. Make sure she’s out alone for only a short time, preferably in the early morning or evening. If you don’t have shady trees, prop up a beach umbrella so there’s a cooling-off spot for Fido. Also, place a bowl of water outside.

    4. See Spot Run. Many dogs were born to run, but they don’t always know when to stop, and a summer jog can be deceptively dangerous for your four-legged companion. Dogs don’t sweat like people. Their sweat glands are in their feet, so heavy panting and drooling is a sure sign of overexertion. Be sure to take water breaks and take it easy when it’s particularly hot, especially when you’re riding a bicycle and your dog is running alongside and cannot easily stop when he tires. The best times to exercise for both you and your furry partner are early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. Before your first pavement pounding of the season, visit the vet. Remember, animals age quicker than humans, so Spot’s former abilities may have changed since last year.

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