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Summer safety tips for pets

By PetMD
July 22, 2017, 3:03:30 PM EDT

There are many different ways warm weather can pose health risks to pets. Here are several precautionary steps to take in the summer courtesy of PetMD.

Avoiding Heat Stroke, Dehydration in Dogs, Cats

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"It’s summertime and the living is easy," or so goes the Sam Cooke song. Summertime means fun, sun, and hopefully lots of play outdoors. But as much fun as summer can be for you and your pet, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the warmest of all seasons safe and carefree for all concerned.

Apply Sunscreen

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That’s right, you should apply sunscreen on your pet if he or she spends more than just a few minutes outside everyday in the hot summer sun. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair coat are particularly prone to sunburn or skin cancer. The sunscreen should be fragrance free, non-staining, and contain UVA and UVB barriers similar to sunscreens made for humans. Consult your veterinarian, but there are some sunscreens available made specifically for pets.

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Provide Plenty of Water, Plenty of Shade

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Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility during the summer, especially if your pet is the type to run and play outside for extended periods without drinking sufficient water. Telltale signs of dehydration include dry gums, loss of skin elasticity, excessive drooling. Don't let it come to this. Give your active pet plenty of playtime breaks in the shade with access to fresh water.

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