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As the weather warms up and the days get longer, most dog owners take the opportunity to spend...

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, most dog owners take the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with their four-legged friends.  The summer, however, poses certain dangers to Fido.  Here are four tips to help you avoid summertime hazards and have a happy and safe season with your dogs.

  • No hot cars!  Never leave your dog alone inside of a hot car.  When it’s 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can reach 125 degrees very quickly, even with the windows left open.

  • Paw pads are not shoes.  Some people think that the pads on a dog’s paws are like shoes, but they’re not.  Sidewalks and streets become extremely hot in the summer, and while dog’s paws are tougher than human feet, they still can get burned by hot pavement.  Keep your dog on the grass in extreme heat to keep his paws intact.  Also remember that sand can burn too, so try taking your long beach walks with your dog early in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.

  • Keep cool and hydrated.  If the hot weather is making you uncomfortable, chances are your dog is too.  Dogs can end up becoming overheated and suffering from heat stroke when the temperatures rise.  Don’t leave your dog outside in the heat unsupervised.  Make sure there is always fresh water indoors and outside. If your dog does appear to be overheated, apply cool, wet cloths to his pads, head and belly.  Make sure that your dog has access to shade

  • Prevent sunburn.  Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned too.  Hairless and light-skinned dogs have a greater chance of getting burnt.  Make sure to put dog-safe sunscreen on your pup if he’s going to be outside in the sun.

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