2. Don’t leave your dog alone in a car! On an 80 degree day, a car can heat up to 100 degrees in only 10 minutes! Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat when they’re hot. Instead, their only means of lowering their body temperature is panting. This makes them vulnerable to overheating! Visit the My Dog is Cool (http://redrover.org/mydogiscool/how-hot-do-cars-get) website to see how even leaving 2 or 4 windows cracked can quickly lead to deadly temperatures in the car.
3. Be sure there is plenty of shade! If it is hot and/or humid outside, don’t leave your pet outside in the sun without shade. Also, keep an eye on the water bowl. Water bowls, especially metal bowls can heat up under the sun and become very hot. Providing fresh, cool water for your dog is a must!
4. Trim your pet’s coat in the hot summer months! Removing a dog’s undercoat can keep him cool in the summer. Be careful though with shaving your dog – many people believe this will keep their dog cool, but actually it takes away their protection from the sun and inhibits their ability to deal with temperature change. Check out a dog-specific sunscreen if your dog is shaved or has short white hair.
5. Check for ticks! After an outdoor play session, check your dogs for ticks, especially under the tail, on their belly, in their armpits, and between their toes. Ticks can transmit a variety of illnesses, not the least of which is Lyme Disease. Even if your dog is vaccinated against Lyme, they may contract another tick-borne disease, or carry the ticks into your home. Check often and check thoroughly!
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