You aren't the only one that needs to be careful during extremely hot days; your pet is in danger as well.
Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend's in top shape during a heat wave.
Watch for heat stroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, vomiting, fever and collapse. If your pet shows these symptoms, get to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If untreated, heat stroke can cause permanent organ damage and death.
Keep your dog hydrated. Make sure your pet always has easy access to a water bowl, and make sure that it is always filled on very hot days.
Provide multiple ways to get cool. Keep a fan on in a place where your pet can sit, add ice cubes to their water bowl, or offer them a cold treat.
Don't leave your pet inside of a car. The inside of a car can get up to 120 degrees, even with the windows cracked open. Leaving the AC on is also no guarantee your dog will be safe.
Walk your dog in the morning or evening. The intense heat during the middle of the day can be overwhelming for your dog during a walk.
Don't leave your pet outside for long periods of time. Even in the shade your pet can be extreme heat and humidity, putting them at risk for heat stroke.
Avoid hot sidewalks. Your pet's paws can get burned on hot surfaces like pavement, blacktop and sand.
Brush your pet regularly. A clean and untangled coat can help avoid summer skim problems and help your pet stay cool. If you decide to give your pet a haircut make sure you leave at least one inch of fur for protection.
Watch out for coolant leaking from your car. Dogs are attracted to the taste of coolant.
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