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SUMMER CANINE SAFETY TIPS

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SUMMER IS HERE AND THE WEATHER IS HEATING UP! 

With record temperatures this summer, be sure to take preventative action to ensure your pet’s safety.

KEEP COOL AND HYDRATED

Always look for a shaded, cool area for your dog and make sure there is a full water bowl. Keep in mind that you will need to refill your dog’s water bowl more on hot days.

WATCH OUT FOR HEATSTROKE

Look out for signs of HEATSTROKE. Heatstroke can cause permanent organ damage and even death. Take immediate action if your dog appears to be suffering from any of the following symptoms: panting, lethargy, excessive salivating, fever, vomiting or collapse. If you think your dog may be suffering from heatstroke, get to your nearest vet ASAP!

TRAVEL SMART AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN THE CAR

Never leave your dog in the car unattended. Even with the windows cracked, the inside of a car can heat up to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Always be sure there is proper ventilation and air for both you and your dog when traveling and remember to bring enough water for both of you!

TAKE YOUR WALKS EARLIER OR LATER IN THE DAY

To avoid the intense midday heat, walk your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening when it’s more likely to be cooler out. Remember, if you aren’t comfortable in the midday heat, your dog might not be either. Regardless of the time of day you walk, always remember to apply doggie sunscreen!

For more about pet safety, check out ACPCA’s recommendations and tips at ASPCA.

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