Summer Time 

Summer in Texas is HOT!  We have to take special care of our pets that for whatever reason have to live outside.  My guys are laid up on the couch watching Animal Planet, but I realize not all pets have such privileges.  So for those that don't here are some tips to keep them safe:

Tips for keeping your pet safe in the summer heat:

  • Keep fresh, cool water available at all times.

  • Provide plenty of shade.  If at all possible bring your dog inside during the hottest part of the day.

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a car.  Even with the windows "cracked" a closed car can become a furnace  very quickly.

  • If your dog has a long coat you can help him/her stay cool by trimming the coat to approximately one inch long --- but no shorter because their skin can burn just like ours.

  • In case your pet does overheat - try to cool them down and contact your veterinarian immediately.  

  • Don't let your dog stand on hot cement or asphalt -- it will burn their paws.

  • Exercise your dog early in the morning or late in the evening, but never if it's really hot or humid.

ASPCA'S Hot and Cold Weather Tips

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