Keep Pets Cool and Protected on Hot Days

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Keep Pets Cool & Protected on Hot Days     

Summer presents a host of perils for your pets.  They can suffer from overheating, dehydration and sunburn, the same as humans do.  While most pet owners already practice the following tips, it's good to have a reminder on how to keep pets cool and protected this summer.

 *          Pets should never be kept in a parked vehicle during summer months.  Temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels.  For example, when it's 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked open can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes.

*          Keep pets out of direct sunlight and make shade available when they are outside.  Better yet, keep them inside where it's cooler, especially if you have air conditioning.  They also enjoy laying on cool surfaces such as tiled floors.

*          Exercise should be limited on hot days to early morning or evening hours.  Also adjust intensity and duration of exercise depending on the temperature and humidity.

*          Walk your dog on the grass if possible as hot asphalt and sand can burn pet's paws.

*          Make sure pets have plenty of fresh, clean water available.  Add ice to the water frequently.

*          Protect pets from sunburn.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most common in cats, especially in pale and short-haired varieties, usually on the bridge of the nose and tips of the ears.  Apply sunscreen for animals on their nose & ear tips.