1. Make sure your dog has had its yearly exam for confirm good health. Include heartworm and flea/tick control to your summer shopping list.
2. Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle! Heat stroke can be fatal – even with the windows opened. It doesn’t take long for your car to become a furnace – even in the shade.
3. Carry a gallon of cold water when you travel with your dog. The fresh water will help him/her stay cool during your adventures outdoors.
4. The best time to play is during the cool morning hours or late in the evening after the sun has set. Not only is the can the air become too hot for your pooch but the ground as well. Paws can burn easier than most dog owners understand.
5. Bringing your pup to the beach is great – as long as there is a place for the dog to cool off in the shade. Bring plenty of fresh water and beach umbrella or two if there are no lining trees or shade.
6. If you keep your beloved canine companion outdoors, make sure there is plenty of fresh cool water and shade. A proper doghouse is usually best but it is even better to bring your dog inside during the hottest times of day to keep him or her cool.
7. When opening windows in your house, make sure that there are no unscreened windows or doors in your home that your pup can jump through and fall. Open windows can allow in fresh breezes but also sounds and smells from outside that can attract your pup to an open window or door.
For more information on how to keep your pet safe and healthy during the summer, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care.