Is the hot summer sun is draining your pet? Just like humans, an over exposure to heat and sun can be very dangerous for our pets. Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend cool on those “dog days of summer”.

Even though there may be a nice breeze blowing and you are going to roll the windows down, it is never a good idea to leave your pet in the car unattended. The sun can raise the temperature in a matter of minutes, even with the windows down.

For their safety and the safety of those around them, keep your pet on a leash. A leash keeps them where they are supposed to be and away from other animals.

Keep the water flowing freely. Warm temperatures mean thirsty pets, so keep their bowls full indoors or out. Don’t forget to bring water for you and your four legged friend when doing outdoor activities this summer.

Even though you might leave your pet in the back yard shade, animals should not be left outside, unattended in the heat. If possible, pets should be brought inside on those hot summer days.

Pets can get sunburned too! Dogs with lighter coats are particularly susceptible to sunburn. So if your outdoor adventures are taking you outside during the hottest part of the day, apply a little pet friendly sun block to the tips of their ears, as well as the mouth and nose.

Summer heat means a haircut is in order. In the summer pets coats should be trimmed regularly. Shorter fur will help to reduce tangles, as well as remove debris and help protect against fleas and ticks.

Keep your pets away from the anti-freeze. When pets are warm, they will drink from any puddle in sight especially from that sweet puddle of anti-freeze. Be sure to steer your 4 legged friends away from this extremely toxic substance.

During those hot and humid days of summer, be sure that your pet does not over exert themselves. Activity is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle, but should be done in moderation in those hot days of summer. Excessive panting is a sign of overheating.

When out for a stroll, walk your pets in the grass. It is much cooler on their paws than the hot pavement.

The most critical issue facing pets in the summer is heat stroke. If you observe panting, staring, anxious expressions, warm and dry skin, a rapid heartbeat or high fever- these are all signs that your pet could be suffering from a heat stroke. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms you should contact your veterinarian immediately.