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Cool Cats: Keeping Your Pooch Cool

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

While the weather has been ideally perfect lately, at least for me, and as long as I’m not planning on hitting the beach, I can remember a time when summer meant swealtering and unbearable heat, even in the cool of the evening. Still, for some, the temps are anything but “temperate”, and some of those someones may just be out pets.

And, just like us they can overheat in the summer heat, and need to keep cool to stay healthy and enjoy the warmer weather.

So, what’s an owner to do? The experts tell us.

1. Make sure you pet gets enough water: Dehydration can be common in the hotter months if your pet has limited access to water. Make sure there is plenty (of water) around and if you’re on the go, make sure you have a portable bowl and bottled water.

2. Remember, not all dogs are created equal: According to experts different dogs, specifically different breeds have different needs. They add that those with a darker coat absorb more heat than their fairer fired friends. So, they suggest keeping this in mind when you take your pooch for a walk.

3. Don’t put your dog in lockdown: Many of us may have the tendency to keep our “pup” in the care while we run “a few” errands. However experts suggest that cars tend to heat up quickly and hold on to that heat, even in the shade. In fact they add that by leaving your dog in the car you may be increasing your pet’s odds of dehydration. And, they add, that if you take your pooch on a long trip, keep the AC going or roll down windows giving your dog access to fresh air…and make sure you always have cool water available.

4. Help your pooch cool off: Experts suggest dampening a towel and placing it on your pet, using a water spritzer or letting your pooch take a plunge in the pool to keep him cool.

5. Look for signs: According to experts a dog that’s dehydrated “will” show signs such as drooling, lethargy, bloodshot eyes and loss of skin elasticity. The best way to prevent this from happening is keeping dogs in shade or inside and offering plenty of water, as well as contacting your vet.

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