Keep pets cool in the heat

February 16, 2017

Summer's heat can be dangerous for people and pets. Help keep your furry friends safe and cool withiStock-520658842.jpg these five tips:

1. Supply water and shade. If pets must be outdoors, make sure they have protection from the heat and sun. Provide plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water. No trees for shade? A tarp can do the trick. It's better than a doghouse—which can become a sauna on a hot day.

2. Never leave a pet in a parked car—not even for a minute. A hot car can be deadly. Even on an 85-degree day, inside a vehicle the temperature can reach 120 degrees.

3. Limit exercise in the heat. For example, take dog walks in the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are lower. And bring along water to help keep pets from getting dehydrated.

4. Stay off hot asphalt. It can burn your pet's paws. Walk or play on grass, if possible.

5. Make a splash. For dogs that like water, a cool bath or roll in a kiddie pool can help keep them cool.

Hot dog! Treat dogs to a frosty delight. Frozen "Peanut Butter Pup-sicles" can help keep your pooch cool. Find a recipe at www.morehealth.org/dogtreat. One important precaution: Check your peanut butter's label. Make sure it doesn't contain any kind of xylitol—an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States

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