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Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer

Keeping your pet cool in the summer Texas heat can be tough especially as we creep into triple digit temperatures. However, there are a few simple precautions you can take to keep your furry pal safe and comfortable this summer. 

Hydration is key…Take fresh cold water with you whenever you take your pet. Collapsible water bowls are great for hydrating on the go. 

Home is where the AC is…While 85-degree days might be enjoyable for us, our pets will likely get overheated. When exposed to hot temperatures for a long period of time, their bodies aren’t able to cool down. Leave you pet home on hot days with the AC on and plenty of fresh water. 

Enjoy the outdoors wisely… Beat the heat by timing your walks around the early mornings and late evenings to avoid the heat of the day. This will make your daytime excursions more enjoyable for both you and your pet. 

Cool off in the yard…Sprinklers are a great way to cool your pooch off in the summertime. If your pet prefers to ease into water, a children’s plastic swimming pool provides a cheap and easy option for cooling off. No yard? No problem! Texas has several amazing dog parks that feature swimming ponds and rinse stations!

Cooling mats…In the car, at the park, or at home, a cooling mat is a great option to keep your pet comfy. You can even make one yourself if you’re handy with a sewing machine! 

Signs of dehydration…Be mindful of your pet’s comfort in the summer months and watch out for the following signs of dehydration: shallow breathing/panting, back is warm-to-the-touch, thick saliva, visibly tired, walking unsteadily, dry nose, dark urine, or vomiting and/or diarrhea. 

By following these tips, you and your pet are sure to have an amazing summer!

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