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Baby, Its Hot Outside!

As the weather heats up it is important to remember our pets. Dogs and cats are unique in the fact they do not have sweat glands covering their body. In fact, the only way our pets can dissipate the heat is through their tongue (by panting) and the pads of their feet.

Dogs with heavy coats should be groomed regularly to help cool down. This maybe accomplished through combing out dead undercoat or in the case of non-shedding breeds, getting the coat trimmed short. Make sure that your dog has access to water at all times. Do not keep pets in parked cars, even with the windows down, it just gets too hot for them and they are not able to dissipate the heat fast enough. Remember cars heat up fast!

Walking our dogs on the hot pavement can also be very dangerous. Imagine yourself walking on asphalt without shoes. The pads on dog’s feet are tough but heat damage can occur. Click on the picture to go to Dog Tread for more great tips.

3 Comments to Baby, Its Hot Outside!:

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mothercare on Monday, November 02, 2015 3:56 AM
Dogs are our safeguard in the same way we are responsible to take care in a well manner way...... very infomative
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pets-petcare on Monday, November 02, 2015 5:01 AM
poor dogs!!!!! no one never thought of it!!!!
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Rodela on Saturday, April 23, 2016 1:19 PM
Try not to keep pets in stopped autos, even with the windows down, it just gets excessively hot for them and they are not ready to disseminate the warmth sufficiently quick. Keep in mind autos heat up quick. Thanks!
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