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Here are tips for keeping pets cool in summer The Humane Society of the United States provides some tips for keeping pets cool during these hot summer days.
• Never leave pets in parked cars on a hot day. This can lead to brain damage or death from heatstroke. Merely leaving a window cracked or open won’t help. Dogs and cats cannot perspire and can only release body heat through panting and through their footpads.
• Pets should have access to plenty of water and shade outdoors to help them stay cool.
• Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease. A vet can offer pet owners prevention advice or heartworm prevention medications. Other summertime problems include fleas and ticks, which also can be treated with vet-recommended medicine.
• Pets and pools can be a lethal combination. A dog can drown just as easily as a human. As with children, adults always should supervise pets in a pool.
• Older pets, those with heavy coats and short-nosed dogs should go easy on outdoor activity during summer heat spells. It’s best to limit exercise to early morning or the evening for these pets. Also, daytime heat causes hard surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt, to become very hot, which can burn a pet’s paws.
• Sunburn poses a risk to a pet’s nose and ears. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored ear fur are particularly vulnerable. A dab of sunscreen on the areas can help ease sunburn damage.
• Leave a pet at home when heading out to crowded summer events, such as concerts. Loud noises, heat and crowds can disorient pets.