The Dog Days Of Summer

The temperature has started to drop a little but don't be fooled. Warm days (75+ degrees) can still be deadly for your pet(s).

1. Never leave your pet(s) in the car. See the chart below. A cool car can become too hot very quickly. A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107-108 degrees for only a very short time before suffering brain damage or death. If overcome by heat, immediately soak the dog with water and seek veterinary care.

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2. Pets should always have access to fresh water. Make sure there is always enough water for really warm days and that there is no risk of a bowl getting knocked over. Our Pet Scoop technicians watch out for things like knocked over bowls. If the tech has water or access to water, he/she will refill the bowl.

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3. Dogs can get skin cancer. Lighter skinned dogs are at a higher risk but all dog owners should know how to protect their dog(s). Check out this webpage for more information:

http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/sunscreen-for-dogs

4. Shade is very important for dogs left outside for extended periods of time. The shade shifts throughout the day so make sure there will always be a shade spot to relax in.

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5. Consider other options when it is just too hot! Dog daycare, climate-controlled dog houses, or a pet sitter to allow the dog(s) to stay inside.

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