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How to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on June 21   |   Updated on July 6
a dog swims in a pool on a sunny day

Help your pup beat the heat. (Linoleum Creative Collective / Unsplash)

Don’t let the rain fool you, summer is here and it’s gonna get HOT ☀️ 🥵 So here is your reminder: If you’re feeling the heat, so are your furry friends!

🌡️ Never EVER leave your pet in a hot vehicle, not even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can become dangerously high, even with the windows cracked open.

🎾 Limit walks and other outdoor exercise to early morning or evening hours.

🐾 When you are outdoors, keep your pet on the grass and off hot sidewalks and asphalt. Also, carry a portable water bowl with you and offer drinks to your pet frequently.

💧 If you have to leave your pet outdoors, make sure they have access to plenty of shade and cool water.

⛈️ On the flip side, don’t forget about Colorado’s afternoon summer storms — make sure your outdoor pets have access to coverage where they can take shelter in the event of hail or a severe thunderstorm.

⚠️ Know the signs that your pet is overheated:

  • Heavy panting even while lying down
  • Obvious discomfort
  • Red gums or tongue
  • Lethargy and disorientation
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