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Summer Pet Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts.

Provide Plenty of Water
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

Never Leave Pets in a Parked Vehicle
Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!

Be Mindful of Hot Asphalt
When the temperature is very high, don't let  your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep your walks during these times to a minimum.

Know the Signs of Overheating in Pets
Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, such as Pugs or Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can not pant as effectively. These pets should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. If you suspect heat stroke in your pet, contact a veterinarian immediately!

Summer Haircuts
Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellant product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Pool Safety
Do not leave your pets unsupervised around a pool - not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse off your dog after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from its fur and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.

Celebrations with Fireworks
Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented. So it's best to keep your pets safe at home from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.

*Pet tips provided by ASPCA*