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Summer is a great time of year to get outside with your dog and enjoy the warm weather. Protect your pet from potential health risks by following these top 10 summer dog safety tips:

  1. Dog at Pool during SummerNever, ever leave your dog in the car. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water both indoors and outdoors.

  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.

  4. Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.

  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws.

  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet — make sure your pet has a means of cooling off.

  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites like fleas and ticks, and internal parasites like heartworms — consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet's needs.

  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coat. Talk to your veterinarian first to see if it's appropriate for your pet. Apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if it has a thin coat.

  9. Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced) — such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese — have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.

  10. Dogs with laryngeal paralysis — a condition where the vocal folds in the throat do not open properly — are also at higher risk of overheating. Learn more about laryngeal paralysis.