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As the weather heats up it is important to make sure your cats or dogs are comfortable, cool, and out of danger. This is particularly important for older animals, as well as kittens and puppies as they are more susceptible to overheating. In addition, short-nosed breeds like Persian cats, Pugs, and Bulldogs have a harder time keeping themselves from overheating. Alternatively, exercise your pets during cooler times of the day like early morning or late afternoon if possible. 

Rule of thumb: place your palm on the pavement, if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet's pads of their feet

It is important to make sure there is PLENTY of water available for your furry friends. Drinking from pools, lakes, or oceans can often dehydrate your dog more due to the chemicals/salt in the water. Ceratin products now have flip-down cups and nozzles so you don't have to deal with the hassle of carrying a bowl with you everywhere. 

Cats and dogs have similar symptoms when they overheat including panting, rapid heartbeat, dark red gums, hyperventilation, and a glassy look in their eyes. In response, if you notice any of these symptoms, apply cool water to their lower abdomen region and take them to your veterinarian as soon as possible. 

Overheating is not a risk you should be willing to take this summer. Know how to protect your 4-legged friend and both of you can enjoy the warm, sunny days!