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Tips for a Safe Summer With Your Pets

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

Title: Tips for a Safe Summer With Your Pets |

Sadyna Reino, The Desert Duo, Century 21 1st American

We all love our pets and want them to stay safe. Summer time in Tucson can present some potential risks for our furry friends. Here are some tips for a safe summer with your pets!

1. Make sure they have access to fresh water and shade- Pets can get dehydrated, just like people. Some signs of dehydration in dogs are dry gums and excessive drooling. Always have fresh water in the house and if you take them out on an adventure, make sure you bring water and a bowl for them too!

2. Don’t shave your pet- I know this one seems counter intuitive, but all their hair actually protects them from the sun. If you shave them, they could risk getting sunburned. Leaving at least one inch of hair could make a big difference when it comes to protecting their skin. Of course, regular grooming is great, just be sure not to shave them completely.

3. Be Conscious of Your Walking Hours- It’s great to take your dogs on a walk but be careful about when you go. In the summer, the sidewalks in Tucson could get up to 167 degrees! That could really burn your puppy’s paws. Instead of walk on the street, you could try going to a grassy park or walking your dogs very early in the morning. Another option is the “hand test”. Put your hand on the asphalt for 5 seconds. If you don’t need to pull it away, then your good to go!

4. Protect those paws- If the ground feels too hot to walk your dog, you could always try puppy shoes. This could be a good alternative, although in my experience, they take some getting used to. And even with puppy shoes, be careful your furry friend doesn’t over heat. Even if they are protected from the heat on the ground, you still need to keep an eye on their body heat.

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