September 3, 2010, Newsletter Issue #354: Summer Heat

Tip of the Week

When the temperature rises in the summer, don't forget to help keep your dog cool. Make sure your canine companion has access to plenty of fresh water and a shaded area to lie. Avoid taking her for long walks or exercising her during midday, when temperatures are the hottest. And always be careful of hot asphalt and cement, which could burn feet quickly.

Short nosed breeds such as Pekingese or Pugs are especially susceptible to overheating. Also watch out for older dogs.

If your pooch is overheating, keep her in a breezy spot, apply cold water with towels or put her in a chilled water bath. Hydrate her as soon as she is responsive to it.

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