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Dear JoAnne:

The summer is heating up and our dogs stay outside for a good part of the day. What can we do to keep them safe?

Worried,
Hot & Bothered

Dear JoAnne:

The summer is heating up and our dogs stay outside for a good part of the day. What can we do to keep them safe?

Worried,
Hot & Bothered

Dear Hot & Bothered:

Your concern for your dogs is well-founded.  Summer in Houston is hot and humid and there are many dangers for both people and pets.
Here are some important tips for keeping your pets safe.

Tips for a Pet-Safe Summer

  • Give your pet access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Even the healthiest of pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sun burn.
  • Always provide shade so that your pet can get out of the direct sun light. Overexposure can also create dehydration, sun stroke and sun burn.
  • If you leave your dog in the back of a pick up truck, the heat from the bed of the truck can also burn the pads of their feet as well as causing dehydration, sun strike and sunburn.
  • NEVER leave your dog, cat or any other animal friend alone in a car! The temperature inside of a car can reach 130 degrees within minutes...even with the      window open.
  • Avoid lathering your pet with any insect repellent not intended for your four-legged friends. Animals are very sensitive to chemicals and can easily be poisoned by products not made for their skin.
  • Be cool near the pool. Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool, lake or high water. Not all dogs are good swimmers.
  • When making plans for hurricanes, floods or tornadoes, do not forget to include your pets. Make sure their vaccinations are current so they can be housed at local emergency shelters if necessary and keep an ID tag on their collar. (CAP can micro-chip your pet for $30.00).

Have a pet-safe summer!

Stay cool,

JoAnne