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Jake, a Chuck & Don's family member[/caption]
Beyond being comfortable, it's important to keep your pets cool in hot weather.
Like humans, pets can overheat, sunburn and dehydrate.
Exercise During Cool Hours
Go for walks in the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest weather. Be aware of the temperature of concrete or roads, as these surfaces can heat up quickly and retain heat for long periods.
To test if a surface is too hot for your pet, place the back of your hand on the surface for five seconds. If you can't keep your hand there for five seconds, the ground is too hot for your pet.
Comfortable and Relaxed
Adding a cooling mat to your dog's normal rest area offers an additional option on hot days. Coolin' Pet Pads are made from heavy-duty material and are filled with water. The water naturally pulls heat from your pet and radiates it into the air or floor.
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K&H Coolin' Pet Pad[/caption]
Add a Coolin' Pet Pads to an existing dog bed or place it directly on the floor. For optimum performance, place the pad on a hard surface so it isn't insulated by its surroundings.
Increase your dog's cool haven by adding a Coolin' Pet Cot Cover to your K&H Pet Cot. The dual cooling action keeps your pet cool and relaxed all summer.
These mats are designed for dogs, and are suitable for normal use for cats, too.
Water, water, water
Hydration is key to every summer activity. Keep lots of water nearby, take water breaks and don't be afraid to take a trip to a river or lake! You can even wet down your dog before a walk to keep them cool.
If you're looking for hydration on the go, try Dexas Collapsible Travel Cups or Messy Mutts to keep water with you on walks and adventures.
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Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup[/caption]
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Messy Mutts Travel Waterbottle[/caption]
Shade and Sunburns
Dogs, like humans, can burn from the sun. When possible, choose shady places to play and rest.
A summer shave helps dog lose heat but too close of a shave could remove your dog's natural UV protection. Ask your groomer for your dog's ideal hair length.
Animals pant so they can cool off through evaporation. If the humidity is high, panting is less effective. Keep your dog in cooler areas, limit exercise and keep plenty of water available on humid days.