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We are dog friendly here at Basepoint so here are ways to help to keep your pet cool this summer

1. Don't leave your dog in the car

Though it may seem obvious that dogs and other pets should not be left in parked cars, people continue to make this terrible mistake. Even if you think you'll only be gone a short while, the temperatures can rise quickly, 20 to 30 degrees in 10 minutes! A short while may be too long. Don't risk it.

2. Choose cooler times to excercise your dog

Excercise your dog early in the morning or later in the evening and never in the midday sun. Heatstroke can kill!

3. Consider trimming your dog's coat for the summer.

Although a dog's coat does offer some protection to insulate them from the heat, this does come down to the breed. Dog's with very heavy coats should be groomed but leave at least an inch of hair to protect from sunburn

4. Play in the Water

A wet dog is a cool dog. Sprinklers, pools or lakes can all be fun and cooling

5. Know the Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

Heatstroke is a serious risk for dogs on hot days. Puppies, senior dogs and those in poor health are at a higher risk.

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

Excessive panting and/or salivating
Obvious discomfort
Vomiting and diarrhea

If you notice any of the above symptoms, get your dog into a cooler environment as soon as possible and call your veterinarian for further instructions.