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Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Though it may always feel like summer in Florida, the sun beams as strong as ever from June to August. While these warmer temperatures call for splashing in swimming pools, going on picnics, and basking in the sun, it also calls for taking on cautionary measures to keep your pets safe in the summer heat. Here is a list of things to remember this summer from Polk County Animal Control, to keep your pets safe and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Never leave your pet in the car when you step out to run errands. Even with the windows rolled down, the inside of the car can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few minutes. Such high temperatures may cause your pet to suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and may even die. So leave your pet cooled off at home to await your return.

Be sure your pet always has access to water – indoors and outdoors. Keep a close eye on their water bowls to make sure they are full. If you choose to take a trip around the block with your pet, don’t forget to grab some fresh water to keep you both hydrated.

Pack some sunscreen for you and your pet. Though their fur helps to protect them, some exposed areas may be vulnerable to sunburns. Be sure to rub a bit of sunscreen on unprotected areas like the tip of their nose, the skin around their lips, and the tips of their ears.

Make sure to keep your pet well groomed. Brush out their tangles and mats thoroughly because they tend to trap heat, thus causing your pet to feel even warmer.  
Exercise is important to keep you pet healthy and fit. This summer, you may want to lessen their load of exercise by limiting it to early mornings or evening hours. Remember during the summer months the asphalt gets very hot and may burn your pets’ delicate paws.  Check the pavement with your hand; if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet!  

In essence, the same precautions you take to keep yourself free of sunburns, dehydration, and heat exhaustion, you should also apply to your furry friend. Keeping these summer safety tips in mind will allow you and your pet to have a fun and safe summer.