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WILTON, Conn. (July 18, 2013) – The hot days of summer can make everyone uncomfortable, especially our canine family members. Canine Company offers a few recommendations to help your dog cope with the intense summer weather conditions.

Water is essential!
– It is extremely important to allow your dog’s constant access to water to stay hydrated.
– Set up a kiddy pool for your dog to bath in. It’s best to place the pool in the shade to keep the water at a comfortable temperature.
– Give your dog a bath on a particularly hot sunny day. Just like us, being splashed with cold water is shocking; so check the water to see if it’s a comfortable temperature before beginning. Bathing provides multiple benefits besides cooling off your dog. Using dog shampoos like Pet Head® Quickie Quick, you can remove excess oils and any stubborn bits of dirt without drying out the skin.

Mind the duration of activities and time spent outdoors.
– In the heat of the summer, a dog’s physical limitations will change, making walks more demanding. Change the timing of physical activity to the coolest parts of the day – the early morning or late evening. Walks in the intense heat could easily lead to heat stroke.
– Avoid pavement as much as possible. The pads of your dog’s feet are sensitive. If you live in an urban area and pavement is inevitable, Musher’s Secret Paw Protection® wax-based cream provides a shield against hot sand, pavement and salt along with vitamin E to heal existing wounds.

Summer coat maintenance is key.
– Make combing a regular habit to thin out thick coats. Build it into a routine part of your day. Not only does combing provide relief by removing excess fur but leaves your dog’s coat looking clean and burnished. FURminator® deshedding combs work well and provide a variety of tools for different hair lengths and dog sizes.
– If your dog has a long coat, it might be a good idea to trim it. Trimming hair will provide relief by allowing excessive heat to leave the body. On the other hand, be careful not to leave your dog with too little fur. Your dog’s fur protects them against the suns intense rays and traps cool air close to the body.
– Not all fur is created equal. Dogs with short hair often have exposed spots of skin, allowing the opportunity for sunburn. Rub a little pet friendly sunscreen on the bridge of the nose, tips of the ears and belly.

Pay mind to the nature of your errands and the temperature outside.
– Don’t leave your dog in the car for any amount of time, even with the windows cracked. According to the Animal Protection Institute, on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes. If you can’t bring your companion in the store, it’s best to leave him/her at home in a cool area. If you notice a dog in an unoccupied car, report it!

In general, look out for signs of heat stress, including excessive panting, heart rate, unsteadiness, deep red or purple tongue and vomiting or diarrhea. If your dog is still not coping well in the heat seek professional Veterinary help immediately.

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