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Spring has most definitely sprung! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer. It’s already scorching here in Charleston, and summer has yet to officially start. As we head towards even higher temperatures, make sure that your furry friends are having just as much fun as you with a few simple tricks to keep them happy and healthy.

  1. Apply Sunscreen

If your dog is spending more than a few minutes outside, they might actually be getting sunburnt! Dogs with short, thin hair are particularly vulnerable to those UVA and UVB rays, so make sure to apply a pet-specific sunscreen before heading out into the sun for extended periods of time.

  1. Don’t Abandon Them in the Car

Leaving your dog in the car for a few moments might not seem like a problem, but it only takes minutes for pets to develop heat stroke and suffocate. When a car is parked in the sun, it can act like an oven and double the outside temperature inside of the car. If you do plan on taking your four-legged friend around with you, bring them inside and don’t ditch them in the car.

  1. Steer Clear of Unknown Land

Find a safe spot to bring your dogs this summer! Lots of lawns are treated with pesticides and fertilizers in the summer, which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets. Take them somewhere you know is free of irritants, like a dog park, instead.

  1. Protect Them from Parasites

Check in with your vet to make sure that your dog is safe from pesky parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. They can transfer diseases like heartworm, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to your pet, which could infect you, too!

  1. Avoid Asphalt

The sun can really heat up surfaces like asphalt and metal. Driving around with your dog in the back of your truck is dangerous as it can burn paws. Try to avoid hot pavement, not just because it can burn paws, but that heat transfer can even lead to overheating.

  1. Invest in a Kiddy Pool

Keep your dog cool with a kiddy pool this summer! The water helps to cool them off, and exercising can help them shed those extra pounds they might have put on in the winter.

  1. Trim, Don’t Shave

It might seem like a good idea to shave off your pet’s thick coat for the summer, but it actually could be causing more harm than good. The layers of your dog’s coat protect them from overheating and skin problems, like sunburns. If you do want to help them out, a little trim works wonders!

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