Make sure you're putting your pet's safety first in the summertime.​​​​​​

Colorado is a pet-loving state and in order to keep them happy in the Centennial State (particularly in the summer), we need to be mindful of how the heat affects our dogs and cats. The last thing any pet owner should do during this time of year is to spend an agonizing day at the vet's office, which is why we collected some tips on keeping Scruffy healthy all summer long.

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  • Have clean, fresh water at the ready. 
     
  • If there's no shade available, make your own with a tarp or pop-up canopy.
     
  • Visit the vet to ensure your pet is free of fleas, ticks, and heartworm as these are more present in warm weather.
     
  • NEVER LEAVE A PET IN A PARKED CAR. Cars overheat very quickly which will trigger heat stroke. Colorado is one of the few states where it is legal for a concerned citizen to break into a car in order to rescue a dog or cat. Full explanation of this law can be found here.
     
  • Be aware of overheating symptoms in pets which include (but not limited to) rapid heart and respiratory rate, breathing difficulties, weakness, excessive panting, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and a body temperature that goes over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Take your pets outdoors in the cooler hours of the day.

  • If your dog went swimming, always rinse off their fur and stop them from drinking chlorinated pool water. 
     
  • Trim your pet's fur but don't shave them.
     
  • Keep herbicides and insecticides away from pets. If you suspect your dog or cat may have ingested one of these substances, call your veterinarian immediately.
     
  • Avoid hot asphalt. Dogs absorb and release heat through their paws and these sensitive areas burn very easily.

Any other tips we didn't include on our list? Sound off in the comments below.