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Summer is a time for the whole family, including our pets, to enjoy being outdoors. However, just as there are safety precautions to ensure warm-weather safety for humans, there are also precautions to make sure our dogs stay safe and happy. Here are 5 things you can do to protect your dog this season.

1)  Provide unlimited access to water and shade
Make sure you keep your dog's water bowl in a shady area and change it frequently.  Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow.

2) Never leave your dog in the car
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle, even on a temperate day. The temperature inside a car can reach 30 degrees higher than the temperature outside. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time. Dogs who are exposed to prolonged or intense heat can suffer from organ damage, heatstroke or even death.

3) Avoid prolonged exoposure to hot surfaces
Asphalt, concrete or sand can burn your dog's paws. Instead plan a route where there are more cooler surfaces such as grass. 

4) Parasites
Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects are at their peak during the summer months. Talk to your veterinarian about appropriate protection such as collars, sprays, shampoos, dips, and other products.

5) Protect their skin
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most common in cats. Even though fur provides some protection from the sun, you should apply a pet sunblock every 3 to 4 hours to the least hair-covered spots: ears, nose, belly and groin area. 

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