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      Keeping your dog safe during the Dog Days of Summer

      Temperatures are on the rise as we get closer to the official start of summer next Saturday. But itâ??s not just people who are feeling the heat. So is manâ??s best friend. But there are certain steps you can take to make sure the family dog stays safe during the upcoming summer.

      The first one is to never leave your dog in a car. Just a couple of minutes in a sweltering car could be lethal. But despite the risks, itâ??s a problem the Wood County Humane Society deals with every time the temperature rises.

      â??Thatâ??s the most calls we get,â?? according to Cassie Williams, a staff member at the Wood County Humane Society. Williams says that the temperature inside of a car can surpass 100 degrees after only ten minutes. And thatâ??s a car that is parked in shade with the windows cracked. She warns heat stroke can occur quickly to a dog if left in a vehicle.

      Meanwhile, if youâ??re looking to take your dog out for a walk, Williams says to be mindful of the pavement you and the dog are walking on. She says if the pavement is too hot for your bare feet, then itâ??s also too hot for your dogâ??s paws. Hot pavement can also impact a dogâ??s body temperature, especially for dogs that are low to the ground, according to Williams.

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      Another danger facing dogs is sunburn. Williams encourages the use of sunscreen, especially for dogs with a thin fur coat. She says the nose and ears of a dog are most prone to sunburn, and applying regular sunscreen will help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

      Meanwhile, if your dog has a thick fur coat, Williams says you should leave it as it is, even if it seems counterintuitive.

      â??A lot of people shave their animals in the summer, because they think theyâ??re too hot. But that can also lead to sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer. And also their fur helps them cool themselves. So even though your dog has this really heavy coat, itâ??s designed to help keep them cool,â?? according to Williams.

      Finally, if your dog is outside a lot, Williams says itâ??s important they have ample shade--whether from trees or from a shelter--and plenty of clean drinking water.

      And if you like to spoil your dog and want to get them a cold treat, the American Humane Society has a recipe for peanut butter popsicles .

      Following these tips will keep your pet safe and help your dog get through those summer days that are named after them.