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How to Protect Your Pets from Summertime Heat

Here at Gregory, we love our dogs, and we know you love yours, too! Use these tips to keep your dogs safe, healthy and cool this summer.

Increase baths. Bathe your dog after they spend time in wooded areas or areas with tall grasses. These are places pests, like ticks and fleas, like to hide in. These pests will latch on to your pet and could then be carried into your home. By bathing your dog before they come inside, you may be able to wash the parasites off before they come into your home.

Keep nails cut. Long nails are prone to breakage which can cause your dog pain. Nails that are too long can also make it harder for your pet to walk because their nails are continuously being pushed up as they walk. If they find a way to walk that relieves some of the pressure, it can cause other injuries to occur.

Protect the paws. A dog’s paws are susceptible to burns, just like our feet are. Avoid walking on concrete during the hottest times of the day. You should try to walk them during the cooler parts of the day, if at all possible. You may also want to invest in a pair of booties or socks to protect your dog’s paws from the hot pavement.

Keep them hydrated. Dogs are 80% water. This means they need water just as much as we do. Make sure your dog has access to water, especially when they’re playing outside.

Don’t shave dogs with undercoats. These undercoats help dogs regulate their body temperature and also give their skin extra protection from things like poison ivy and UV rays. Instead of shaving these dogs, brush them regularly. Brushing them will get the dead skin and excess hair off their bodies, which will help keep the hair out of your house, too!

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