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As the dog days of summer roll around, your pooch may be spending more time outdoors. Of the millions of U.S. households that have dogs, many choose to keep their dogs outdoors at least part of the time. However, as the season turns hot, dog owners should take better care of their furry friends. If you are a concerned owner, follow these tips for protecting your outside dogs in the summer months.

Never Leave Your Dog in The Car

This is one of the most dangerous things you can do with your dog. Cars get extremely hot in the summer, even if the windows are cracked, which can be deadly for your pup. If you are going to a place where your dog can't come with you, it's best to leave them in your cool house.

Avoid Over-Exercising Your Dog 

Especially for breeds with smaller nasal passages, exercising during the hottest parts of the day can be dangerous. Choose to walk your dog in the morning and evening to avoid this. If your dog is outside and starts panting, vomiting, having difficulty standing, and has red gums, be sure to take them to a vet immediately. These are symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Watch Pets While They Swim

If you are taking your dog on a boat or to a large body of water, consider putting a bright-colored vest on them. This will help you spot them even from far away. Also be sure that they are not swimming in algae-filled or contaminated water, as this can make them sick.

Apply Flea and Tick Repellent

Just like ticks and other pests pose a risk to humans in the summer, they do the same for dogs. Ask your vet about a topical product that you can use, and be sure to make it part of your pet health routine.

Keep Pets Safe From Burns

Have your dog on a leash when you are having campfires to prevent major burns. To avoid more minor injuries, be sure to be careful when walking your dog on hot pavement. If your dog does burn themselves, take them to the vet or animal hospital immediately.

Staying Safe This Summer

Protecting your outside dogs in the summer months is an important part of your pet health care practices.

If you have any questions about how to keep your specific breed healthy, ask your veterinarian for advice. Your care will keep your dog happy and healthy during the hottest months of the year.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.