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Summer is upon us, and you know what that means. Well, lots of things, but mostly the Texas heat we all know and loathe. However, it’s also a time for vacations, and an overall break from the normal. Your furry friend is a big part of your life, and it is important to take great care of them in this weather, and if they are a part of your activities, to make sure they are kept safe. Here are a few tips on making this the best summer ever with the (presumably) harriest member of your family.

1. DO NOT keep them in the car while you run inside.

Everyone has been told this over and over again, but it’s vital to say another time. Even if it’s for just a few minutes, the temperature in your car can reach deadly temperatures almost instantly. Click Here for more information on how quickly it can get hot in your car in the summer and how it affects pets.

2. Keep Their Paws Off The Asphalt

We have all suffered from stepping out onto black asphalt in the summer, and boy do we know it hurts! Your pet’s paws are sensitive, too. They can sustain serious burns in a very short time. When you take them for a walk, try to keep them on the grass as much as possible, instead.

3. Make Sure Outdoor Pets Have A Way To Cool Off

If you have a doggie door installed in your back door, it is much easier to make sure your pets don’t overhead. If you don’t, and say, you have a cat that will not come inside unless you make it, make sure their food and water are changed out regularly throughout the day and put ice in the water bowl. It is also a good idea to invest in some sort of outdoor shelter that doesn’t absorb heat for them to hang out during the day, Such As This One.

4. Keep Them Bathed/Brushed

Can you imagine wearing a thick sweater all summer? No, thank you. Our pets don’t have much of a choice in the matter, but keeping them clean and brushed will help keep them cooled off. They shed excessively in the summer, and if it is not thoroughly removed, there can be buildup that will make them more uncomfortable than necessary.

5. Keep Them Away From That Food At Your Barbeque

While they can eat many things that we do, some of our food is poisonous to pets. Here Is A Slideshow of what you should keep away from your dogs and why they can hurt. It also lists common symptoms, which is very helpful if you think there’s a chance your pet got into some of the food behind your back.