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Tips to Keep Dogs Cool This Summer

Dog sitting in grass with ball


Remember that dogs can get overheated just like us! Here are some precautions to keep your dogs safe from the dangers of hot weather. 


Exercise dogs during the cool hours of the day 

Dogs will be happiest going out in early morning or late evening when it's cooler. On very hot days, keep your pup in the shade to avoid dehydration and heatstroke. 

Sidewalks can be too hot for paws, and short or light colored coats can attract a sunburn in the middle of the day. Give your pet a run through the grass, in the shade, to protect from burns. 

Some dogs will keep going even if they have had enough. Keep an eye on your pup's play and make them take a time-out if they are having trouble breathing or are exhibiting signs of dehydration or heatstroke. 

Proper grooming is especially important in the summer 

If you have a dog with a thick coat, their fur can act as a sun and heat protection. They don't need to be shaved in the summer months. Their undercoat can insulate against the heat and regulate temperature. But if it's not maintained it can prevent air flow. Frequent brushing helps keep your pet's coat healthy and comfortable. 

Don't leave your dog in a hot car 

Everyone should know this by now, but it always bears repeating. Even if you are just popping into a store for a few moments, you should never leave your dog in a hot parked car -- even with the windows open. 

Summer is the best season for spending time outside in Boulder. Let your pets enjoy the weather while keeping them safe. 

Did you know that 1 in 3 pets go missing in their lifetime? Scary, right? That's why the City of Boulder has partnered with DocuPet to give Boulder dog guardians access to features like the HomeSafe Lost Pet Service when you register your pups. Learn more about the membership online at http://boulder.docupet.com or call 1 (855) 249-1370.

Published: July 2, 2019