Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Dog Days of Summer.

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We're seeing temperatures in the 90s and even above for the next week.
And while you're staying hydrated and in the shade make sure you're doing the same for your pet.

Its the dog days of summer and doberman, Jewels, is just looking to get out and get her fair share of the sun.

"She still loves to have her outdoor time so we try to accommodate that but just not let her stay too long," says Jewels' owner, Melody Williams.

Jewels knows the drill during these hot days, get a walk in early and drink lots of water.

"So what we do is we'll take her on shorter walks and we'll also take her very early or late at night because she still wants to get her exercise in but we cut her walks down about half the distance," says Williams.

Animal experts say those indoor dogs shouldn't stay out long in the dead of the heat but for outdoor dogs shade from a tree or a building is key.

"Dog houses are not efficient sources of shade because they trap the heat, it's kind of like an oven effect."

"When this kind of weather we never let her go out without us being out there with her, just to monitor you know," says Williams. "She'll want to stay out but with her being black we have to be pretty cognizant that she gets hot, pretty quick."

One of the most common and deadly effects of being over heated is-- heat stroke.

"Heavy panting, labored breathing, these are the early stages, their gums are real red, their tongues are red and going off balance, that's a sign also that they're going into heat stroke," warns Schubert.

If you notice this happening with your pet... try and cool them down immediately.

"You can run rubbing alcohol on the pads of their feet, put a hose on them, let them eat ice chips, try to get their temperature down. A dog's temperature should be between 100 and 102." continues Schubert.

Breeds with shorter noses like a boxer or pugs are more at risk of being over heated.

"They have a hard time, they don't pant as efficiently as long faced dogs," says Schubert. "They have a really hard time in the heat so it's actually important to keep those type of dogs inside in the air conditioning."

Also keeping your pup properly groomed can help shed a lot of heat.

"Some dogs have undercoats, your sheppards, chows, retrievers, have the thick undercoats and you should brush those out to get rid of those. You'll see they shed in clumps because their body is trying to get rid of that hair," explains Schubert.

Making sure you and your pets are prepared for the heat ahead.

"So we make sure there's lots of water available for her and we don't let her go out as long as maybe the 70 or 80 degree weather," says Williams.

Schubert also recommends a baby pool for dogs to walk in when hot.
She also remind everyone to never leave a pet in the car, no matter how long.