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If you are in the Carolinas this week, you know it is a hot one. With temperatures in the high 90s and even 100s, keeping your furry best friend cool is essential.

With potentially record-breaking temperatures, keeping your dog cool in the summer heat should be a top priority of your mind. Extreme heat can be very bad and even deadly for your dog. According to the American Red Cross, heat stroke is a common problem for pets and can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage. Here are some helpful hacks to keep your dog cool in the North Carolina heat.

  • #1 Stay Hydrated

    Make sure your furry family members have access to water all the time during high temperatures. Keeping your dog hydrated should be your number one priority. This is very important. Dogs should drink anywhere between 1/2 to 1 oz of fresh water per pound of body weight.

    Thirsty dog

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle

    Never leave a dog in a hot car. Parked cars are typically much warmer inside than they are outside, so keep that in mind. Dogs can get a heat stroke, even if left in the car for even an hour if their body temperature rises.

  • Limit Exercise

    You should check the temperature and humidity each day before taking your dog for an activity. When it’s hot and humid, it’s best to avoid any form of exercise with your dog on a day like this. Even on a cooler day, you should still check the pavement temperature before walking your dog. Asphalt can get extremely hot in direct sunlight.

    Smiling,Labrador,Dog,In,The,City,Park

  • Walk on the Grass

    When possible, stay away from the pavement. Depending on where you live, temperatures will typically be cooler early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If possible, walk your dog on the grass that is cooler.

  • Cool Water and Shade

    Keeping your dog cool this hot Summer is a must. Some dogs enjoy lying in the water to cool down. Another great idea is to get your dog a little pool or bathtub. If you are playing with your dog at the beach, a pool, a lake, a stream, or whatever, make sure you bring fresh water.

    Golden retriever lying by the pool

  • Protect the Paws

    Dog paws can get burned on long summer walks, especially if your pup is young. Avoid walking during the afternoon to protect its paws. Take your puppy for a walk early in the morning or late at night. You should not take your pet out at the height of the day on cement or asphalt, but rather on grass or other cool surfaces.