It's so important to pay attention to your pet during these hot summer days. True, we don't get the super high heat here in the Rockies as elsewhere in the country but it's hot enough none the less. It's very important to pay attention to signs of stress in your dog.
Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend safe this summer. Try walking them during the cooler parts of the day. Make sure they have plenty of water inside and out, this is especially critical if your dog is an outside dog most of the day. If this is the case make sure they also have a shady area or some sort of protection from the harsh sun. Do not leave your pet in a parked car on a hot day. This should be obvious but it happens every year that pets die from being left in a hot car. Pay attention to your pet. Some panting in heat is okay, excessive panting and lethargy is not. They may have heat stroke and you need to get them to the vet as soon as possible.
The Humane Society of the US has some great tips for taking care of pets in summer as well as some downloadable tip sheets on what to do if you spot a dog left alone in a hot car.