As the season changes to summer, the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside, pet owners need to take special precautions for their dogs. Bark Busters offers some helpful tips for dog owners on keeping their canine companions happy, cool and safe during the dog days of summer.

Bark Busters offers the following tips for dog owners:

Beat the Heat
Remember that a parked car can become dangerously hot in only a few minutes. Dogs are not efficient at cooling themselves. They cannot perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Panting and drinking water helps to cool them, but if they have only overheated air to breathe in a parked car, dogs can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes.

Your light-colored dog’s coat can invite damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, leading to sunburn and possible skin cancer. If your dog is light-colored and/or he lacks black pigment around the eyes, ears and nose, keep him out of the bright sun. Ask your veterinarian about sun block for your dog, preferably in a formula he can’t lick off. Read more.