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Summer dog safety

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Summer officially begins this week. That means hot days for you and your dog.

In southern Oregon and northern California, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors with your canine companion, but it's important to keep a few things in mind.

Dogs' internal temperatures tend to run higher than humans'. That means that if you're feeling the heat, your dog certainly is too.

"I mean, there's a lot of things to think about as the weather gets hotter. One of the biggest things is that people need to make sure that their animals have plenty of fresh water and shade. And a dog house really isn't adequate when it gets hot because the dog houses can actually trap the heat, " says Karen Evans, Executive Director of Southern Oregon Humane Society.

It's also important to consider the temperature of the pavement when on walks. If it's too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.

When the air is gets uncomfortably warm, give your dog a way to cool off, even if that just means filling up a kiddie pool.

And finally, it doesn’t have to be too hot outside to be too hot inside your car.

Take advantage of the summer months, but instead of a mid-day hike, consider a walk in the cooler mornings or take your four legged friend to the lake for a dip.

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