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Woof! Keep your pets cool in the summer heat

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Be aware that your dog's paws are sensitive to hot pavement. (KTEN) Be aware that your dog's paws are sensitive to hot pavement. (KTEN)
If your dog spends time outside, be sure it has a shady spot to rest and plenty of cool water to drink. (KTEN) If your dog spends time outside, be sure it has a shady spot to rest and plenty of cool water to drink. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The summer months are here, which means temperatures are approaching potentially dangerous levels.

Not only do we feel these spikes, but so do our pets.  It's important to take steps to keep your cats and dogs hydrated with cool water.

"The hot months can be life or death," said dog owner Jeanie Beam. "It isn't just about shade, although that's important. It's about cool water. Not just any water, it needs to be cool. So, if your animal stays outside, it definitely needs a way to stay cool."

A dog's paw pads can be damaged from an afternoon walk on searing hot pavement. If you take your dog out, do so early in the morning or later in the evening to keep their paws safe from burns and blisters.

"Most of the time, paws are not callused or used to the heat outside," explained Dr. David Tidwell of Texoma Veterinary Hospital. "Surfaces -- with the hot sun beaming down, especially asphalt, if it's dark -- is going to get very hot and can blister dog's pads and paws."

He said if the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it's too hot for your dog.

"The asphalt gets really hot. So, if you're walking your animals try to do it in the shade, especially in the heat of the day," Beam said. "Touch it; if it's hot, it will burn the animal's paw."

Remember: Darker pavement absorbs more heat, so asphalt will almost always be hotter than a concrete surface.

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