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Dog Days of Summer

The Texan summertime heat is oppressive to almost everyone and everything. And while some may simply consider it a seasonal nuisance, high temperatures are capable of creating and inflicting real danger and consequences--especially on your pets. With some reports estimating about 200,000 dogs in the Austin-area, the city is known for being dog friendly. But while you can grab yourself a refreshing ice cold drink or seek some shade to escape the sun, your dog depends upon you to keep them from overheating. Here are some ways to keep your best bud safe from the heat:

  1. Walkabout

In case you couldn't tell, the hottest part of the day belongs to the afternoon. If you and your pooch normally schedule your walk during this time you should reschedule for the summer months. Switching your walking time to the early morning or evening will create a more enjoyable experience for your furry friend. 2. Save the shave Though it may seem counterintuitive, you should not necessarily shave your dog's coat during the summer. Some dog's coats actually function to regulate their body temperature and therefore keep them cool when its super hot. 3. Bar the car Leaving your dog locked in a hot car is a big no-no. While Texas does not currently have a law restricting people from leaving a dog in a parked car, there is a general animal cruelty law that may be relevant to certain cases. Moreover, dog-lovers have been known to break a car window to relieve a desperate doggy. 4. Invest in the best Dogs are not high-maintenance or hard to please. In fact, their summertime sufferings may be easily alleviated with a dip in a hose-filled kiddie pool or by a rest on cooling pet pad. Now that you know just how to take care of your pup during the summer heat, you should also know how to take care of yourself if you happen to succumb to the dangers associated with scorching temps. Personal injury attorney, Rhett Hoestenbach, is your go-to guy. Contact him at (512) 472-8865 or at [email protected]. After all, who will take care of your dog if you can't take care of yourself?

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