We love being outdoors during the summer here in south Louisiana, but the heat can get dangerous very quickly. Good Morning America has some great advice for dog owners during the hot months of the year. I mean, can you just imagine running around in this heat with a fur coat on? Tips are below, and I've added in a few of my own tried and true methods. Y'all have a safe and fun summer with your furry BFF's.


  • Hot pavement can burn their paws. We forget how quickly the concrete can heat up, even when it's not excessively hot outside. Just think what it would be like to walk barefoot on that hot paved surface.
  • Keep exercise to a minimum. Yes, they need exercise, but if it's hot and humid, that could be extremely dangerous if there's not a limit.
  • Make sure your dogs have plenty of water, and shade. This might sound elementary, but it's probably the most important factor in not letting them get
  • overheated.
  • Don't ever leave your dog in the car in the summer. Not even with a crack in the window for air.
  • Some breeds have breathing problems, which could be exacerbated by the heat. Bulldogs and pugs can have problems breathing even on a cool day, so make sure you watch them a little closer during hot weather.
  • Watch out for excessive panting. This could be a sign of overheating.
  • Dogs with dark coats get hot faster. Don't forget that even animals can get heat stroke


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