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Animal Watch: Making sure the dog days don’t claim your pet

We are in the dog days of summer, so it's important to not only take care of yourself, but also to take care of your animals.

More and more days where the sun beats down, sometimes reaching temperatures in the 90s or even 100s. At what point is it too hot for your animals?

Grace Feist, animal expert: "If it's too hot for you outside, it's too hot for them."

But animals like dogs need their exercise. There are a few steps to take to make sure they're as safe as possible.

Feist: "If the concrete is too hot for the back of your hand to touch, then it's too hot for the dogs feet. So, you need to try to walk them in grass. Also make sure they have lots of shade."

The shade can only help so much for dogs, especially if they have thick coats. Feist has a little bit of a trick she uses for those animals she takes care of.

Feist: "You can freeze water, like two liter bottles, and then just leave them outside for the dogs to lay up against, kind of like nice air conditioning."

Or she says just use ice cubes out of the freezer.

Keeping your animals cool isn't the only thing to worry about in the summer. You need to constantly be on the lookout for insects such as ticks.

Grace Feist: "A lot of times people think, well I don’t have a lot of trees in my yard, so my dogs aren't going to get ticks. But in the summer months especially, even if you don't have trees, your dogs and animals can still get ticks and heartworm. So, it's really important to make sure you stay up on all that medication and stuff during the summer months."

She also sets aside time to check their coats. Just in case one decided to sneak past the tick repellant.

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