1. Always use sunblock
Few pet parents know that skin cancer is the #1 most common type of cancer found in dogs. Just as you should always protect your own skin by applying sunscreen to uncovered areas of skin, you should always coat your dog's most exposed areas--like his belly--when planning to spend lots of time outdoors.
2. Avoid long exposure to high temperatures
If you and your dog are going to exert yourselves on a hot day, beware of the possibility of heat exhaustion. And, though it should go without saying, never leave your dog locked in a hot car.
3. Keep hydrated
Both dogs and humans require plenty of water each day, and this becomes especially important in the hot summer months. Between activities, be sure to rehydrate. In addition to your own water, consider carrying a travel bowl and bottle just for your dog.
4. Stay up-to-date on parasite and pest medications
More time outdoors can also mean more opportunities to pick up unwanted guests. Administer anti-parasite and anti-tick and flea medications per the product's advised schedules to keep your best friend free of hangers-on. Remember to use insect repellent on yourself, too, to keep the bugs at bay!
5. Try not to share too much barbecue
As tempting as it can be to give in to those puppy dog eyes and drop your tasty scraps, too many foods with a high fat content can eventually lead to pancreatitis, which can be not only painful but potentially fatal.
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