I LOVE SUMMER! But you have to be careful of the heat if you have a dog… and if you don’t have a dog, you really should get one. Never leave your best friend in the car. During warm weather, dogs who are left in hot cars even a little can get heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and brain damage. Give us Lots of Water. My favorite is a whole pond full! But be careful, not everyone can swim as well as me. And dogs need lots of water to drink and shade to help stay cool. Not too much exercise. On especially hot days you might want to take your best friend out only in early morning or evening when it’s not so hot. Hot asphalt can burn our paws and we can get sunburned too. Some dogs may even require sunscreen on their nose and ear tips! Watch Out! If your dog is panting heavily, if they have glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, a wobbly walk, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue, that could mean they’re overheated. If that happens, move them into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over their body. Let your dog drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. If necessary, get them to a veterinarian immediately. I guess these things apply to cats as well. But I wouldn’t know, I don’t have any cat friends.