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How to keep your dog cool when temperatures get hot

Protect your pet from heatwaves.
Basset hound in front of fan

For a dog, temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit can be deadly.

As a pet owner, here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: If it’s too hot outside for you, then it’s way too hot for your dog.

Jason Nicholas, veterinarian and chief medical officer at Preventive Vet, says once weather hits 80 degrees Fahrenheit (which seems like Antarctica compared to last week’s 100-plus degree heat wave), pet owners should start taking precautions. Nicholas says he’s seen far too many cases of dogs with heatstroke, a deadly, but completely preventable, condition.

Why can't dogs handle the same weather that humans can? As much as the guy with long blonde hair may , dogs and humans are separate species with much different tolerances to temperature. We have the luxury of being swathed in a that cools us from head to toe. But dogs' thick fur coats make

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