With the hot weather upon us, you need to take some precautions to protect your dog. Continue your regular exercise regimen if you can but limit outside exercise to the cooler times of the day. Booties will help keep your dog’s feet from burning on hot surfaces. Keep your dog inside for most of the day and night to keep cool. If it is too hot for you to be outside, it is much too hot for your dog. Provide an air conditioner or fans to keep the air moving and cooling to your dog. Consider allowing your dog to go swimming or play in a baby pool on hot days. Even a bath can be refreshing. Ensure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Watch for signs of overheating such as excessive panting, vomiting or becoming unconscious. These conditions call for medical attention. Learn more from your Sugar Land, TX veterinary clinic.