PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Here are a few tips to keep cool with your canine in the dog days of summer.

Exercise and walk your dog either early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperature is a little cooler. Swimming is a great summer activity providing a fun way to exercise together and to stay cool at the same time.

Stay hydrated and do the same for your dog. Always provide clean fresh water and bring a bottle of water along with you on a walk with your dog. Use a spray bottle for a quick way to cool down too and remember, dogs cool down from the bottom up. Make sure to spray the paws and stomach or cool your dog with a wet towel gently placed on the stomach and back.

Since dogs are unable to sweat, they cool themselves off by panting. Always keep an eye out for signs of dehydration including excessive panting and drooling, lethargic behavior, dry nose and gums, vomiting, diarrhea and increased heart rate. The skin quickly loses elasticity so if you lift the skin, it will take longer than usual to fall back into place. Darker coats on dogs absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, puppies, senior, ill and overweight dogs are at a higher risk for dehydration.

Always provide proper ventilation, fresh water and a cool, safe place to retreat throughout the day while you’re at work.

And of course, never leave your dog in a parked car, especially in the heat. When driving, provide proper ventilation and air conditioning and always take along plenty of fresh water.

Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio

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