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Truckee PD gives tips to protect your dog from summer dangers

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Keep Fido cool this summer.

Summertime in Truckee and Tahoe has arrived and although it's enticing to get outside with your dog and have a good time, the Truckee Police Department wants to make sure you are aware of potential danger.

HOT CARS

Have you ever left your dog in a parked car? If so, it's time to stop. Keeping a dog in a hot car can have tragic consequences. It is the number one reason dogs get heat stroke.

Leaving your dog safely at home is better than taking the chance in causing harm or breaking the law. A few minutes can make a big difference. Truckee PD's first concern is for the safety of the dog.

WATER AND SHADE

Water is essential to your dog's well being. Be sure there is clean, cool water available for your dog at all times. Giving your dog water is one of the best ways that you can prevent heat problems.

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If your dog is kept outside while you are away from home, be sure the dog is able to escape the direct sunlight. Shade protection is the best defense. Ventilated doghouses and covered decks can also help in protection.

EXERCISE

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, but there is a danger your dog could get sunburn, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Prevent these things from happening by avoiding hot pavement and keep water with you at all times.

Some people like to take their dog power walking, jogging and cycling. Pay close attention if your dog falls behind or seems overly hot or tired. It is best to not exercise your dog between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. — exercise your dog in the early morning or early evening .

It is up to owners to use caution and keep pets safe from the dangerous effects of the summer sun.