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      Protect your dog from the 'dog days of summer'

      Make sure you fill your dogâ??s water bowl multiple times a day

      Unfortunately, your dog can TMt text or call you when it needs water or food.

      Dogs may be man's best friend, but like any close buddy, they require a lot of your time and attention.

      This summer's heat means your bow-wow will need even more of your help.

      Kurt Groenda is the Shelter Administrator at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

      "You need to make sure they have fresh water all the time, if they are to be left outside," Groenda said."You need to make sure they have adequate shade. They are in an open spot where they can get the proper cooling and breeze."

      During the summer, Groenda sees plenty of dogs suffer from heat exhaustion.

      It upsets me quite a bit, because people should know better," Groenda said. "And that's part of owning a dog. I mean you have to know all the aspects of what that dog needs."

      Groenda knows dog owners can't spend every second with their pets.

      He said if you leave your pooch alone for a few hours on a hot day, don't fret.

      You just need to make sure they're safe.

      And there are a few ways you can do that by keeping them hydrated and cool.

      "There's cooling mats that you can buy. You just keep them in the refrigerator, the freezer," Jim Smashey, general manager for Petco in Quincy said. "You can take them out, unzip their bed or their pillow or whatever they sleep on, slide them in there. That will help keep it cool."

      When it reaches around eighty degrees, you'll need to refill the water bowl, three to four times a day.

      However, make sure your dog's water isn't too cold.

      "You don't want to be giving them chunks of ice to lick on or anything like that," Smashey said. "They will do it, but it takes away from their tongue. They kind of cool themselves when they pant."

      If your dog spends a lot of time outside, it needs the right type of bowl.

      "The stainless steel bowl is probably aren't the best, because they get hot really fast," Smashey said. "But any type of plastic bowl would be perfect if they're outside."

      Most importantly, check in on your four-legged friend every couple of hours.

      If you notice any unusual behavior, take your dog to the vet.

      Groenda has a message for anyone who leaves their dog in a car for more than a few minutes.

      You'll have to answer to animal control officers.

      "If they see a dog in a car, they're going to walk up to it and make sure it's cool inside," Groenda said. "If it's not, they're going to get authorization to break in and get the animal out of there."

      Groenda said if you tether your dog, make sure it can reach its water bowl.

      If your dog can't reach its bowl, the consequences could be deadly.