I hope you're enjoying some carefree summer days.  While you do, please keep the safety and comfort of your pet in mind.

[/caption]With the summer sizzle here this weekend, it brings to mind the safety of our little friends.  So, here are a few simple do's and don'ts for pooches and kitties.

 This makes me mad as heck.  Never ever, even for a minute, leave your dog or cat in your car unattended.  During the summer, even with the windows open, the inside of a vehicle will heat up like an oven.  Within a minute or two your pet could suffer a fatal heat stroke.  As a rule, animals with flat faces such as Persian cats and Pugs have a more difficult time breathing and are more susceptible to heat stroke.

There are many summer safeguards for pets on the ASPCA website.

Doctor Lila Miller, an ASPCA veterinarian says pets can get dehydrated quickly.  Make sure they have access to plenty of clean, fresh water and a comfortable place to stay in the shade.

July 4th is just a few days away.  That means fireworks.  We love 'em.  Dogs and cats don't.  Dogs, in particular, are afraid of loud noises including thunderstorms.  If your canine becomes upset, try petting him or her with some calming words.  If that doesn't do the job speak with your veterinarian about prescribing a mild tranquilizer.

I hope these tips will help you and your best friend to enjoy a safe and happy summer!