BEWARE. There are a lot of new products avail to help cool our pets. Many of them include types of coats, especially for dogs, that stay cool by wetting them. Why beware? Covering and/or using water on a dog’s back will contribute to containing heat. A much better plan- and generally FREE- would be to apply cool (NOT ICE COLD) water to the belly and feet, provide lots of shade and ample hydration.
BE PREPARED too. Think about taking a Pet CPR/First Aid class. The biggest attraction of this course is that you can learn how NOT to panic in the face of an emergency!