07/20/2010 12:56 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The 9 Most Important Tips to Help Your Pet Beat the Heat (PHOTOS)

How to keep you and your pet healthy and fit in sweltering summer heat.

Don't be caught unprepared as Mother Nature Cranks up the Heat! The summer is prime time to turn an eye towards improving both your own and your pet's health. Balmy evening walks and nutritious meals will go a long way toward making pets and their parents feel like a million bones! Both avid dog walkers and lazy leash luggers alike will find a new spring in their step with these tips for a truly fur-tastic summer. With a whole host of outdoor activities, longer days, and warmer nights, there is no better time to tighten up your walk regimen, learn a new trick, or explore new places! While you're getting caught up in all of your summer fun, don't forget that summer is also the perfect time to get in shape and stay healthy, but it's always
important to be mindful of the heat and sun. Work with nature, not against her!

Fuel your summer activities with fresh and satisfying food that will have your barking beauty begging for more. Take a peek below and find the 9 most important things to remember when preparing to beat the heat.


So, slather on the sunscreen, strap on your sneakers, get out and enjoy the summer with your pet! Eat right, have fun, soak up the sun, and enjoy the puppy love for being such a purrfect pet parent!