Wendy Diamond – Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Rescue Advocate, TV Personality and Best Selling Author -- spoke to our Dan Mannarino to help us understand how to care of their pets during this summer!

The dog days of summer are almost here, and there will be a lot of HOT DOGS! Most people and pets know how to find fun in the sun, but staying safe, healthy, and hydrated is an often-overlooked component of outdoor fun with our four-legged friends. So, don't let your dog be a hot dog!

Follow these tips and you'll be sure to have a tail wagging good time this summer regardless of species! In a recent survey we conducted 78% of pet parents responded that they need more education about keeping their pets healthy during the summer heat! Here are important tips to ensure you and your pets don't get burned!

1. Flea and Tick Season Tips

• Summer is Flea and Tick Season

o Dogs are outside more and the creepy crawlies are multiplying!

• As a first line of defense use Planet Petco's Flea and Tick shampoo

• If your pet is doing double duty as a flea factory be your pet's champion and give them the tools to fight back with Bayer Advantage.

o Available for dogs and cats of all sizes

• Remember Fleas and Ticks aren't the only things lurking in the grass many public spaces are sprayed with harmful pesticides! And Lilies, while they may just be flowers to us are Toxic for cats! So always keep a careful eye on your pets when they go exploring.

2. Stay Hydrated

• If you took anything away from high school, you probably remember every living creature on this planets best friend; good old H2O! No Dog's day is complete without constant access to fresh, cool water.

• Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration or over heating such as:

o Vomiting

o Lethargy

o Swollen Gums (The gums are the window into your pets health!)

• Always keep Water Handy Remember Dogs Pant because they don't sweat, so they need plenty of water on hot summer days!

o Use a Popware Collapsible Water Bowl or the Handi-Drink 2 (a green solution to limit wasted water) to keep your hound hydrated

3. Beating the Heat