During summer your pet needs more care. So here are some tips to keep your pet cool.

Groom pets in summer: Puppies with too much fur should be well groomed during summer time. Furry dog breeds should be well clipped during this season as the thick coat makes them feel hotter. It also makes it a home for bacteria and parasites.

If you minus the heat, summer is all about fun, isn't it? The same goes for your pets. They can be extremely uncomfortable. According to Dr. K.G. Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, Mars India, “Dogs can't perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet.”

Here's what he suggests:

Keep their bed cool: Remove cushion bedding from your dog's bed.

Exercise: Save exercise sessions for early morning or after the sun goes down. Check the ground during walks. Blacktop can get scorching hot for your dog's pads. Touch the surface yourself — if it's too hot for you, it's probably too hot for your dog as well.

Think inside the house: Keep your dog indoors when you go out for more than an hour. If possible, restrict them to rooms with either air conditioning or a fan.

Hose them down: Try a gentle spray of cool water. It may take you a few tries before your pooch enjoys the experience.

Watch out for symptoms of heat stress or stroke: If you see that your dog is panting heavily, salivating or foaming, these may be the first signs of a heat-related problem. The hallmark of heat-stroke is severe central nervous system (brain) disturbance and is often associated with multi-organ dysfunction. Get your dog to a cool location, provide small drinks of cold water, and, if he doesn't improve within a few minutes, contact your veterinarian.

Feeding: Dogs tend to eat less in summer but they end up spending more energy in an effort to lower their body temperatures. A well-balanced nutritionally complete and energy dense diet like dry dog food, which also contains some natural antioxidants and offers some protection against the effects of heat stress. Also provide them with plenty of fresh water.

Give your dog space: Dogs, like people, can get grumpy when it's hot. Remind young children that their hugs may not be appreciated on stifling days.