Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

Summer is a great time to be a dog owner.

Ready for summertime fun in the sun with your favorite four-legged friend? I know I am.

But not so fast. If you’re outdoors and feeling the heat, you can bet your dog is, too. And for dogs, overheating can be dangerous.

I recently took my dog for a routine checkup and to get his flea prevention medication.

His veterinarian shared some helpful information about the unique risks to a dog’s health that we should keep in mind throughout the season.

These summer dangers include:

Heat stroke : Occurs when your dog’s body temperature rises dangerously high.

It is most common when dogs are left in a car for too long or when they exercise in the heat.

Your dog always needs access to shade if it’s outside.

Sunburn: Dogs can burn in the sun just like people can. Light-colored and thin-coated dogs have an increased risk of sunburn.

Sunburn causes pain, itching and other problems.

To prevent sunburn, apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Be sure to cover the tips of your dog’s ears and nose, the skin around its mouth and its back.

Dehydration: Prevent dehydration by providing your dog with unrestricted access to fresh and cool water with an automatic dog waterer. You can also feed your dog wet dog food during the summer to increase its fluid intake.

Fun at the library

Summer activities are happening at Audubon Regional Library’s St. Helena Branch, 53 South Main St., Suite A, Greensburg.

St. Helena Parish Deputy George Baker and his K-9 partner Gundy will hold a demonstration at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. June 18.

“Make It: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote” program begins at 11 a.m. Friday.

Painting class with Caroline Harrell is at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A program on the book “The Rooster Did Not Crow,” illustrated by Mykara Taylor begins at 11 a.m. June 19. Call (225)-222-4328.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.