Ahhhh summer - the smell of steaks cooking on the grill, the buzz of lawnmowers hungrily chomping on the grass, the brilliant fireworks displays, and the tasty frozen confections - summer is most definitely fun for just about everyone. And on the Fourth, even ferrets can get their patriotic flair on, check out the Marshall Uncle Sam hat or the American flag bandana. We would be remiss, however, if we didn't mention how to keep your ferrets cool and safe in the heat of summer. Most ferret owners know that heat (especially over 80ºF) can be dangerous, even fatal for ferrets. Follow these important tips and your ferret's summer can be worry-free: -- If your ferret remains indoors, make sure it's a well-ventilated and cool area -- Provide plenty of fresh, cool drinking water -- Frozen water bottles that are ¾ full make great "cooling units" for ferrets to lie against. -- Check your ferret regularly, watch for signs of overheating/heatstroke, which include: disorientation, agitation, lethargy, salivating, heavy panting, bright red gums, vomiting and diarrhea. -- If you suspect that your pet is suffering from heat stroke, take him to the vet immediately. If your ferret is an adventurous type that likes to swim, take advantage of that and get him a kiddy pool with a few inches of water to splash around in, but never leave a ferret unsupervised! Wishing you all a safe and happy summer!