The dog days of Summer heat has already started in some regions. Our temperatures have consistently been in the 80’s…
I can’t remember a Spring season – seems as if it did a quick drive-by. nascarstyle
Summers rising temperatures along with its thick humidity can be uncomfortable – and dangerous for our pets.
We as pet parents must be vigilant about practicing basic summer safety.
A FEW REMINDERS –
- Limit exercise on hot days: Be mindful of the temperature when exercising your pet. Adjust the intensity AND duration
Now the Boys and I walk earlier in the mornings and later in the evenings. During the middle of the day, Jaxson goes outside but only for short intervals. We play in the backyard because asphalt gets hot and can burn paw pads…
- Provide ample shade and water: When your pet is outside, make sure there is protection from the heat and the sun. Tree shade and tarps are excellent because they don’t obstruct airflow
Harley of course takes it to a totally different level. Screened in porch, lounge chair and ice floating in his water bowl #divodoodle…
- Cold Water and Cool treats: Pets can dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water
I’m learning that frozen treats not only taste refreshing but they also help to quickly cool your pet. Here’s a real easy Peanut Butter Popsicle recipe.
If I wave a frozen treat in front of Jaxson, I can always count on getting his attention…
During these dog days of Summer, we’re traveling around the city after dinner. Once the sun starts to retreat, it makes for pleasant walks downtown…
Be familiar with the signs of heatstress –
- Heavy panting
- glazed eyes
- Rapid pulse
- Staggering gait
- Deep red or purple tongue
- Should your pet start to exhibit any of these signs –
- Move to an area with shade or air-conditioning
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest area
- Offer small amounts of cool water and GET TO A VETERINARIAN!
BEFORE I CLOSE –
There should never be a reason to leave your pet in a parked car alone. But to leave a pet in a parked car on a warm day is nothing short of criminal #yeahIsaidit
Temperatures in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. – even with the windows partially open. Please share this PDF and spread these life saving words.
Be kind to someone this weekend ❤️
No act of kindness is ever wasted – AESOP