Monday, June 2, 2014

Dos and Donts for your pets during the heat of the summer.

Here is the Top 10 Dos and Don'ts for your pets!

#1: DON'T leave your pets in a parked car. The temperatures in the car can jump from 85 to 102 in the matter of 10 minutes.

#2: DO watch the humidity. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes hear away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels - very quickly"  - Dr. Barry Kellogg

#3: DON'T rely on a fan. Pets respond differently than humans do to the fans. Therefore, it takes them longer to cool off.

#4: DO limit exercise on hot days. On extremely hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pets paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

#5: DON'T leave your unsupervised near a family pool. If they're by a pool or on a boat in the lake or river; make sure they have their own PFD (Personal Floatation Device).

#6: DO provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she is protected from the heat with plenty of shade and water. If in a heat wave, have them some ice water.

#7: DON'T travel with your pet riding unrestrained in the open bed of your truck. It is extremely dangerous.

#8: DO cool your pet inside and out. Use a cooling body wrap. Soak the product in cool water and they'll stay cool for up to 3 days. If your pet doesn't find a cool bath stressful, allow them to.

#9: DON'T allow your dog to hang their head or body out of the car window. Just crack the window with the air conditioner on and make sure the child lock for your automatic windows is turned on.

#10: DO consider clipping or shavings dogs (or cats) with long coats and apply sunscreen to your dogs skin if they have a shorter coat.

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