HOT WEATHER TIPS FOR YOUR PET!!!

HOT WEATHER HAS ARRIVED – HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FURRY CHILDREN HAPPY AND WELL THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS.

*PETS CAN GET DEHYDRATED VERY QUICKLY SO IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH, CLEAN WATER.  BE SURE THAT THERE IS A SHADY PLACE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE SUN.  AND WHEN IT’S EXTREMELY HOT THE BEST PLACE FOR THEM IS INDOORS.

*DO NOT LEAVE THEM UNSUPERVISED AROUND THE POOL.  SOME DOGS ARE NOT GOOD SWIMMERS.  IF YOU TAKE THEM ON YOUR BOAT OR KAYAKING, MAKE SURE THEY WEAR FLOTATION DEVICES.  IF THEY GO IN YOUR POOL BE SURE TO RINSE THEM WELL WHEN THEY GET OUT.  THIS WILL REMOVE CHLORINE OR SALT FROM THE FUR.  YOU ALSO WANT TO KEEP YOUR PET FROM DRINKING THE POOL WATER AS THIS CONTAINS CHEMICALS THAT COULD RESULT IN AN UPSET STOMACH.

*BE AWARE OF THE SYMTOMS OF OVERHEATING SUCH AS DIFFICULTY BREATHING, EXCESSIVE PANTING, DROOLING AND INCREASED RESPIRATORY RATE.  THIS CAN ALSO INCLUDE BLOODY DIARRHEA, VOMITING AND ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURES OF OVER 104 DEGREES.

*WHEN THE TEMPERATURES CLIMB DON’T LET YOUR DOG LINGER ON THE HOT ASPHALT.  THEIR SENSITIVE PAWS CAN BURN.  A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS IF IT’S TOO HOT FOR YOU TO BE BAREFOOT IT’S PROBABLY TOO HOT FOR THEIR PAWS.

*IT’S A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU TO TRIM LONGER HAIR ON YOUR DOG.  BUT NEVER SHAVE THEM.  THE LAYERS OF THEIR COATS PROTECT THEM FROM SUNBURN AND OVERHEATING.  BRUSHING CATS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU NORMALLY WOULD  CAN PREVENT PROBLEMS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE HEAT.