It’s hot outside and we are in the middle of the “dog days of summer.”
Here is a fun treat for your furry friend that will keep him busy and hydrated on these hot summer days!
Frozen water and/or chicken broth treats, are a great way to keep your pet busy and cooled off.
Just place a bowl in the freezer with water and/or chicken broth with toys, carrots, treats, etc. Remove from freezer and let your dog enjoy this treat outside. This will help keep dogs from getting bored and overheated in the backyard.
King Street Cats says Floppy Joe is such a clown! He’s just peeking out from behind the cat tree to see what’s up.
He was living with a feral colony and the generous people who were feeding him realized that he really wanted to be in a forever home. Are you looking for a wonderful sweet boy who just loves people, gets along with other cats, and promises to be the best boy ever? Floppy is your guy! Read more about him HERE
Were you able to see the NYC empire state building last night? What an awesome sight it was. Endangered species were illuminated on the the building, over 160 species were displayed over a 3 hour time frame. The exhibition was sparked by the killing of Cecil the Lion. “The three-hour exhibition was championed by “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, and featured music from his upcoming movie, Racing Extinction.” Enjoy this display from NBC if you didn’t see it.
TJ, a Lab/Shepherd mix, weighs 40 lbs and we were told he is 13 yrs young…did someone say golden yrs? No way….this handsome boy is full of spunk, is agile, and the only thing “golden” about him is his coloring! TJ was given up after 13 yrs and taken to a shelter. Not fair to this wonderful boy. TJ has all the qualities of a much younger dog, and then some! He walks with a loose leash, gets along with other dogs and all people. He needs someone to love him forever just as he deserves. Check him out in this video playing.
The “Dog Days of Summer” may not always be your dog’s best friend. Veterinarians warn pet owners to be careful in extreme heat. ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, Dr. Lila Miller says: “Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”
Some things your pet needs you to remember:
1. Never leave pets in cars
2. Make sure your pet has shade and fresh water to drink
3. Walking your dog on hot surfaces for too long, such as asphalt, can cause the pet to overheat and even burn paws
4. Know the warning symptoms if your pet is overheated
To learn more about pet safety in hot weather, contact your veterinarian or visit the ASPCA web site at: www.aspca.org
Summertime in Northern Virginia is when everyone enjoys playing, relaxing, and entertainingoutside, especially with our pets. However, there are certain safety issues that must be considered when our pets are outside and the temperature reaches for the triple digits. Heatstroke can occur during the hot summer months, so it is very important to keep your dog cool. If you have a dog walker, be sure she has an emergency plan and is certified in first aid. Also, ask your dog walker to walk your pet where there is plenty of shade and grass; it only takes a couple of minutes for a dog to overheat.
Your dog’s normal body temperature ranges between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit and when his body temperature elevates above 106 F, his normal cooling mechanisms become overwhelmed, which can result in a serious condition that may require medical attention. Furthermore, high temperatures can lead to dehydration and blood thickening, which puts strain on the heart. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to heat related problems than others. Large breeds like the Chow Chow are very susceptible to overheating. Malamutes, Huskies, American Eskimos, and Newfoundlands, all dogs that prefer colder climates, often have little tolerance for heat and humidity and should not be kept in very hot climates. Bulldogs, Pugs, Shar-Peis, and Boston Terriers or any breeds with shorter muzzles have difficulty coping with heat because of their short and narrow respiratory systems.
Symptoms of a canine heat stroke include:
Bright red tongue
Rapid and frantic panting
Here are some tips for you and your dog walker to help prevent your dog from getting a heat stroke:
Keep the dog in a shaded, cool, and well-ventilated area during the hot hours of the day. Dogs can also get sunburn, so be sure to use sunscreen that is approved for dogs and pets.
Provide plenty of fresh, cold drinking water throughout the day.
Limit the amount of exercise—exercise your dog early in the morning before it gets too hot. Hot pavement can burn the pads on a dog’s feet.
A haircut in the summer can help dog breeds with long or double coats to relieve heat stress.
Do not leave your dog in a parked car unattended, even if it’s only for a few minutes! The temperature inside the car can rise very quickly (reaching 120 F in as little as 10 minutes), especially if the car is in the sun and there is high humidity. In Northern Virginia, where we have very humid days, it can be very dangerous for a pet to be left in a hot car!
Set-up a small wading pool in the shade where your dog can refresh and cool down.
If you are going for a walk with your dog or to the park, bring a bottle of cold water with you—they will need it, especially if they run a lot. There are a number of popular dog parks in Northern Virginia!
If you are at the beach, be sure to let your dog go for a swim every hour or so to keep him cool.
Keep your pet safe this summer. If you act quickly, you can prevent heat stroke!
Becky O’Neil is a pet expert and owner of Becky’s Pet Care a professional dog walker and pet sitter service provider in the Northern Virginia area.
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