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TIPS FOR OUR FUR-KIDS’ HEALTH IN SUMMER

After weeks of healthy eating I decided to give a break this week and share some healthy summer tips for our best friends.

6 July 2014 Sunday 00:00
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

After weeks of healthy eating I decided to give a break this week and share some healthy summer tips for our best friends.

One of the many things I love about my readers is your deep dedication to animals.

Summer is such a fabulous time to get outdoors with our furry companions. But as temperatures rise, it’s important to keep our pets safe.

That’s why I’d like to share some tips. You may already know this stuff, but take a moment for a quick refresher anyway.

Your fur-kids’ lives could depend on it. And please pass share this knowledge with friends who might need a refresher too.

Please don’t leave your pet in the car. A study reports that when the outside temperature is 24 degrees Celsius, a closed car will reach 32 degrees in five minutes and 43 degrees in 25 minutes. It only takes 15 minutes for an animal to get heat stroke and die in a hot car. Shade and even four cracked open windows don’t make a difference.

You may check temperature testing results here http://redrover.org/mydogiscool/how-hot-do-cars-get .
Although I can understand that we all love taking our fur-kids wherever we go, unless you’re taking them with you when you leave your cool car leave them home to sleep.

Sunburn is serious for pets as well and pets who have recently received short haircuts may become sunburn victims and are as susceptible to heat stress as dogs who haven’t had their fur trimmed. In fact, your pet’s hair has insulating characteristics to help protect him from the heat — that summer trim should be long, not short.
Did you know that white coated pets can get sunburned if they have naturally short or thinner coats? And pink nosed pets including dogs, cats, and rabbits, can get badly sunburned on their nose and ears, which can make them more prone to skin cancer.

Lastly, don’t forget about those cute bellies! When you’re at the beach or chillin’ poolside with your pet, remember that dogs can get sunburned on their tummies and inside of their hind legs when sunlight reflects off of sand or water.

We also have to keep out our furry babies off hot pavement.

Can you believe that when the air temperature is 25 degrees, asphalt in the sun has been measured at 51 degrees? That is real hot, my friend. While we have experienced the sand dance of a human being in bare feet, we don’t often think of effect that burning asphalt has on the bare four paws of our companion pets.

Never leave a dog unattended with access to a swimming pool. Even a dog that has never shown interest in getting in the water may accidentally slip in, or give it a try on a hot summer day. A dog’s instinct is to turn around and try to get out where they fell in, which may work well in a river or lake, but not in a pool.

Pets need to be protected from heat stroke. Heatstroke develops rapidly and is often associated with exposure to high temperatures, humidity and poor ventilation. Symptoms include panting, a staring or anxious expression, failure to respond to commands, warm, dry skin, extremely high temperature, dehydration, rapid heartbeat and collapse.

Very young and older pets tend to be more susceptible. Pets more vulnerable to heat stress include those who recently moved from cool to warmer climates, those with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions, or with a history of heat stress.

Cats and dogs should be kept in a cool area.

I know that we look forward to taking a walk, going for a run and hitting the trails with our exercise buddies. However, it’s best to avoid these activities with your dog during hot days or warm, humid nights.
The best time to exercise is either early in the morning before sunrise or late in the evening after the sun goes down. Know your dog’s fitness level, and let them set the pace. If they start panting excessively or suddenly seem drained, it’s time for a break.

Cool down in the shade, offer them water to drink, pour tepid (not cold) water on their paws or if possibly have some fun in the sprinkler or with the hose. My Sasha loves the sprinkler and after every late afternoon walk she jumps in one of them. Even though I have to dry her when we return home I love watching her enjoy the sprinkling water as much as she does.

Until next week keep cool and healthy.


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