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Its hot as blazes outside! I love the beautiful sunny days, but the temperature has been brutal! Can you imagine being in this Southern heat wearing a fur coat?
Now is the time to take extra measures to keep your pets from suffering serious heat-related issues. The heat can be deadly.
If theres any way you can keep your pets inside, please do. Many of my friends have numerous pets and large pets, so bringing them inside is not always an option.
But there are things that can be done to try to minimize the effect of heat on your pets.
First, make sure they have plenty of shade all day long. Just because theyre in a shady spot in the morning doesnt mean the same spot will be shady at three oclock in the afternoon.
And make sure the surface theyre standing on is cool. Asphalt can quickly burn the pads of their feet.
Next, provide plenty of cool, fresh water several times a day every day. It would be great if you can devise a way for them to have access to constantly running cool water. Make sure they can reach the water, and secure the water bowl so it cant be overturned.
Frequently check the temperature of the water, too. If its too hot, we wont drink it!
Please dont give them ice water though, because it might cause a problem for some pets. Some folks put a gallon jug of frozen water in a tub or wading pool to help keep the temperature even.
Having access to a mister would make pets happy, too. It sure works for the vegetables at the grocery store!
Now lets talk about parked cars. Please, NEVER leave your pet in a parked car.
Youd think some things are just so obvious theyre not necessary to discuss, but apparently thats not the case. You see, when we reached 108 degrees last Saturday, someone left a little dog in a parked car while she went inside shopping.
Thank goodness one of my Facebook friends saw this poor baby in serious jeopardy and took action. They got the distressed dog out of the car and inside the cool building while they waited for police to arrive.
Please leave your pets safely at home and not in the car during the summer. Its too much of a risk even if you think youre only going to be in the store for a minute.
In future columns, well chat about more steps you can take to keep your pets protected from this deadly heat. In the meantime, please make sure youre doing everything you can to keep your pets cool.
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