Friday, July 6, 2012


It's Friday and the heat is still blisteringly hot! Annie and I have been hibernating inside with the exception of ten minutes Annie spent sunning herself early this morning just as she does every single day. I did not like that she wanted to stay out but I was strict about the time and I wiped her down with a cool cloth as soon as she came in.

A few suggestions to keep your pet comfortable and healthy during the heatwave.

Keep fresh water available.
Keep your pet indoors.
Keep the air conditioner on.
Run a fan.
Prevent your pet from engaging in running.
Keep walks short.
Wipe your pet down with a cool cloth periodically.
Give your pet a bath and finish off with cool (not cold) water.
Keep meals light and a bit smaller than usual.
Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In this type of weather keep an eye on the kids and the elderly as well. And be mindful of yourself - don't overdo it, don't assume you can keep up your regular routine. It's best to err on the side of caution when dealing with the heat. This advice goes for all of us whether we're two or four legged.

It's hot and the dog days of summer are upon us - play it safe and stay cool!

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