Having Fun Safely With Your Pets This Summer

Did you Know…
The ASPCA says “on an 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes, a car’s interior can reach 120 degrees! When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun.”

Don’t leave your animals unattended in the car even on mildly hot days or even for a few minutes!

Many states and local governments have laws that prohibit leaving an animal unattended in a motor vehicle under dangerous conditions, which include hot days. Under these laws, police, animal control agents, peace officers and others may be authorized to enter by whatever means necessary to remove the animal. You could have your car damaged, be charged with a crime, and fined or imprisoned. It’s not worth it—don’t leave your pet in the car!

Also, consider the surfaces you have your dogs walking on; like sand at the beach, sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, and wooden decks – these all can damage your dog’s feet.

Robert Newman of the Dog Channel says about overheating…

  • Get into the shade. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move it into a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. Apply cool water to the inner thighs and stomach of the dog, where there’s a higher concentration of relatively superficial, large blood vessels.
  • Use running water. A faucet or hose is the best way to wet down your dog’s body.
  • Allow the dog to drink small amounts of water. Cooling the dog is the first priority. Hydration is the next. Don’t allow the dog to gulp water.
  • See a veterinarian (Even if your dog appears to be fully recovered, the veterinarian needs to check to determine if the heatstroke caused any damage to your dog’s kidneys and liver. The effects of heatstroke can continue for 48 to 72 hours longer, even if your dog appears normal.)

A dog’s body temperature is 2-4 degrees higher than humans, so this makes what Cesar Millan’s web site says even more important – “If the heat and humidity are making you uncomfortable, assume your dog is uncomfortable too”.

Click here to download this flyer to distribute to stores and strategic locations in your area. You can carry a few in your car to leave on windshields of cars with animals inside. (Do see if you can get the store to locate the owner ASAP.)

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Hydration and Your Pet
Pets that play or spend time outdoors in the heat need to drink plenty of water.  To avoid dehydration, always carry fresh water with you and offer it to your pet at least every thirty minutes or be sure there is a fresh water source available. Normally, most pets will drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. But in hot and humid conditions, your pet may need three to four times this amount!

Consider your dog’s fitness level when running him in the heat and humidity. I see people coasting on their bikes enjoying the breeze while their dog pants along behind them trying to catch up! Please consider their experience while you are enjoying the summer weather!
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Having Fun Safely With your Pets This Summer
Client Comments
Hot Pavement and Your Pet
Keeping Your Pet Hydrated 
Hot Pavement Reminder!

Be aware of the surfaces you are walking and standing on with your dog . Imagine standing barefoot on the surface and then decide whether your dog is going to be burned. People often stand with their dogs on leash unaware of the heat and not allowing the dog to move off the heated surface. Some examples of dangerous surfaces are; hot sand at the beach, asphalt, concrete decks and docks heated by the sun. PLEASE consider them during the hot summer months!”

Client Comments
“I was very apprehensive of hiking with my dog offleash but knew that he was ready to try this and have more freedom. Cindy coached me and my dog on how to do this safely. We worked out a system where I would tell him when he had gone far enough and he agreed to check in with me frequently so that I could relax and trust him. It worked beautifully and now he has so much more freedom to move and roam and run. It not only changed the hiking experience enormously for the better, it changed our relationship! I now feel that I can trust him more and that is so important to me.”


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