Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hot Dog! – Keeping Your Pet Cool This Summer

We all know the signs: hot skin, rapid panting, a dazed expression. We always feel bad for our friends in permanent fur coats when it’s hot out, but there are actions we as pet owners can take in order to keep our animal companions comfortable this summer.

In order to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer heat stroke or heat exhaustion, follow these easy guidelines:

  • Never EVER leave your pet in a parked vehicle
    Even if the windows are cracked or you are parked in the shade. This is the number one cause of heat stroke among dogs in the summer.

  • Always provide plenty of fresh water
    Since dogs sweat from the pads of their feet and by panting, evaporation from their mouths and noses lower body temperature.

  • Watch for hot pavement and beach sand
    Sensitive paws burn easily and are very painful to your pet

    There are also measures you can take as a pet owner that can make hot days more comfortable for your beloved dog. First and foremost, in order to keep them well hydrated, make sure to always have fresh water. With the Pure Water Tower™ by Our Pets, your pet can have purified, filtered water whenever they need it! It holds up to 3 quarts of water, and even comes with 2 replacement filters.

  • Ruff Wear - Swamp Cooler™ Dog Cooling Vest

    K&H Manufacturing - Large Cool Bed III

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