Summer has officially kicked in. Yesterday was 103 & today is not much cooler. It makes me feel sorry for all the dogs out there: thick fur coats with no perspiration. (Dogs, FYI do not perspire. That’s what all the panting is about. Can you imagine? Awful.)
Summer Dog Reminders: Please don’t leave your dog (or pet) in the car, even in the shade. The interior temperature of a car can reach into the hundreds even on a cooler 80 degree day. And as I mentioned, dogs do not sweat. Imagine sitting in your car, wrapped in cellophane with a fur coat on, even for that short minute–you swear–that you run to grab coffee, the dry cleaning, your kid from school. You get the picture. I hope!
In California, it is now illegal to leave a pet in a summer car. And please don’t be shy about reminding people who have left their pet in a car about that law. (More than once I have had to emphatically point this out to people. It’s worth to save a pet’s life.
Exercising your dog in the heat is not a good idea either. Easy walks, playing in the park, sure, but save the intense ball throwing & long runs for a cooler day.
And water, water, water. Did I mention water? Zephyr loves the hose. Before we walk I spray him down. Anything to keep him cool. My neighbor leaves the sink tap dripping & his cat LOVES it. He plays in the drip, even lays in it. Crazy cat, but happy & cool.
Be sure your pet has a safe place to crash in the heat too. (Zephyr likes hiding in my old garage on the cool cement floor.) Last night, I made him sleep downstairs–like 15 degrees cooler–& I soaked him down with a wet towel too.
Zephyr is old now, nearly 12, so I keep a close eye on him. It’s a no-brainer really. He’s my most important responsibility. Your pet is like one of your kids. If you wouldn’t let your kid do it–leave them in a hot car, run around in the heat w/o water & such–then don’t let your dog do it either.
For more information on summer pet safety: http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/summerinfo/a/summersafety.-6lv.htm
Hot days, parked Car Danger: http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/summerheathhazards/qt/dog_in_car_tips.htm
To you and your dog–cat, guinea pig–have a good summer,
d & zephyr xxoo