HOT Weather Hints
for Pet Owners

Summer days mean outdoor runs, fun in the sun and hot weather. This time of the year can also be dangerous for our four-legged friends.  Dogs and cats can easily become the victims of overheating, dehydration, severe weather, sunburn and parasites.  Here are a few tips to prepare your animal friends for the "Dog Days" of summer.

Water, water and more water!  Always have a supply of cool, fresh water available for pets.  Add a few ice cubes to a dish of water for a cool treat.  

Wait 30-60 minutes before taking your dog for a run. Walk in the grass or keep pavement walks brief.  Try walking on pavement barefoot and see how hot it can be.

Dog houses under trees may be shady and cooler in the summer heat, but are not safe shelters in a lightning storm.
Bring outdoor pets inside.

Many indoor pets are afraid of thunder.  Pheromones, calming music and "Thunder Shirts" may help to alleviate or reduce weather anxieties.  

Never leave your animal in a vehicle!  Even with the windows open, the temperature in a parked vehicle can reach more than 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Fleas and Ticks and Heart worms, OH MY!

Visit your veterinarian in the spring, before the onslaught of summer bugs.

Implement an effective flea and tick control program.  This is a must!

An early heart worm detection test and preventative medication will help you avoid the "heartache" down the road.


                          Excerpts from Pet Sitters International


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