Summer is upon us, and many areas are feeling the heat and humidity. Here are a few quick tips on the essentials for keeping all of the animals in your care cool this summer season.
First, and foremost make sure all animals have a constant supply of cold fresh water. You can even drop some ice cubes to keep the water cooler for longer as well as providing some fun to toys for the dogs who will pull them out and play with them.popsicles are also a fun inexpensive and easy idea for keeping the animals calm and happy.
If you have a yard available for the dogs, adding a couple of baby pools and even a sprinkler will make for a great afternoon of new fun for the dogs in your care who enjoy the water. If you don’t have those items, you can try adding them to your wish list or make a special call out for them on Facebook. Overall, you will want to limit the activity of your pets during periods of very high heat, instead of walking the dogs outside try playing games instead.
To be on the safe side, everyone at your home or work should know the signs of heat stress/stroke. These include heavy panting, excessive drooling, rapid heartbeat, glazed over eyes, lethargic, Dizziness, Vomiting, and excessive thirst and a fever, the temperature of a dog should never rise above 104. If your pet is overheating get him or her to a shaded air-conditioned area first. Then apply cold towels to their head neck and chest. Most importantly, take your pet to a vet as soon as possible for further medical care.
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