Okay, the chicken bit may be stretching it a little, but not much. Without a doubt, the heat this summer is extreme. We take care to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, stay cool, but what about our pets? They’re at our mercy and they are incredibly vulnerable to the heat as well.
Here are a few easy tips – tips that could well save your pet’s life.
*Do not leave your pets in the car, even with the windows down. They can suffer heat stroke quickly. And in many states it’s illegal to leave your dog in the car in extreme weather.
*Keep clean water available at all times when your dog is inside and out. And be sure your dog has access to shade.
*Pool play is fun, but be sure your dog is able to get out of the pool on its own. Baby pools can also be a fun, cool down treat for dogs.
*Heartworm, flea & tick preventatives are always important, but especially so in the summer. Check with your vet to make sure you’re using the proper preventatives.
*Be careful of open windows. Animals can escape through screens and get lost. Or even worse, plunge to their death.
*Summer haircuts for dogs are great, but leave enough fur for protection again the sun’s rays. There are doggy safe sunscreens on the market if you have a short haired dog and will be in the sun for long periods of time (like boating.)
*Asphalt can overheat at peak hours of the day and burn the pads of animals’ feet.
*4th of July Fireworks frighten many pets into bolting. July 5th is the busiest day of the year in many shelters. Keep your pets contained – and just in case be sure their collars/tags/microchips are up to date.
For more info, visit this article on hot weather pet tips from the Humane Society: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx
How do you stay cool in the summer? Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of LOVE BITES by Lori Foster, Brenda Jackson, Catherine Mann, Virna DePaul and Jules Bennett. (My story is titled “Dog Tags.”) LOVE BITES can also be purchased in ebook form from any online venue. ALL proceeds go to The Animal Adoption Foundation in Hamilton, Ohio. Winner will be drawn at random on Friday, July 6, 2012.
USA Today best seller Catherine Mann writes military romantic suspense for Sourcebooks and Berkley, as well as steamy romances for Harlequin. A RITA Award winner, Catherine Mann has over two million books in print. She lives in Florida with her flyboy husband, their four children, and their menagerie of pets. FMI, about Catherine's books, inlcuding her Sourcebooks "Elite Force" series, visit: