Can’t really believe that Memorial Day has come and gone!
Your pet will be outside much more so make sure you have up to date name tags on your pets. They may have become worn during the winter months; plus there are some great summer colors and shapes to choose from; how about a red white and blue tag?
There are some really cute summer clothes for your dog also; colorful dresses, tees and even swim trunks. What dog would not like a new bathing suit?
We like to keep our cool during the summer months; so do our pets. How about some cool icy natural treats from your pet store’s freezer? Or another favorite of mine; a JW Pet Megalast Bone…fill it with water, freeze and you have a wonderful hot weather treat for your warm dog.
Take a look at your dog seat harness, car seat or carrier. Does it need updating? Wow, there are some really nice summer patterns and colors available. And, while you are at it; how about a nice new collar and leash…how about lime green, or aqua-water blue?
Also remember the hot pavement and sand can wreak havoc on your dog’s feet. There are plenty of waxes you can coat them with; or you can use disposable booties.
Most of you know our store mascot; Turbo the tortoise.
He loves all his dog buddies and wants to let everyone know a few of his hot weather tips:
Turbo’s Advice for Hot Summer Days
Well, you all know that I spend most of my time in an air conditioned store. But I can usually see the blazing sun from my windows and feel some of the heat. Sometimes I even hear clients saying that it is “too hot out there”.
It’s not just you and I; please be aware that your pets can feel the heat and all the other summer stresses that occur. In light of this, I want to take just a few moments to remind you of some great hot weather tips. I am a pretty smart tortoise and have learned a few things over the years.
First, I want to remind you that when the temperature gets to 90 and above; make sure your dogs and cats are inside. I know that they can overheat quickly and even though they release heat through sweat glands on their paw bottoms, they can have a hard time regulating their body temperatures.
I love water and so do my buddies. Please ensure that whether your pets are indoors or out that they have plenty of clean cool fresh water in their bowls or bottles. When filling these items, please make sure that you also clean and scrub them to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Also changing the water several times a day in really hot weather would be appreciated by your pets.
If you decide to venture outdoors for a walk with your pet on a hot day, bring along plenty of water for both of you. Although puddles might appear tempting for your friends, please be aware that they may contain antifreeze or pesticide residue. If you’re pet begins to pant, please stop and head back indoors.
Also, while walking on the street or pavement you must be careful of hot concrete or asphalt. They get extremely hot on sunny days and can burn the surface of your pet’s paws. Ouch! That would not be good. Also be aware that the temperatures closer to the ground are hotter than the air temperatures.
In doing some reading, I understand that signs of heatstroke can be:
Warm Dry Skin
Refusal to Obey
(Please remember to seek medical advice if any of the above occurs.)
Staff members at Animal Kingdom take me on fields trips from time to time. But, they always remember not to leave me in the car! Always take your pet out when you stop. Remember, a closed-up car can overheat very quickly and become like a hot oven.
I know I cannot swim, but some dogs can. Don’t assume that your dog knows how to swim. You can practice in a shallow wading pool and there are also many floatation devices available. Don’t forget your dog can use your outdoor sprinkler also. They love to cool off.
I hope this has given you a few tips for the hot “dog days” of summer. At least they don’t call them tortoise days! Have a fun and safe season.