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Hot Weather Tips for your Furry Friend
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Hot Weather Tips for your Furry Friend

Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the mercury rises.

*Overheating can kill an animal. Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, since even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace. Parking in shade offers only very short term protection, as the sun shifts during the day. When traveling, carry a gallon thermos filled with fresh, cold water.

 *Don't force your animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather. Always exercise him in the early morning or in the evening.

 *In extremely hot weather, don't leave you dog standing on the street, and keep walks to a minimum. He is much closer than you to the hot asphalt, and his body can heat up quickly. His paws can also burn, since they are not protected by shoes.

* Never take an animal to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for her to drink. Rinse her off after she has been in salt water.

*Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside. A properly constructed dog house serves best. Bring your dog inside during the hot time of day and let her rest in a cool part of the house. Provide plenty of cool water. Keep cats indoors.

*Be sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather. Snub nosed dogs such as bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, and Shih tzus and those with heart or lung disease should be kept in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

*Keep a current license and identification tag on your animal and consider tattooing or micro chipping as permanent identification. Even an inside dog can slip away from you.

*Avoid walking your dog in areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals, as poisonings increase during the summer when gardens, lawns, and trees are sprayed. These chemicals can sicken or kill an animal. Call your vet immediately if you suspect that your animal has been poisoned.

*Be alert to coolant leaking from vehicles. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant, and ingesting just a small amount can cause an animal's death. Try animal-friendly products that use propylene glycol rather than those containing ethylene glycol.

*A clean coat can help prevent summer skin problems; keep your animal well-groomed. Shaving heavy-coated dog hair to a one-inch length helps prevent overheating. Don't shave the hair down to the skin; this robs the dog of protection from the sun. If it is necessary to shave a dog close to the skin, please apply sunscreen to your dog until there is sufficient hair. A cat should be brushed often for a tangle free coat.

*Take your companion animal to the vet for a spring or early Summer check-up, including a test for heartworms if your dog isn't on a year-round preventative medication. Have the doctor recommend a safe, effective flea-and-tick control program.

*Never tie an animal outside on a correction collar. He can choke to death. If you must tether him, use a buckle collar with ID tags instead (in all seasons).

*Never let you animal loose outside unsupervised. An animal can contract a fatal disease or be injured, killed or stolen. Be sure there are no open, unscreened windows or doors through which your animal can fall or jump.

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