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    Courtesy of Veggie Jews And Pete Cohon This a part of a longer post on Veggie Jews. While long summer days mean fun for the whole family, including those
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      Courtesy of Veggie Jews And ""Pete Cohon"

      This a part of a longer post on Veggie Jews.

      While long summer days mean fun for the whole family,
      including those with four legs, summer heat, humidity, and activities
      can challenge animals in ways that people might not consider.

      Here are a few tips on how to make sure your dog or cat is safe and
      having fun this summer.

      During the "dog days" of summer, heatstroke
      http://www.helpinga nimals.com/animalsHome_ dogs_cool.asp can come
      on quickly and result in brain damage or death.

      * Watch to make sure that a dog's pads don't burn on the hot pavement!
      Surface temperatures of sidewalks and surfaces like black asphalt far
      exceed the ambient temperature. For dogs, walking on such surfaces on
      a hot day can be like dancing on hot coal!
      * Never leave a dog in a parked car. Even if you are running a quick
      errand, someone or something can distract or delay you. On a mild
      73ºF day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120ºF in 30 minutes.
      On a 90ºF day,the interior of a vehicle can reach 160ºF in several
      * If you see a dog who is panting excessively, drooling, or teetering
      inside a car, take down the car's color, model, make, and license
      plate number; have the owner paged inside the store or call local
      humane authorities or police. If the situation is an emergency, do
      whatever you can to get the dog out of the car—his or her life may
      depend on it.
      * Trim heavy-coated dogs' fur, but leave an inch for protection
      against insects and sunburn.
      * Watch for symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy
      panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat,
      fever, vomiting, or lack of coordination. If your dog shows any of
      these symptoms, get him or her into the shade immediately and call
      your veterinarian. Lower the animal's body temperature gradually by
      providing water to drink; applying a cold towel or ice pack to the
      head, neck, and chest; or immersing the dog in lukewarm (not cold)

      If you decide to get a cat this summer, never buy from a pet store or
      breeder http://www.helpinganimals.com/ga_petstore.asp;

      adopt from an animal shelter
      http://www.helpinganimals.com/ga_helpLocalShelter.asp instead.

      * If this is the first time you will be sharing your home with a cat,
      read about the basics of feeding and care
      http://www.helpinga nimals.com/animalsHome_cats.asp ;
      * Summer poses extra dangers for cats from heat and humidity. The only
      foolproof protection for them is true year-round: Cats should never be
      allowed outside unaccompanied
      http://www.helpinga nimals.com/animalsHome_cats_indoors.asp . Even
      indoor conditions can be taxing for cats, so be sure to offer plenty
      of fresh water and a cool spot in a shady room for relief from the
      * Learn how to keep up with cats' shedding
      http://www.askcarla.com/answers.asp?QuestionandanswerID=386 .

      Another companion animal emergency—no matter what the season—is
      overpopulation, which leads to animals' deaths. If you haven't
      already done so, please read why you should sterilize your companion
      animal http://www.helpinga nimals.com/factsheet/files/FactsheetD
      isplay.asp?ID=134 without delay, and find out how your dog or cat
      could be hurt if you don't.

      Thank you for your compassion and support. Together, we can make the
      world a better place for all animals. I wish you a safe and happy

      For all animals,

      Ingrid E. Newkirk
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