KEEP THE ANIMALS IN YOUR LIFE SAFE AND HAPPY THIS SUMMER
- 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 carhis 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
adopt from an animal shelter
* 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
Another companion animal emergencyno matter what the seasonis
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