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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dealing with the heat and our pets

Even though school is starting, and summer is almost over...the heat is still an issue in Florida for our four legged friends! Here are some tips:
Beware of hot asphalt & hot sand: a good way to tell if the ground is too hot is to feel it with the palm of the hand, which is about as sensitive as animals' foot pads. If it's too hot to touch, walk at a different time of day or on a different surface.
Never leave a pet in the car: when the temperature outside is between 72 and 96 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car, even with the windows open, goes up 40 degrees within the first hour
Watch for dehydration: pets don't self-regulate as well and will keep on jogging or walking alongside their favorite humans without realizing something is wrong.
Dog owners with pools should take special precautions to protect their pets from drowning as many dogs are not good swimmers.
Know the danger signs of heatstroke: panting excessively, confused, uncoordinated, reluctant to continue moving, vomiting and diarrhea