Friday, June 25, 2010

Protect Your Pup from the Summer Heat

Summertime is in full swing, which means outdoor fun in the sun with your pup! Do you know the signs of heat stroke and the treatments?

We all know not to leave your pet in a hot car. However, did you know that a running air conditioned car can be no match for that summer heat when parked. The sun has extra time to beat down on the car and the temperature can soar. So take extra precaution on those hot and warm days and leave your furry friend cool and safe in the comforts of your home while you run your errands.

If you have your pup out and you notice excessive panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, staggering,vomiting, or swollen tongue, it's time to lower your pup's body temperature.
  • Take your pet to a shady area and pour cool (not cold) over the coat. You don't want to lower the temperature too quickly.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet's head, neck & chest only.
  • Let your pet lick ice cubes, but limit access to cold water.

Heat stroke is life threatening for animals. Try to lower their temperature and then get them to a vet immediately.

Below are two neat products to help you help your pup fight the summer heat:

Pupcakes a local pet boutique has a great product to keep your pup cool when on walks or outdoors for lengthy times: The Cool Vest. This vest can keep them cool for up to 2 hours and it is easy to use. You simply soak the adjustable, easy to wear Cool Vest in water which provides a protective layer from direct and indirect sunlight and heat. And its laminated lining keeps your pup dry! The Cool Vest is made with a special fabric that absorbs and retains water and utilizes the simple scientific principle-cooling through evaporation! As water gradually evaporates, it takes the heat around it. This vest is perfect for a summer walk!

If nothing else and actually more importantly don't forget H20 for your furry friend. During my cousin Lauren's recent visit to SC, we shared several of our favorite dog products and tips. Lauren has an adorable Maltipoo, Baxter!

Laur introduced me to portable water bowl called the Water Rover which makes it easy to for pet owners to take water wherever they go. She was sweet enough to send us one in the mail, thanks Laur and Baxter! I can't wait to go for a walk at along the river this weekend and have Miss T use her Water Rover for the first time.

As pet owners we tend to underestimate how much water our pets need-don't let them dehydrate!

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