Paws News July 2016
Hello everyone! Welcome to Paws News.
In this Newsletter we want to stress the importance of protecting your pets from the heat. I know this is common sense for most of us, but I find it very disturbing that we hear about pets left in hot cars on a regular basis during the summer month.
- Make sure your pets have easy access to water (inside and outside)
- Keep your walks short during the hottest part of the day
- Leave your pets at home when running errands
- Make sure your pet has access to shade when outside
- When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws
- If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off
- Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler.In warmer weather this can help bring body temperatures down.
- Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events. They do not appreciate crowds, noise and the heat.
Dogs and cats face increased risk of heat stroke during the summer. Unlike people, they have few sweat glands, which are found primarily on their paws and noses. Though many people believe that dogs sweat through their tongues, panting is not an effective method of heat loss.
If your pet exhibits frantic breathing, a bright red tongue, vomits, or staggers, it is likely suffering from heat stroke. In severe cases you will notice your pet’s lips begin to turn pale blue or gray. Pets most susceptible to heat stroke are animals with shortened muzzles such as Bulldogs, Pugs or Persian cats; old and overweight pets; and those with respiratory problems. The Humane Society advises that immediately after you notice symptoms of heat stroke, move the pet into the shade or indoors with air conditioning. Apply cool – not cold – water to your animal to gradually lower their body temperature. Finally, seek veterinary care, which can best save your pet’s life.
Summer weather can be extremely dangerous to your pets. It’s your job to keep them safe and healthy.
Events in July:
We will be part of the following events:
July 9, 2016 Ferretfest 2016; 3493 Greenland Road RR1, Dunrobin
July 16 and 17 K9 Sportsfest in Maxville ON.
July 23 Wiener Paw-Looza Carlington Park Ottawa ON
Have a great month.
Patrick and Sabine