When it's hot your pets are hot too

     It's been hot the last week or so. My house is air conditioned but I've noticed the water I put down for the dog and cat is getting consumed or evaporating faster than usual. Our pets feel the summer heat too. Here are a couple of things you can do to help them feel more comfortable.

     Limit how much time your dog walks on hot pavement.  If your bare feet can't stand it for long your dog's foot pads can't either. If you are concerned your dog's foot pads may have been over exposed to hot pavement use rubbing alcohol to cool them down.

     As I mentioned before, dogs and cats need more water during a heatwave. Make sure you keep an eye on their water bowl and replenish it with fresh water when it's more than half empty. My dog Maddie actually comes to me when her water is low but not all pets do that. Sometimes I put ice cubes in with her water so it stays colder longer. 

     Fleas and ticks are more common when it's hot so keep an eye out for them. 

     If you are having people over for a summer barbecue make sure your ca or dog doesn't eat something that will get them sick. My experience has been that dogs are much more likely to eat something that's not good for them. 

     It's also smart to leave your pet home when it's hot. Leaving them in your car with the windows slightly open could lead to serious complications or even death. 

    One of the items on my to do list today is to call my daughter at 9AM to refill the dog and cat's water dishes. 

Source: ASPCA


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