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Heatstroke Symptoms

heatstrokeI am a member of several pet-focused groups on Facebook, and I’ve been amazed at the number of people who post they don’t have air conditioning and are worried about their pets in the heat. I know I’ve been blessed, and I don’t think I could survive without my A/C when it’s as hot as it has been lately (over 90-degrees for about 10 days, here in Ohio).

The attached infographic from Dr. Belinda The Vet shows five symptoms of heatstroke. If you see your dog exhibiting these symptoms, what should you do? Continue reading Heatstroke Symptoms

Havin’ a Heat Wave…A Tropical Heat Wave

Source:  Weather.com
Source: Weather.com
From the good folks at weather.com:

Temperatures will soar into the 90s for several days in many cities.

Record-high temperatures are expected from the Midwest to the Northeast into next week.

Humidity levels will also increase, making it feel even hotter.

Make sure your dog has plenty of shade and cool water while outdoors, check on them often, and let them stay inside as much as you can.

If your dog has to be outside, consider freezing some treats and small toys inside a bucket of water. Place the bucket in the shade, and they can find the treasures as the water melts.

All of the above strategies are even more important if your dog has thick or black fur.

If your dog is hairless, make sure you use sunscreen to protect his or her delicate skin.


Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Dogs and Summer Heat

I had to work really hard on today’s title. My first thought was “Hot Dogs” which didn’t seem quite right, then I thought of “Dogs in Heat” which was definitely not right. Anyways, I put up a copy last weekend of my friend’s Facebook rant about dogs being left out in the hot sun, and it made me wonder how all of you are helping your dog handle the dog days.
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Tuesday Top Ten: Reasons Why Your Dog Should Live Indoors

If you are thinking of adding a dog to your family, please make it an indoor dog. Even if you have to keep your dog in a crate sometimes, he or she is better off living inside than outside. Here are some reasons why:
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