Dog days mean canine vigilance

Taking good care of pet dogs, birds, and cats during hot weather is crucial.

Pay attention to the thermo­stat and weather reports. Pro­viding fresh cool water at all times, shade, and keeping your pet cool are vital to your pet’s well-being.

Heat stroke does not just hap­pen to humans, it happens to pets as well.

“We recommend taking dogs to the vet,” said Kahoots Pet Store manager, Angelo Deloren­zo, about dog owners who think they may have a pet who is suf­fering from heat stroke.

Delorenzo noted among the signs of heat stroke are leth­argy, throwing up, or not eating.

Hot pavement can also cause injuries.

According to Dr. Bruce Bogo­slavsky of the Animal Veteri­nary Hospital of Orlando, Flor­ida, noted a pet will be showing signs of discomfort, holding up a foot, limping, or vocalizing when walking if his paw pad is burnt. Adding, that the burns will be visible to the naked eye.

Dog booties, dog paw wax and some creams can be utilized.

“Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening,” said Delorenzo. “We do carry prod­ucts like the booties and Paw Balm. Paw Balm keeps their paws moisturized and protect­ed.”

Kiddie pools, filled with fresh, cool water and stored in the shade, can provide your pet with a place to wade in extreme hot weather if they are an out­side pet.

“We offer something different that a lot of people don’t think about—it’s a pet cot,” he said. “A lot of people have their dogs on the ground, the pet cot keeps the dog off of the hot ground. It’s about 4”-6” off the ground.”

Delorenzo says the same treatments can be used for cats. They also carry a product for small birds.

“A silicone little tub,—fill it with water to keep them cool, it’s for small birds like finches and parakeets,” Delorenzo said

Indoor pets have different needs. Some pet owners keep their air conditioning on; others use fans.


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