Beat the Summer Heat

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By Jeff Mancao

Summer season is the most torturous time for dogs. Like humans, dogs are prone to heat stroke that can cause severe damage or even early departure. Basic knowledge in dog care is important especially for new pet parents. For indoor pets, air conditioning or providing a big fan can help. Investing in polished floor tiles helps a lot too as this is much cooler to your pet’s body. In addition,
iced cold water given during 12-5pm helps tremendously to revitalize them.

Here are my insights below to avoid the deadly heat stroke. I hope this helps you out: four things you must do for pets during the
summer season.

Keep your pets fresh all the time – Twice-a- week baths will really help your pets. For double coated pets especially if you don’t have aircon or proper ventilation, it is best to groom them with a summer cut or even a shave. This will help ease the heat for them.
Some pets are not attractive especially shaved but it’s just for three months as their fur grows fast so don’t worry.

Never leave your pets inside the car – Big no no! Not even if you think you’ll only be away for a few minutes. Even when it isn’t that hot outside, the temp can ascend quickly inside a car. On an 85-degree day, it can reach 102 F within 10-15 minutes. Best to leave
your dog at home, or go to places where he can come inside with you. During your walks, please make sure to do it after 6pm as the
sun stays up long during the summer season.

If outdoors, please make sure he has a nice shade – being in a garden with trees are better for proper shading. The more natural the
air, the better. Please always check to refill their water — lots of fresh, cool water. Adding ice cubes makes it more refreshing!

Pregnancy planning is vital – Avoid producing puppies during the summer especially if you don’t have proper ventilation and care.
The heat stresses out the mothers which can lead to malnourished or premature newborns. Best for them to give birth during the
rainy season till February when the weather is much cooler.


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