Healthy Pet–Happy Pet
Tips for protecting your pet from the punishing summer heat —by Pooka
Caring for your pet’s needs in the summer is crucial. As temperatures soar, pets experience 20 degrees more heat from walking on concrete, blacktop asphalt or sand than their human companions. Animals are much closer to the ground than their 5 or 6 foot counterparts and can sustain serious burns to their paws. Here are some helpful suggestions for your pet’s summer needs:
- Take early morning and later evening walks when temperatures are coolest.
- Test the surface heat before walking your pet by placing your hand on the surface. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet.
- Grass is the walking area of choice — providing a cooler and softer surface.
- When temperatures are high, never leave a pet in a car, even though windows are open. Five minutes can be deadly.
- Although most pets want to go with you, it is kinder to leave them at home when summer heat can be harmful.
- You can get your pet paw protectors that provide a shield from dangerously hot surfaces.
- Pets can suffer serious heatstroke. Symptoms include; rapid panting, salivating, staggering and weakness.
Ariel and Yogi love a cool romp on the beach. Ariel, the darker chow looking dog, is my muse.–Rob Lebow, Palm Springs
Let’s ‘Show and Tell’ in the fall issue of Going Organic.
“Ziggy Starbucks” was named because of his latte color. This photo was taken when my wife and I returned home from a trip. Beyond the intense yodeling of displeasure that Ziggy expressed at having been left behind, he jumped into the open suitcase.–Mark Wiener, Palm desert
We love our pets. They give us emotional support, help keep us active, offer companionship, and their love is unconditional. If you’d like to share how your pet keeps you healthy and happy, please send the following information to MyPet@GoingOrganicMagazine.com: Your contact information (name, phone number, email address), your pet’s information, (name, age, breed), a photo of your pet, and share how your pet makes you healthier and happier.