Posted: 27 May 2010 10:29 AM PDT
I tend to be a bit of a night owl, which means my day usually gets started a little later than most. In the summer that’s not so good. This morning, for example, I woke up around 7am to let the dogs out, noted how cool it was, and went back to bed. Since it was cool I thought I’d have time to snooze a bit before it heated up and that I’d take the dogs for a walk around 9. For those of you who are thinking it, yes, I’ve lived in Texas long enough to know it can heat way up between 7am and 9am. I’m going to blame my thinking it on the fact that I was half asleep though.
The thing is, the hot weather brings some challenges for dogs. People can do things to help themselves when it’s hot, but dogs . . . not so much. They rely on us to make sure they have enough water, don’t overwork themselves in the heat, and to make sure they don’t get into dangerous heat related situations. And living in a place like Texas, where it gets hotter than should be allowed, means dog (and cat) owners need to be extra mindful of their pets.
Keeping pets safe in the heat is one of many topics I talk about in the pet first aid classes I teach. Heat can cause life-threatening situations, but the good news is that they can be avoided pretty easily. Here are some of the ways you can help your pets stay safer during the heat:
OK, so back to the morning dog walking . . . Now that we’re obviously into the summer heat, I’m going to do my best to drag myself out of bed earlier in the morning and get the dogs out for a walk. It’s good for them and it’s good for me. It just means I need to quit burning the midnight oil so much – something I’m so darn good at! Who else wants to commit to an early morning dog walk?
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