Random Readings: How To Care For Your Pets In The Summer

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Random Readings is a series of assorted web content assignments originally authored for and previously published on now-defunct websites. These pieces were additionally republished a second time with an added first-person introduction in hopes of making them interesting. The subjects are varied and (duh) random. While your randy writer has been previously paid for his artistic efforts, as anyone on this website must admit, it’s nice to have one’s writing read. Hence, this series.

Sometime after his youngest son was born he learned something. Cute, behaved kids, and small animals such as dogs are generally chick magnets. (Mind you, all your randy writer’s kids are now in their 20s and too busy to help dear old dad score anyway.)

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How To Care For Your Pets In The Summer

Here are some warm-weather warnings pursuant to your pets, people.

“You feed your dog, You feed your cat” — Camille

Sometimes your pets need more than to be fed. Sometimes they need much more when it gets hot. There are things pet owners need to know about summer pet safety. Here is a list of some helpful hints.

First, never leave your dog unattended in a closed car. In hot weather, a car can reach 120 degrees in mere minutes.

When you are outside with your animals keep them on a leash. This prevents them from fighting with other animals and eating and drinking things that could make them ill or even poison them. Coolant, for example, is one thing you often find puddled in the streets during the summer and can kill your animals should they drink it.

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Make sure your animals always have water. Prevent dehydration.

Veterinarians agree that pets can actually get sunburned. Experts suggest you keep your animals out of prolonged, direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must have your pets out during these hours, apply sunblock on specific parts of your animal such as the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips, and even the tip of the nose.

If your pet has long hair keep it groomed. Thick hair holds heat so you might even want to have your pet clipped.

Don’t let your pet get overly active on humid days. Humidity hampers the way that animals rid themselves of extra body heat.

Taking precautions such as these will hopefully prevent more serious conditions such as heatstroke. Should your pet still somehow get heatstroke, cover the animal in wet towels, and call your veterinarian immediately.

Protect your pets from summer parasites. Purchase preventative products and consult your veterinarian regarding appropriate testing. Monitor your pets at least as well as you would your children!

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Here is hoping you and your pets have a “super” summer!


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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has also appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including AXS, Add To Bucket List, Examiner, Vacation Travel Deals, American Live Wire, Leisure, MAAFBox, Today's Recipe Pro, Passport Stamps, and other websites. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such print publications as the ​Daily Collegian, ElectriCITY and the ​Los Angeles Times