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How Hot Is It? Try Wearing This Coat

When temperatures reach the triple digits, we all feel the heat. Protect your dog, cat, goat, horse, llama, rabbit, or any other pal you may have in Altadena.

We all need help getting through a heat wave. For the four-legged friends, here are some tips from the SPCA:

  • Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.
  • Provide plenty of water. Hosing off an animal periodically will help. If an animal is overheated, don’t shock the system by trying to cool him down too quickly; do it gradually. If severe overheating occurs seek veterinarian / medical attention.
  • Do not exercise animals when it is especially hot outside (for example, play Frisbee, jog or ride). Animals often are willing to please their owners to the point of endangering themselves.
  • Because dogs don’t sweat, they must be allowed to pant to dissipate heat. Do not encourage them to carry objects in their mouths if they are hot.
  • Remember certain dog breeds suffer more from the heat, such as English Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs and many others.
  • Do not dress animals with vests, blankets, and other materials that would prevent them from keeping cool.
  • Provide caged animals with extra ventilation.
Joan Collazo August 14, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Goods tips- although our two labs stretched out on the sofa in the air conditioned house don't seem concerned ; )
Karin Bugge August 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Heh. Our labs share similar lifestyles. (Interesting though, about the "gradual cooling down," that was news to me. But I certainly did know that boxers suffer from temp extremes much more so than their longer-nosed relatives.)
Angela Odom August 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Yes indeed, my Boxers are not happy. They now have a A/C unit just for them and a spritz every now and then. They pretend not to like it but they do and, as Boxers are wont to do, they get very silly afterward.

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