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July 31, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 31 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 If Dogs Could Talk

Summer HEAT Safety Tips For Pets

By Amber Keiper

The summer season can be an exciting time for you and your pets with school being out and outdoor activities like biking, swimming, camping, and picnicking being in full swing.  Don’t let the summer heat get in the way of having fun with your pet.  Keep them safe during this time of year with these summer HEAT tips:

Signs of Heat Stroke (hyperthermia):

If your pet shows any of these signs, or if you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke, remove them from the sun and into a cool, shady area and call your veterinarian immediately!

  • Excessive Thirst, Heavy Panting
  • Pale Gums, Bright Red Tongue, Thick Saliva
  • Restlessness
  • Disorientation/Lack of Coordination
  • Unresponsive When Called
  • Lethargy
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Fever, Vomiting or Difficulty Breathing.

Give your pet some small amounts of water to drink. Cool his body down with lukewarm water and cool towels if possible. Very cold water could be dangerous, especially for small dogs.

Place your pet in an area where the air is circulating, like in front of a fan. Check your pet's temperature every 5 minutes using a rectal thermometer until it reaches 103 °F. Take your pet to the vet immediately as he could still be dehydrated or suffering from other complications of heat stroke.

H is for Heat Stroke

Did you know that a car in direct sunlight can quickly reach an internal temperature of 116 degrees when outside it may only be 75°F?  That's because the car's interior - seats, dashboard, etc. - radiates the heat, transforming your car into an oven.

It only takes about 15 minutes for a child to die of hyperthermia relating to heat stroke after being left in a car.

Dogs are even more at risk because they have very few sweat glands - most are found between their paw pads (which is why dogs pant in order to cool down).
You can prevent hyperthermia by keeping your pet in cool shady areas with access to clean, filtered water at all times. Restrict exercise on those especially hot summer days and remember – NEVER leave your pets in the car, even if it's just for a few minutes. With the hectic lives we live these days, it can be very easy for a few minutes to quickly turn into an hour or more so it's best not to even take the chance.

E is for Emergency

Besides heat stroke, there are other dangers associated with all the increased activity and extreme temperatures of summer.  Our dogs are more likely to spend time outdoors running, swimming, and playing at the park, so it’s just responsible parenting to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand for any emergency that may occur.  A broken, bleeding toenail, a cut or burnt paw pad, and even the accidental ingestion of a foreign or toxic substance can happen to any of our pets without warning, so make sure to be prepared for what life may throw your way. 

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Make sure to also have with you – either in your wallet or your cell phone - the phone number and address of the nearest emergency animal clinic with you in case a trip to the emergency room is in order.  It’s recommended to also have the ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline (888) 426-4435 programmed into your phone book.

A is for Asphalt

Because we wear shoes, we may tend to forget to think about how hot the floor can get during the summer. Our pets don’t always have that luxury.  Burnt, blistered and bleeding paw pads can be avoided by making sure to walk your dog on grassy areas instead of hot asphalt.  Try going for walks early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is not so strong. 

If you can’t avoid the hot pavement, there are dog boots, like Ultra Paw Rugged Dog Boots, that you can purchase for your pooch to help protect them from the scorching ground.  If your dog resists to wearing paw apparel, you can also try Musher’s Secret – a wax-based cream that you can apply to your dog or cat’s paw pads to protect them from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt. It’s what dog mushers use to keep their dog’s protected and running at full speed during those long, dog sled races.

T is for Thirst

The most important thing to remember to keep your pet safe and healthy during the summer heat is to stay hydrated.  Like I mentioned before, our dogs don’t have as many sweat glands as we do so drinking lots of water throughout the summer months can help to keep them cool. Make sure they have plenty of access to clean, filtered water ESPECIALLY if they’re outdoors.

Don’t leave home without a collapsible water bowl…or perhaps investing in a stainless steel pet water bottle from H2O4K9.

So remember – for summertime fun, watch out for the summer H.E.A.T.!
ggggAmber Keiper is the Marketing Coordinator and Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is “mom” to two animal rescues - a spoiled Havanese mix named Chewy and a sassy tabby mix named Chiquita.  For more holistic pet health, nutrition and wellness tips, go to barfworld.com or sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter, The Intelligent Pet.
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 Brighthaven's Adoptable Dog

Two Positive Updates On Our Recent Dogs In Need

Hello Everyone!

It has been such an exciting day and now I am delighted to be able to tell you that dear Leo has found an amazing new home with Rainbow Farms Retirement and Rescue, in New Jersey!

Check it out:

Leo is going to have a pool to play in as well for a little therapy. He says he can hardly wait!

Leo, if he could, and his family are so very grateful too for the outpouring of love shown for this cute bundle. Thanks so much too, to all of you that emailed me about support and with ideas for Leo. You have been an awesome group.

With Heart-Felt Thanks,


Jeannette Patocskai
Social Media Director


Just a very quick update to let everyone know that Boom-Boom has been adopted! He left the shelter last week.

Thanks to everyone who forwarded Boom-Boom's story. It worked. Please, could you also let people know that he is safe now?

Susan Hoffman
BrightHaven Rescue Coordinator

 Pet Alert!
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Charkley 6/18/2013 - Natura Pet again recalls California Naturals, EVO, Healthwise, Innova, and Karma pet foods due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Charkley 4/17/2013 - Great Life Grain Free Buffalo and Dr. E's Grain Free Buffalo dog foods withheld from distribution due to unexplained odor.
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