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Monday, July 18, 2016

An Early Morning Stroll in the Neighborhood

Guess the family of seven (I only caught four in my viewfinder) decided on a walk before it got even hotter.  The Capital Weather Gang says no end in site to this oppressive heat.  Certainly the deer know best.   We need to make sure we do right by our animal companions and keep them cool and comfortable.
  • Keep companion animals  indoors when temperatures are extreme and in the shade when they are outdoors.
  • Walk dogs  early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. (Nigel's walks are before 7:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. with short potty breaks throughout the day.)
  • Provide plenty of water at all times, especially on walks, to avoid dehydration. 
  • Never ever, ever leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.  Temperatures in cars can increase rapidly and become lethal. 
  • As always, if you think your companion animal  is in distress due to the heat, call your veterinarian or the local emergency animal hospital immediately.