Hot Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool

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Summer brings with it many dangers for your pets. Unlike humans, pets have a fur coat that helps keep them insulated. They have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and rely on panting to cool down. It is very easy for a dog or cat to become overheated, which can have life-threatening consequences. Here are just a few ways that you can help keep your pet cool this summer.

Offer Shade 
The shade is often at least 10 degrees cooler than the direct sun. Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to remain cool. In the house, this is easy, but outside you will want to make sure you have a doghouse or trees to provide the shade.

Walk Early or Late
When you are taking your dog out for exercise, do so before the sun rises or after the sun sets. This way you can make sure they get a good workout in. Evenings are also a great time to play with your pet outside without having to worry about trying to get them to cool down.

Fresh, Cool Water
Make sure your pet has access to fresh, cool water at all times. If it is going to be really hot out, freeze ice blocks that you can put in the water that will melt. This will also give your pet something to play with. Many dogs love sprinklers in the yard, which can be another way to offer exercise while staying cool.

Make sure you never take your pet somewhere he or she cannot go inside during the summer. You do not want to leave a pet in the car. Even with water and the windows cracked, the temperatures inside a vehicle can soar quickly.

With these few tips, you will be able to keep your companion cool and comfortable all summer long.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Yin-yang theory: If something is hot, cool it. If something is cold, warm it. Supplementing the opposite restores balance. Foods have different physical and energetic qualities. So, if you’re hot, eat cold/cool foods. Here are some examples of common foods with cold/ cool energetics that may help keep your pet cool all summer long: banana, orange, apple, pear, blueberry, strawberry, mango, yoghurt, seaweed, watermelon, celery, spinach and zucchini.

Source: Dr. Michel Selmer, of Advanced Animal Care Center, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2.

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