Abby’s Blog

Thursday, July 23, 2020

We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave!

Hi Folks, Abby Here. Here are my friends, Sammy and Sissy! They’re sporting their new haircuts they got this week and riding with “mom” Sheila. They feel so good, and they know they are pretty! Plus, they are feeling much cooler. This brings me to my issue this week. This Heat! Dear Lord, whatever you’re cooking out there, it’s done already, lol. Here are a few friendly reminders!

NEVER leave your dog in the car in this heat. Even on a 70-degree day, temps inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees or more.

Do not leave an animal outside (even in the shade) for any extended period of time if the temperature is over 80 degrees.

Don’t exercise your dog in the heat of the day.  Morning and nighttime walks are best, but you still might want to consider shorter, more frequent jaunts. And remember the pavement is hot on their feet.

Provide your dog with plenty of water at all times!  Dehydration is the underlying cause of many serious heat-related complications.

Early symptoms of overheating include extreme panting and an elevated heart rate. Advanced sign of heat stroke in dogs can include anything from vomiting to disorientation to excessive drooling. Dogs with elevated body temperatures can seem lethargic or even lose consciousness altogether.

Take care and keep cool my friends.

Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for your caring and support during my hospital stay and recuperating at home. I’m getting better every day!!! I’ll see you next week. Love, Abby.

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