A hot dog is no laughing matter
Hi everybuddy. You might assume that I’m wearing angel wings, on account of my face is so sweet (or so I’ve been told). Actually, I’m wearing a hot dog suit because Thursday is National Hot Dog Day!
Here, I’ll show you my buns. Anyway, National Hot Dog Day on July 23rd is a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, the hot dog. Unfortunately, even though hot dogs taste delicious, a hot dog (or cat) is no laughing matter. So, I have done some research and compiled tips to help your pets keep their cool during the hot summer months.
- Make sure your pets always have access to fresh, cool water. I do NOT recommend diet soda, so you can kick that can to the curb. I DO recommend a nice pet drinking fountain. I personally prefer to have ice cubes floating in my water.
- If possible, make sure your pets stay inside during peak heat/humidity times. This means walking your dog in the early morning or evening hours. If your dog must stay outside, make sure he or she always has access to shade and plenty of fresh water.
- When walking your dog, use the “5-second rule” to see if the ground is too hot. Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for five seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog (this tip from Moon Valley Canine Training).
- Pets can get sunburned, especially pets with sparse or light-colored fur and in thinly haired areas. Use a pet-safe sunscreen, and consider protective t-shirts, and even try doggles for the eyes. Plus, they look real cool!
- Dogs and cats don’t sweat like humans do. We dissipate heat through our paw pads or by panting. This isn’t very efficient, so we prefer not to get overheated in the first place.
- This one is very, very important: NEVER leave a pet unattended in a parked car, even if you think you’ll only be gone for a few minutes. Even with the windows rolled down, the temperature can quickly rise dangerously high resulting in heat stroke and even death.
- Finally, remember that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes thrive during the hot summer months so it’s important to apply flea & tick prevention to your pets every month, and also don’t forget the heartworm preventative!
ps: Those black specks are not fleas, they are the dots from my sesame-seed buns!