July 2017 Magazines - Page 47

Petpourri HOT DOG! We’re Talkin’ Summer Safety By Ashlee Verba I N A PLACE LIKE LAS VEGAS , SUMMERTIME CAN BE a double-edged sword: while we all antici- pate soaking up some long-awaited vitamin D, there’s no denying it gets blasted hot out there. With temperatures easily reaching over 105ºF on a daily basis there are considerations and provi- sions that need to be made for anybody enjoying an outdoor activity – but especially our pets. It’s a simple and all too common thought that our pets are animals who are naturally built to endure and adapt to their surroundings, includ- ing hotter temperatures. Sure, our pets can certainly withstand the heat, but that doesn’t mean they know how to proactively prevent the dangers of heatstroke and other warm weather woes; and that’s where we as pet owners come in. If you’re feeling suddenly insecure about your summer safety smarts, not to worry! You’re in the right spot for a quick refresher. Oh the Places You’ll Go When it comes to walking, we may have a slight bone to pick. While we recognize that walking your animal is an amazing way to keep them healthy and enrich your bond, you simply cannot leash up at anytime of the day during the summer months. For reference, if it’s 87ºF outside (which never happens in the summer), asphalt in the sun can reach 143ºF, while it only needs to be 125ºF to be destructive to paw pads. Thankfully, there is a very simple and easy way to tell if the ground is too hot for your dog: Place the back of your palm on the pavement, if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, then it’s too hot for your pup’s paws. If possible, plan your jaunts in the early morning or evening when you can both enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Lastly, if you plan on giving your pet a summer cut,