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Surviving the Dog Days

June 10, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

With the dog days of summer setting in earlier than ever, now’s as good a time as any to talk about how to keep your pets safe and comfortable when the temperature (and humidity) rises. As with humans, rule #1 is to stay hydrated, and the good folks at Dog is Good have come up with an adorable water bottle just for your pup. The stainless steel, BPA-free bottle holds 24 ounces of liquid and has two openings: a smaller one with a ball bearing to control water flow, and a larger one with a cap that unscrews to become an on-the-go bowl. If you’re hitting the road or taking a hike, the bottle fits in most cup holders and comes with a carabiner for easy transport. The doggie water bottle is available for $19.99 at dogisgood.com.

Wherever you are this summer, make sure your pet has access to shady, cool areas to rest. I’m sure you already know this, but it bears repeating: Never ever leave your pet in the car alone in the warmer months (or even in the cold months, come to that). Temperatures inside cars rise rapidly, even with the windows down, and pets have been known to die in as little as 10 minutes. So even if you’re just running to the grocery store and your dog is begging to go along, leave him or her at home.

Be vigilant in the fight against summertime pests, like fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Give your pets their heartworm meds, and check them for ticks and fleas regularly, especially after you’ve been walking them in areas where there’s high grass or woods.

Believe it or not, pets can get sunburn too. Rub a little waterproof sunblock on unprotected areas like the tips of their ears, skin around the lips, and the tip of the nose if they’re going to be outside.

Summertime doesn’t have to be all worry—there are plenty of opportunities to play too! Tonight’s Doggie Date Night Island Style, for instance, is a great excuse to get out and kick up your heels/paws for a good cause. Project Animal Worldwide and special guest dog Brownie Moo will welcomed guests of the two- and four-legged variety to a night of dinner and dancing to the music of The Deftet Jazz Trio and Christina Signorile & The Fever. Proceeds from the event will benefit Project Animal Worldwide’s animal rescue and education work. For more information, visit projectanimal.org.

Happy summer!

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  1. June 10, 2011 8:10 am

    This is great for me! My dog has very long fur and even when he is groomed it still grows back quickly! So, he LOVES the shade. Though I can’t see him with a bottle…it never hurts to try! 🙂

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