For millennia, philosophers have debated the question: “what is a person?” Are insects people? How about fish or birds? Robots or computers? Some people say yes, others say no. But one thing’s for sure: if you’re a pet person, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your pet is a person. After all she or he has a distinct personality, right? And only a person can have a personality. Case closed.
Maybe my argument isn’t very philosophical, but it works for me, and probably for most pet owners. Pets sure seem to experience emotions and feelings very much like we do. And just like us, they tend to spend more time outside during the summer months. So as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to make sure they stay healthy, happy, and cool all summer long!
Here are some tips to heat your pets beat the heat:
- Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh, cool water throughout the day. This is probably the single-most important thing you can to help your pet avoid dehydration and heat-exhaustion.
- Provide plenty of shade for your pets. For example, if you have a sunny yard, make sure there are some trees your pet can rest beneath.
- NEVER leave your pet in your car unattended. Even with the windows “cracked,” temperatures in your car can quickly rise to dangerous levels and put your pet in danger of heat exhaustion or stroke.
- Be prepared in case your pet succumbs to heat stroke. Consult “How To Treat Heat Strokes In Pets” published on the American Red Cross website for information.
In addition to beating the heat, be sure your pets are wearing collars and ID tags so they can be easily identified and returned to you if they get lost. Also be sure they are protected against heart-worm, fleas, and ticks by giving your pets medication recommended by your veterinarian.
To be even more prepared to assist your pet in the event of a summer health or safety emergency, consider downloading the Red Cross Pet First Aid App for your smartphone or tablet. It is available free from the Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.
So, if you ever wonder if your pet is a person, just look at that little face. Of course, your pet is a person! And just like other people, pets don’t always make the right decisions about how to stay healthy and safe during the hot summer months. But as your pet’s best friend, you can help.
-Written by Randy Hulshizer