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Happy Summer! Happy Independence Day!
In This Issue:
∑ Dogs and Fireworks
∑ Paw Joggers' Summer Temp Guidelines
∑ Calendar For a Cause
∑ Dog Days of Summer
∑ Paw Wisdom
Dogs and Fireworks: A Top Ten Survival Guide
Paw Joggers knows that dogs across the country will react with fear and anxiety to all the firework celebrations--today and the following days of "leftover fireworks".
The noise of fireworks can be extremely stressful for dogs. We recommend these top ten strategies to Cincinnati's dog owners, to help them through the Independence Day holiday celebrations.
- DO expose your dog to loud, unexpected noises on a regular basis, especially leading up to an event that includes firework celebrations. Drop pot lids, toss a soda can with a few pennies in it, slam a door: anything to get your dog accustomed to being startled, so he can practice recovering quickly.
- DO NOT bring your dog with you to a fireworks celebration.
- DO provide your dog with a safe, comfortable place that will help her feel more secure amid the scary sights and sounds. Close the blinds to keep out the flashes of color in the sky, and turn up the television or some music to help muffle the sounds.
- DO NOT put your dog in a crate; a panicked, frightened dog can easily injure himself in a crate.
- DO ask your veterinarian if an herbal remedy or prescription sedative may be appropriate for your dog.
- DO consider giving your dog a highly valued chew toy before the fireworks celebration begins, which may help to keep her mind off the disturbance.
- DO attach a "house leash" to your dog, to act as an extra long handle, should your dog try to escape or run away.
- DO NOT comfort or "baby" your dog if he is afraid. Dogs take their cue of how to behave from their owners; if you are acting "strange" by offering soothing words and gestures, your dog may interpret your actions as praise for being frightened, or as confirmation that the fireworks are truly scary.
- DO act as normal and as "matter of fact" as possible, to help your dog understand that there is nothing to worry about.
- Most importantly, DO ensure your dog is wearing proper identification in case he manages to escape. More dogs escape during holiday celebrations than at any other time.
With a little preparation and an understanding of how to help dogs through their fears, dog owners can help prevent their pet from becoming a statistic this 4th of July weekend."
Paw Joggers' Summer Temperature Guidelines
The end of May and June shocked us with some August-like temperatures here in Ohio. Although we've experienced a few days of lower temps and humidity, we can expect the mercury to rise again.
Knowing this, Paw Joggers is sharing our guidelines for running and walking dogs in the summer heat. We use these as safety precautions for playtime and exercising during the summer months. Keep in mind that these are guidelines and that the breed, age, physical fitness and general mood of each pet is also taken into consideration during our running and walking sessions. Dogs only want to please you and will not quit until it may be too late. It's up to us to be responsible pack leaders and arm ourselves with the knowledge to protect our furry friends!
The following are simple guidelines followed by important tips for preventing heat-related injuries:
SLOW walks (shade)/outdoor breaks with indoor play
* Extra caution should be taken for snub-nosed breeds (brachycephalic) such as: boxers, pugs and bulldogs.
Web link for calculating heat index, the "feels like" temperature: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/jkl/?n=heat_index_calculator
Cooling Mechanisms of Dogs and Cats:
The cooling mechanisms of dogs and cats are different from those of humans. Dogs pant to cool themselves. Dogs and cats are able to make their hair stand on end to improve airflow through their coats. Cats lick themselves so evaporation can help with the cooling. Cats also pant, but usually not until they are already overheated.
When these cooling mechanisms are not enough, pets can overheat and suffer heat stroke. Short-snouted dogs (brachycephalic) such as Pugs and Pekingese are more susceptible than other dogs because their panting is less efficient, but all dogs and cats are at risk.
The nature of heat stroke is such that as the pet's body temperature gets higher and higher above normal, the symptoms become more serious and the required treatment more urgent.
- Monitor your pet carefully when exercising in hot weather, especially if it's also humid.
- Do not muzzle your dog in hot, humid conditions. Dogs must pant to cool themselves and a muzzle restricts the ability to do so.
- Be sure your pet always has fresh, clean water.
- If your pet is outside, make sure there is enough shade for relief from the sun.
- Be aware that on paved surfaces, the ground temerature can effect small pets much more intensely than larger pets that are higher off the pavement.
- When walking or runnning, try to stay off of the hot pavement as much as possible. Dogs pads can get burned. Stay on grass or dirt trails. Concrete is cooler than blacktop.
- Always remember your pet's body is parallel to the ground--the closer to the radiating heat, the higher chance for heat-related injuries. Get down to your pet's level and see what they are feeling!
- Run/walk in the morning hours whenever possible.
- Disregard walkways in open areas when there is a tree-lined area to use--more shade.
- Take hydration breaks for you and your pet! Try to plan routes near water fountains/clean water sources or carry water.
- If you have a heavily fur-coated pet, schedule a grooming appointment for a "summer cut". Brush and de-shed your pet often to remove that extra fur.
- Do not use pet carriers or crates that are not well ventilated.
- Shouldn't have to write this, but...NEVER, EVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle in warm weather--even for a minute! The rise in temperature inside a vehicle happens very quickly!
Make sure your pets enjoy a cool summer!_______________________________________________________________
Calendar For a Cause
Paw Joggers is an avid supporter of the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis! Their 2nd Annual "Calendar For a Cause" will be published this October and features--our fav--dogs!
These desk calendars are of the very best quality and make excellent gifts for friends and family and there's still time to feature your very own pooch in the 2011 Calendar For a Cause! To feature your pet, photos and orders must be submitted by August 1, 2010.
Click here for more information and to order: http://www.acpcalendardogs.org/home
Dog Days of Summer
Hmmm...what exactly are the dog days of summer?
Well, here it is in a nutshell, Wikipedia style...
The Romans referred to the dog days as diÁs canicul‚rÁs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2).
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady's Clavis Calendarium, 1813
No dogs will be sacrificed! Just make sure to keep your companions out of the "maddening" heat and hydrated!
Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Days
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