I will repeat myself, over and over again until irresponsible pet owners realise that their beloved four-legged pals must not be left alone inside the car, especially this summer. The temperature can go high during mid-day and a closed vehicle is like an oven. Your pets will get fried! Don’t do that!
I attached this picture I have seen from metapicture.com. It is a considerate way to care for your pet while you have to run errands. Although, the picture is cute;I am still not comfortable with the idea of leaving your precious pet unattended and exposed to the harsh elements. Then again, this is only okay if you have a pick-up truck. What if you don’t?
So, if you have to run an errand and there is no one to watch over your pet, maybe you can leave him/her to a pet sitter or ask a neighbor to watch until you get back. I think, that is the best thing to do under the circumstances.
For pet owners, it is a common practice to ensure that our furry pals are also protected during the long summer months. If you are now familiar with this info, then equip yourselves with the proper know-how on how to protect your dogs this summer as their temperature can go high faster than human does.
Here are simple and easy to remember tips to ensure your pets are safe:
- Be wary of their pants because it may indicate heat exhaustion. If you’re dog is heavily salivating and panting like crazy, go to a cool place quickly and hose off your dog with a luke warm water.
- Have regular vet check up so other problems can be taken cared of like parasites, gastro-intestinal problems and even prevent Lyme disease.
- If you have a balcony, refrain from leaving it open for your pooch to wander into. It can get very hot at midday and your dog can fall off or even be left there unsupervised scorched under the heat of the sun.
- Avoid outdoor activities if the weather gets too extreme.
- Have enough water for your dogs to access. Fresh bowl of water here and there is a good tip.
- Give your pet a summer shave if advised by the vet or professional groomer. Some breeds with long hair will have difficulty cooling off because the breeze will not easily reach their skin.
- Do not let your dog run over sandy areas as the sand can get very hot. This will burn their paws.
- Do not ever, ever leave your dogs inside an unattended vehicle even if you leave a gap. A stalled car under the heat of the sun can also get hot like an oven. Imagine how it feels like for your dog to sit in there, trapped and heated extremely beyond their body’s capacity. Be wise! Leave your pets at home if you have to go for an errand.
I got the photo from Facebook and give credit to the owner. I think, we should do this if there is an irresponsible pet owner out there who leaves their dog inside a hot car and not be guilty about doing so.
Cold season here in the UAE pale in comparison to the winter season in other countries. Although we also enjoy the more pleasant and chilly temperature of winter, the temperature does not go very low. We are lucky if it dips to 12 degrees Celcius. The temperature on most days during winter is between 14 or 15 degrees Celcius to 22 to 26 degrees Celsius at its peak during the day.
Even if the winter season here is not as cold as I want it to be, many establishments install infrared heaters around their area because it still gets a bit chilly at night. The heavy winter clothing is not really required but a beanie and a scarf are worn because of the wind chill and to avoid catching colds and flu.
Many people enjoy this season because it is a comforting break from the extreme heat that we all experience for several months. Winter is just around the bend. The day is shorter now and soon, summer will bid the Middle Easterners good bye as we prepare the coming of autumn and winter.
Here comes summer! There is no denying it anymore. Just few days ago, I was experiencing the lashing of super typhoon Falcon in the Philippines. I was greeted here in Dubai with the extreme opposite of what I had in Manila. It is so hot and very humid.
My husband said that few days before I got back here, the sandstorm was too much. He had to do the laundry twice!
So, caution to those who are in the Middle East right now. Take a lot of water. Put your sunscreen protection and wear light clothing because the summer heat is not letting up.
This unbearable heat is just the beginning…
I told myself I would not complain but walking outside the scorching heat was so unbearable. I decided to go on foot to the dojo for my karate class. If I had to use the car, it was 10 minutes away from my place. Since it was not that far, I took off and walked. I was barely 50 meters away from my residence when I began to feel the piercing heat. It was 4:30 p.m but the sun was still up and the heat quite unbearable. It was not even summer yet but I knew how hot and humid the summer would be this year. Not good!
I paused and drank my water and I didn’t know what came over me when I offered a prayer in the middle of the vacant lot. I prayed and asked God for forgiveness because my pain was nothing compared to the sacrifice he had to save us all. Then I remembered the laborers who worked even on the peak of the day’s heat to complete their tasks. And to think that they were doing that for a living and I was just walking to my karate class.
I really felt so ashamed that I told myself that I would try my level best not complain when I would feel any discomfort. My discomfort is so insignificant compared to others and I am deeply humbled by the thought and experience.