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Extreme Heat Poses Serious Risk to Pets

Fresh drinking water, wet towels and mobile evaporative coolers shield creatures from the GCC’s harsh climate

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 14th, 2017 – As temperatures shoot up across the Arabian Gulf, pet owners are being warned that extreme weather poses a serious risk to animals.

Temperatures exceeded 51°C in the United Arab Emirates at the end of last month, according tothe country’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, while the heat index, which takes humidity into account to express what that heat ‘feels like’, hit a scorching 66°C.1

“Unlike us, dogs and cats don’t release heat by sweating, leaving them particularly susceptible to heatstroke, which can make them seriously ill within minutes,” said Dr Lila Miller, Veterinary Advisor at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).2

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heatstroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat. Heatstroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”1

Speaking in June, Emma-Leigh Pearson, DVM, a veterinarian with animal hospital network MedVet, said, “As the weather gets warmer and our dogs have yet to acclimatise to the change in temperature, more cases of canine heatstroke are seen.

“The primary goal in the treatment of heatstroke is to actively facilitate cooling. Methods of cooling in the heatstroke patient focus on evaporative and conductive mechanisms of heat dissipation.”3

Portable evaporative coolers are an easy way to keep animals cool even at the height of summer. Far cheaper to run than air conditioning, evaporative coolers also get to work far more quickly – important when the weather is simply unbearable.

“Traditional portable air-conditioning units are not only costly, they are often ineffective when they are placed outside,” said Thomas Morrison, Marketing Director, Portacool LLC.

“If your pets spend most of their time in the garden, evaporative cooling will keep them safe and comfortable.”

 

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR PET COOL… AND TREATING AN OVERHEATED ANIMAL

  • Dogs should be walked early in the morning or after the sun has set.
  • Keep pets indoors between noon and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Ensure your animals can access a shaded area at all times.
  • Provide plenty of chilled drinking water and replace it regularly. Ice packs placed underneath the bowl will keep it cooler longer.
  • Never leave your animal restrained in direct sunlight or alone in a vehicle for any length of time.
  • If your pet becomes overly lethargic, vomits or has a dazed expression, act immediately. Ice packs or cool, wet towels should be placed near the animal’s head and neck and it should be driven to the nearest vet in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Overweight animals and those with thick coats are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia.

 

About Portacool

Portacool, LLC is the worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry, providing cooling solutions that assist in providing comfort in the hottest conditions whether at work or play. Headquartered in Center, Texas since 1990, Portacool provides a wide range of products from industrial to residential applications. Portacool products are sold via distributors and retailers across the United States and 56 other countries. To learn more about the company, or to see the line of products go to www.portacool.com.

Cool Dog Houses For Your Back Yard

It is summer and the heat can be very unbearable. If we feel it is too hot for us then our beloved fur pals will be feeling the inconvenience in a much different degree.

Dogs can overheat quite fast compared to humans as they have different process of releasing the heat from their bodies. And they do not sweat as much as we do. So, it is our obligation to ensure that even during the peak of summer, our furry pals are also convenient, comfortable, and not exposed to the extreme weather conditions brought about by summer.

Not every homeowners accommodate their dogs inside the home especially if they have the big kinds. No matter what the reason is for not letting your dogs inside the house, it is humane to ensure that their living quarters offer the best comfort any pet owner can give their dogs.

Here are some comfortable and really convenient dog houses that you can set up in your backyard that can withstand the heat of summer, and provide warmth even on the cooler months:

 

Photo credit: http://community.homedepot.com/howto/ArticleDetail/Dog-House-with-Roof-Top-Deck-ka450000000TQKw

 

Cabin Doghouse

 

 

Photo credit: doggytoyhub.com

 

This dog kennel is perfect for pet owners who have multiple dogs in the family. It is very spacious and the air circulates normally, allowing the dogs to feel cool on breezy days. A fan installed can help cool down dogs during summer.

Photo credit: radnoroak.co.uk

If you have the budget to level up your precious dog’s house, install a heater/air condition unit combo that will help regulate the temperature inside even during the harshest weather.

Photo credit: cozywinters.com

 

Choosing The Right Doggie Day Care For Your Pooch

Photo credit: doggies-gonewild.com

Photo credit: doggies-gonewild.com

Deciding to leave your pooch at a doggie day care Miami can be a difficult decision. After all, I’m sure you would rather stay home with your four legged friend. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. Thankfully, there are wonderful doggie day cares, such as doggies-gonewild.com, that will give your furry friend a safe and fun home away from home. The following tips will help ensure you find the right day care for your best friend.

Questions to Ask
There are some basic questions that you should ask the day care before you make a commitment. These questions include:

• What is the dog to human ratio?
• How does the staff handle dog fights?
• What training has the staff undergone?
• Are there certified dog trainers on hand? If so, are they on staff throughout the day?
• What breeds does the day care accept?
• What is their disciplinary actions?

Avoid day cares that avoid answering your questions. A trusted, well-respected day care will be more than happy to answer any and all of questions. They know how important your dog is and want their clients to know their furry family member will be safe and in good hands while at the day care.

The staff at the day care should never leave the dogs only, not even for one minute. No matter how well behaved dogs are, they are still animals and can act out of character in a snap of a finger. If the day care is not properly staffed, the dogs could end up alone if an emergency occurs.

Doggie Day Care Dos
• Visit the facility before making your final choice
• Research each day care you are considering
• Ask questions

Doggie Day Care Don’ts
• Use day cares that have untrained staff
• Use day cares that are understaffed
• Board your dog if it doesn’t met certain requirements, such as having all the required vaccinations
• Overlook the emotions your dog has towards the day care

If your dog seems unhappy or fearful going to the day care, it could be a sign that he or she doesn’t want to stay at that particular facility. Despite how amazing the day care seems, your pooch should have the final say in determining which day care you choose.

Choosing the right doggie day care is like picking the best school for your child. You must research your options, ask questions and read reviews.

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe From The Fireworks

Tomorrow is July 4 and it is Independence Day. Many Americans will celebrate this momentous occasion with tons of merriment that involves great fireworks that will spook the living daylights from our pets.

Here is a diagram of tips to ensure your pets are safe and secured when you decided to celebrate with fireworks to honour the American Independence Day.

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Regular Vet Check-Up For Your Pets

Do you have pets? If so, how often do you take your pets to the vet for a routine check-up? Mine is annually, the same time as my dog’s vaccine shot update. I also take her when I see she is being lethargic or fussy. However, there is a variety of the number of times you can take your pet to the vet and it all depends as well on their age, size, condition, breed, and type.

It is a good practice though to bring your pet for a regular check up at least once or twice a year just to make sure the vet can spot something odd that you can’t. It is better to catch something earlier than when they are in their advanced stages.

Few months ago, I had to rush my precious baby dog, Millie, to the vet because she was acting lethargic, not eating much and walking super slow when few days before we noticed her sudden change of behaviour and lack of appetite (which was a very rare sight!), we decided a quick visit to the vet was needed. And she was just in the vet few weeks earlier for her vaccine shot.

Her blood work was taken and we were glad it wasn’t negative for anything bad. Rather, she had a pain on her shoulders because she loved to jump around and she probably had a bad fall while we were not at home. So, she was feeling all these pain and not wincing at all. We thought the vet would give antibiotics like simplicef and thank goodness that her blood results were fine. She was given a pain-relief instead for 3 days and surprisingly, as soon as she ingested the first tablet, she was back to her jumpy self.

We made sure she wouldn’t jump on the bed and couch anymore by removing low objects on the way.

So, we were glad we didn’t wait for last minute and decided to do another check-up. Otherwise, we would have seen her condition get worse.

Make it a habit to visit the vet. Take that opportunity to ask questions, clarifications and even tips if you are a first time parent to a furry baby.

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