Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2008
HealthyPet Magazine, the largest pet magazine in the country, offers its annual Summer Survival Guide for pet parents.
For humans, summer is all about beach, sun and vacations. For pets, it can mean sunburn, exhaustion and heatstroke. By following a few easy tips and precautions, any parent can ensure a healthy and happy summer for their pet.
Summer Survival Guide for Pets
Provided by HealthyPet Magazine
1) Always have plenty of cool fresh water available inside and out. Use ice-cubes to keep it refreshed.
2) Keep your pets indoors as much as possible where it's air-conditioned and comfortable. This is critical when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
3) If pets are outside during the day, make sure there is plenty of shade for them.
4) Try to walk your dog early in the morning and in the evening hours to protect their pads from contact burns. Pad burns can be very painful for dogs and difficult to treat.
5) Consider shaving your pets to keep them cooler. Did you know your pet's average body temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees normally?
6) Just like humans, light or fair-skinned animals can burn in the sunlight. Ask your veterinarian for a sun-block recommendation that's right for your pet.
7) Check your pet's eyelids and ears daily for sunburns and blisters.
8) Brush your pets frequently allowing more airflow to their body and skin. Just imagine if you had all that fur and hair in 90-degree weather.
9) If you notice your pet's behavior is abnormal like pacing, panting, disorientation, listlessness, see your veterinarian immediately. Your pet may be experiencing heat stress or heatstroke.
10) Consider feeding your cat wet food as this will ensure adequate water intake.
You can learn more about Healthy Pet's summer tips in the upcoming June issue of HealtyPet Magazine. Veterinarians mail HealthyPet Magazine to their patients reaching more than 10 million readers a year. Want to learn more? Go to healthypetmagazine.com.
More about HealthyPet Magazine
Launched in 1999, HealthyPet publishes four times year and reaches more than 10 million readers annually. Each issue features a celebrity and their pet on the cover and talks about key pet topics such as preventative care, wellness, nutrition, behavior and more. You can learn more about HealthyPet by visiting http://www.healthypetmagazine.com.
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