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How Do I Keep My Dog Safe From Heat Illnesses in the Car?

How Do I Keep My Dog Safe From Heat Illnesses in the Car?

By Caryl Wolff

Let me say at the outset that I am 100% against leaving dogs in hot cars. However, there may be an emergency where you can't leave your dog at home, and that's what this article is about.

In the summer months cars can be dangerous, even deadly, to our dogs. We've all seen the news reports of dogs and children trapped in cars - some with tragic endings.

Let's look at the numbers. A dog's normal body temperature is 101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If the air temp is 85 degrees outside the car, in 10 minutes, it's 104 inside; in 20 minutes, it's 114. If your dog's temp rises to 106, he has heat stroke, which damages his internal organs and can be fatal.

That being said, you can both prepare for a car ride with your dog during the summer months and also incorporate technology that lets you know that temperatures are getting too hot for your dog.

What you can do:

  • Don't exercise...
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pet dehydration skin test

Is Your Pet Dehydrated? Try These Simple Tests

By Jessie McDowell

Your pet's skin and gums give you clues to how hydrated and healthy your pet is. 

Help your pet beat the heat.
Why won't my pet drink from his water bowl?

Why won’t my pet drink from his water bowl?

By Justin Young

Your cat needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. This amount may increase based on the activity level of your pet or existing health conditions. You can help keep your cat properly hydrated by providing a source of clean water. But, what if your cat doesn’t seem to like her bowl?

How Do I Know My Pet Is Overheating?

How Do I Know My Pet Is Overheating?

By Justin Young

During the summer months, rising temperatures prove dangerous or even deadly to furry family members. Staying hydrated helps protect pets from overheating, but it's still important to recognize the signs of distress. Keep your critters, and yourself, from becoming hot under the collar by preventing potential problems.

Is your pet trying to tell you something?

Is your pet trying to tell you something?

By Justin Young

Are you only getting a mean mug from your pug? Is your Calico a no-show emotionally? Maybe your pet is trying to tell you something.

Surviving the Fourth of July Fireworks with Your Pet

Surviving the Fourth of July Fireworks with Your Pet

By Justin Young

Independence Day is nearly here. Americans will celebrate the day in many ways. Some will spend the day at the lake or on the beach. Others will invite their friends and family over for a summer feast cooked on the grill. After the sun goes down, many people will gather outside to admire the fireworks that light up the night sky. While humans will enjoy the sights, our canine friends may become stressed out and fearful. Here are some ways you can prepare for the Independence Day fireworks with your pet.