Interview: Keeping Your Pets Safe In The Hot Weather


AND BY THE TIME WE GET TO WEDNESDAY, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE RAIN CHANCES AT LEAST WILL KNOCK THE HEAT BACK, IN THE UPPER 80s ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. THANK YOU. HOT WEATHER MEANS HOT PAVEMENT AND THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR OUR PETS. PHOTOS SHARED ON FACEBOOK FROM A VETERINARY HOSPITAL SHOW THE IMPACT HEAT CAN HAVE ON OUR PETS AND A WARNING, SOME OF THESE IMAGES MAY BE HARD TO LOOK AT. MEDICAL LAKE VETERINARY HOSPITAL POSTED THESE PICTURES, THEY SAY A GOLDEN RETRIEVER BURNED HIS PADS AND IT WAS MORE THAN A MILE BEFORE HIS OWNER REALIZED, POOR LITTLE GUY. OLAF DIDN’T EVEN WINE OR LIMP. JOINING US NOW IS JIMMY MARSHALL WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND TRAINING AND BOARDING FACILITY IN CARROLLTON TO HELP US WITH TIPS TO KEEP PETS SAFE DURING SCORCHING TEMPERATURES. LET’S TALK ABOUT PROTECTING OUR PETS. YOU HEARD OLAF DIDN’T COMPLAIN ONE BIT. WHAT SHOULD PET OWNERS KNOW? FIRST OFF, YOU KNOW YOUR PET BETTER THAN ANYONE. ONE OF THE RULES OF THUMB IS IF IT’S GOING TO BE HOT FOR YOU, IT’S GOING TO BE HOT FOR YOUR DOG. DOGS DON’T SWEAT LIKE WE DO. YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR FEET STAY COOL. BASICALLY IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE TAKING YOUR SHOES OFF, AND WALKING ON THE CONCRETE, ROCKS, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, YOU KNOW YOUR PET ISN’T GOING TO BE COMFORTABLE WALKING ON THAT AGAIN. YOU KNOW YOUR PET BETTER THAN ANYONE SO THEY’LL SHOW YOU SIGNS. THEY REALLY DO LEAN ON YOU TO KNOW WHEN THEY MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE. SO THEY MAY NOT TELL US THAT IT’S HURTING THEM OR BOTHERING THEM. SOME OF THEM HAVE HIGHER PAIN TOLERANCES THAN OTHERS OR LIKE BEING OUT FOR THE WALK WITH YOU. SO YOU REALLY NEED TO BE THE ONE THAT MAKES CERTAIN THAT THEY’RE NOT OVERDOING IT. THAT IS A GOOD RULE OF THUMB. WHAT ARE SOME OTHER SYMPTOMS WHEN IT COMES TO OVERHEATING IN PETS, WHEN WE ARE TAKING THEM OUT ON WALKS, WHAT DO WE NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR? FIRST WE RECOMMEND IF YOU’RE GOING TO GO ON A WALK, MAKE SURE IT’S EARLY MORNING, EARLY EVENING. AGAIN IF IT’S HOT FOR YOU, IT’S GOING TO BE HOT FOR THEM. YOU WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THERE IS SHADE AVAILABLE. THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO SOME WATER. YOUR DOG’S FACE, I LOVE TO LOOK AT MY DOG’S FACE OR THE FACES AND EYES OF THE DOGS THAT ARE HERE, THEY WILL REALLY TELL YOU HOW THEY ARE FEELING. YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN, THERE’S A LOT OF DEVICES AND THINGS FROM A WET TOWEL TO A COOL VEST TO A NICE COOL FROZEN TREAT. REALLY KEEPING THOSE PAUSE COOL IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THESE GUYS. SO JUST REALLY JUST LIKE US IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HEAT, THERE’S NO REASON TO BE. IT’S REALLY NOT COMFORTABLE FOR THEM AT ALL. ABSOLUTELY. BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, REALLY QUICKLY ARE CERTAIN BREEDS MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO EXTREME TEMPERATURES THAN OTHERS? YEAH, THEY SURE ARE. FIRST OFF LIKE THIS LITTLE GUY HERE, ANY OF THE DOGS THAT HAVE THE SHORTER NOSE, YOU KNOW, ANY OF YOUR BULLDOGS, BOXERS, YOU WANT, YOU ARE GOING TO WATCH THOSE GUYS ALONG WITH LONG COAT DOGS. ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE FORGET WITH LONG COAT DOGS OR ANY DOG IS MAKING SURE THAT YOU REALLY, REALLY BRUSH YOUR DOG OUT. YOU WANT TO GET THAT UNDERCOAT OUT. A LOT OF IT THEY CAN DO THEMSELVES BUT A LOT OF IT THEY CAN’T AND REALLY THAT’S LIKE PUTTING ON A WINTER COAT AND US DECIDING TO GO OUTSIDE AND WALK. IT’S EXTREMELY HOT AND UNCOMFORTABLE. THAT DOES ACT AS A WAY OF

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