Your dog loves riding in the car with you and playing in the grass on warm, sunny days. But when it gets really hot, keep Fido indoors where the air conditioning can keep your best friend cool.
Like people, pets can suffer from all kinds of heat-related problems, such as heatstroke, dehydration and respiratory distress. Some days, the safest thing for them is a lazy day inside your home.
Here are five ways to keep Fluffy and Fido safe and cool this summer:
Put out extra bowls of water indoors and outdoors so your pets can drink as much as they need. And drop a couple of ice cubes into Fido’s water dish to keep the water nice and cool.
Water isn’t just for drinking in the summer. Let your pets stand or play in it to help keep them cool.
If you’re outdoors with your pet, stay in the shade. Too much sun can cause heatstroke. Short-haired pets can get sunburned.
If you’re leaving the house without your pets, keep them indoors and leave the air conditioning on. If you’re taking them with you, don’t leave them unattended in a hot car, even with the windows cracked.
Exercise your pets early in the morning or late in the evening, when the weather is not so hot.
The Black Heritage Society in Houston holds its annual Original MLK Day Parade January 21, starting in front of Minute Maid Park. The celebration continues after the parade with the MLK Jr. Taste of Houston festival, also at Minute Maid Park.
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