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07/26/2011

Shelters want to keep pets cool in this hideous heat!  »

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Hey guys, it’s been hot as all get-up lately! Well, prob not in San Francisco, but in New York and the rest of the country, in the words of Beverly Hills Cop, the heat is on. Reader Natalie M. sent me an email about the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka, Kan., and reminded me that this heat affects all the animals too! Kansas has been having a crazy heat wave and because of the heat, HHHS needs ice!

HHHS does not have air conditioning in our kennels so we must do the best we can to keep our animals cool. One method used to cool off the pets is ice. When the temperature exceeds 95 degrees, we place large blocks of ice in each of the dog kennels and smaller crushed ice in the cat kennels. Combined with blowing fans, the ice helps to make the heat more tolerable for our animals. Throughout the summer, we are in need of donors who can fund our ice program. To have enough ice delivered for all of our animals for one day it costs $150. Please consider funding this program and help us win the battle.

If you want to donate, go to their site or contact Kathy at (785) 233.7325 or kathym@hhhstopeka.org.

In this crazy-ass weather, I’m guessing HHHS isn’t the only shelter that needs help keeping cool; you should take a minute to call your local shelters and see if they need extra help! Imagine if you were in this heat, in a fur coat! Wacky animals and their fur coats.

Shelter pets aren’t the only animals in danger, your pets need to stay safe too! ASPCA has a great list of tips for avoiding heat stroke in pets but here are their basic points:

  • Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places where pets can cool off. When the weather’s extremely hot, keep your pets indoors.
  • Limit exercise to either early in the morning or late in the evening. Before starting your walk, give the sidewalk a test with the palm of your hand. If it’s too hot to touch, it can burn your pet’s footpads and should be avoided.
  • Bring outdoor pets inside, and give them access to air-conditioned areas of your home. For animals who must remain outside, provide a shady, sheltered place to rest and lots of fresh water in stable containers.
  • Never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time—even with the windows open—leading to fatal heat stroke within minutes.
  • Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Contact a veterinarian right away if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke.

The Humane Society also has a whole slew of products that help keep your dog cool. I’m into this Kool Dogz ice treat maker:
Dogs love ice! I actually bought one of these but never got around to using it. It seems easy but I’m lazy. Since I never used it, my mom made me sell it at our stoop sale. Jeez, mom! How’s your pet keeping cool?

[Picture from Kool Dogz website]

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