In very hot weather be very careful with having the dogs exercise and play hard.
Walking your dogs early in the morning or evening works better for them. The hot pavement can injure their paws. To help your pet, it is a good idea to spray their paws with bottle of ice water to keeps their paws cool. Keep your pets indoor, high temperatures inside can also be as dangerous to pets as high temperatures outdoors. Warning! if it is too warm for you it's also too warm for your pets.
Always be sure your pets have plenty of water.
Dog and cats skin is very delicate, skin cancer is a common form of cancer in dogs and cats. You can apply a specific
sunscreen that is made for pets. Do not use human sunscreen because it can be toxic for pets.
Look out for heat exhaustion: if you see your dog having trouble breathing, excessive panting, increased hear rate, weakness or collapsing call your vet immediately.
Before you start your vacation, get your dog and cat accustomed to a long car ride by taking them on short trips in the neighborhood and gradually lengthening the time with each trip.
Be sure you put your pets in a safe crate just roomy enough for them to sit or lie down in vehicle. Use a harness that attaches to your car seat belt. Keep the pet away from airbags that can harm them if deployed. Bring a favorite toy or a stuffed animal to put in the create.
Do not let you dog stick its had out the window of a moving vehicle. Derbies can get into their ears, eyes and nose causing pain or even infection. Only keep your window cracked.
Be as consistent as you possibly can with mealtime and walking schedules. Don't be surprised if your pet doesn't eat the first day or so because this is a common reaction to change.
Give your pet plenty of love, play time and exercise.
Cats are both predators and prey, and people are often perceived as the predator. Understand and learn how to both read body language and how to approach cats on their own terms is very important.
Fear is the number one cause of feline aggression and understanding that will help those who wish to help the cats. If a cat bites or scratches badly or is behaving abnormally do not attempt to touch or approach the cat. Remove the cat so it will not attack a person or other animals. Keep it calm in another room it might be very frightened. Do not punish or confront the cat. All this is going to do is increase the aggression the cat thinks you are threatening it. Cats often calm down after a couple of hours of the incident. Continue to be cautious.
When a cat is about to attack, the body is held in a straight-forward position, pupils are narrow, the tail may be moving rapidly from side to side, ears are back, and whiskers are forward. Beware!
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