Keep Your Canine Friend Cool This Summer!

It can be easy to forget that dogs and people are not affected by summer heat the same way. When you’re out at the beach or just enjoying the sunshine outside your apartment, remember to take precautions to keep your buddy cool and safe!

Dogs don’t sweat, but they pant to alleviate the moisture in their bodies. It’s important to realize that if the heat and humidity are too high, they may not be able to relieve themselves of moisture quickly enough, and it will become a serious health risk.

The most important thing to have with you and your dog is plenty of cold water. In addition to drinking water, a spritzer bottle of cold water can also help cool your pup down from time to time. It is best to keep walks and vigorous activities shorter during the extremely hot summer days; the morning and evening hours are better for these because the temperature is generally lower. Activities like swimming and digging in the dirt can help keep your dog cool during the hotter parts of the day by cooling his or her paw pads, which are extremely sensitive and typically absorb heat from the ground.

Be aware of the signs of heatstroke and dehydration. If your dog appears lethargic, is breathing too hard, has red eyes, seems uncoordinated, or becomes unconscious, seek immediate help at your veterinary hospital.

For additional information, read more at the Humane Society’s website here.

Animal People, Inc.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help the community and give in the best way possible, then volunteering for a local organization is the perfect way to do so. Everyday dogs, cats, and other animals are abandoned and left to fend for themselves in the streets of Gainesville. Most of the animals who end up in pet shelters will end up being put down if they don’t get adopted in a set time or even if the pet shelter just doesn’t have room for them. One pet shelter in Gainesville is out to make sure that they help as many animals as possible in finding new homes. Animal People, Inc., a non-profit animal rescue organization, is committed to helping all animals, but especially the animals with extreme health issues that probably would have never found the help they need otherwise. Animal People, Inc. never euthanize their animals and they showcase their animals every week at PetsMart on Archer Road on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5 pm to get as many of them adopted as possible. If you have a desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself and helping the animals that can’t speak for themselves, check out the Animal People, Inc. website to donate money or even volunteer your time.