Tag: heat exhaustion

Play Time Pet Care Makes Sure Your Pet Gets Their Exercise

Clients often ask us what we do with their pet in the summer to make sure they still get their exercise when it’s too hot out.  This question prompted me to make a short video on how we play with pets when it’s too hot to play outside.

There are some great alternatives to outdoor, traditional, walks.  Check it out…

It’s too hot!  What do I do With My Dog?

I recently asked my Facebook fan group what they do to entertain their dogs when it’s too hot to play outside.  Here are some of the responses:

  1. My dogs love the laser pointer so they chase it up and down the hallway and they love water so they chase the water from the hose out back for a while keeps them cool, happy and wears them out!”

  2. Doggie daycare at Elite Paw Spa

  3. Go to the dog park early am hours – like 630 before its too hot”

Other than exercise type activities, here are some fun treat ideas to keep your pets cool:

  1. Frozen green beans

  2. Frozen toys – they have to lick them out 🙂

  3. Ice cubes

  4. Find the treat – hide them all around the house and tell your dog to “find them”.

Now it’s your turn!  What OTHER ideas do you have to exercise your pet in the hot summer months?

Keep Pets Out of the Heat this Summer

Arizona summer months can be brutal to our furry friends.  The heat index can rise to 122 degrees and higher.  A heat advisory is issued when temperatures are expected to raise well above the norm.

Keep Your Pets InsideDid you know that a dog can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke in temperatures like this?  This can happen on a walk or even in your own backyard.  As a pet sitter I advise all my clients to keep their pets inside when it starts getting hot outside and to leave their pets at home rather than bringing them along for a car ride. The inside of a car can heat up quickly leaving your pet defenseless and subject to heat stroke.

Some signs of heat stroke are:

  Rapid Breathing

  Heavy Panting

  Salvation

  Fatigue

  Muscle Tremor

  Staggering

Dog breeds that don’t like heat:

  Overweight dogs

  Elderly dogs

  Boxers

  Bulldogs

  Pugs

  Boston Terriers

  Lhasa Apsos

  Shih Tzus

  And any other snub nosed dog breed

If you have any of the above listed breeds you should really keep them inside all the time and let them bask in the glory of the air conditioning.  This is the environment they will do best in.

If you don’t have a doggy door it can sometimes be difficult to leave your pet(s) inside for long periods while you are at work.  It can also be stressful for a dog that needs to relieve themselves but are unable to.

Play Time Pet Care offers doggy potty breaks, or, mid – day visits, which will alleviate the stress from your dog as well as the guilt you may be feeling by leaving him inside all day. Not only do you get a personal pet sitter that will let your dog out in the middle of the day, she will also play with and love your dog while she is there, making your pet a little calmer when you arrive home.

Don’t Let This Happen To Your Dog

The Arizona summers are brutal on our pets.  Don’t let your dog suffer from heatstroke.  Heatstroke in dogs is preventable if you take the appropriate precautions.

On Father’s Day, the Arizona news stations reported about a dog who’s pet owner took them hiking in the middle of the afternoon and the paramedics were brought in to help save the dog’s life.  Full article

Here are some simple rules to follow when exercising with your dog in the heat of Arizona summers:

  1. Keep all strenuous exercise activities limited to the early morning hours.  BEFORE the heat rises to above 90 degrees.

  2. Have plenty of water available for your dog during this time.

  3. Make sure you take plenty of rest breaks in the shade.

  4. Allow your dog to rest and play in the cool air conditioned house during the hottest part of the day. (From 3pm – 6pm)

  5. DON’T GO HIKING OR MAKE YOUR DOG RUN IN TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPS.

As the news video explains, dog’s cooling systems are not as good as human’s.  They cool down by panting and have sweat glands in their paws, but it is not very affective.  When dogs are kept indoors, in the air conditioning, they have a hard time adapting to hot temperatures.

Keep your dogs save this summer!

Hots Months of Summer

Providing pet care to many households in the Mesa, AZ and surrounding areas has proven to be a challenging job in the hot months of the summer.  Not only is it hot for us humans, running from house to house with barley enough time for our cars to cool down, but the activities we love to do with our clients changes drastically because it’s too hot to have fun outside with Fluffy & Fido.  This is why we came up with some fun summertime treats to keep our 4 legged (and sometimes 3 legged) clients cool and happy.

The first treat idea combines two things most of our pets love:  ice & people food.  Now, we are huge advocates of healthy pets, so we aren’t using people food that is bad for our clients.  This treat is entirely made up of 1 can of unsalted, cut green beans.  There are two treats we get out of the 1 can:

  1. Ice cold ice cubes

  2. Frozen green bean snacks

Who’s dog doesn’t LOVE ice cubes?  My golden retriever will munch on ice cubes until his internal temperature drops to an uncomfortable level.  Needless to say, I have to be careful with the amount of ice cubes my guy gets =)

I have also found, from personal experience, that my dogs are a little finicky about what they eat.  They don’t want fresh green beans and they don’t like eating green beans straight from the can (I don’t think they enjoy the squishy texture), BUT, if I freeze the green beans, they LOVE them.  So, not only do they get a filling, crunchy snack in the afternoon, it also keeps them from grazing between meals, and doesn’t add extra unwanted calories.

So here’s how you do it:

  • Open a can of unsalted cut green beans.

  • Squeeze the liquid from the can into an ice cube tray.

  • Put a small piece of green bean in each cube.

  • Freeze!

  • Put the green beans in a container and freeze.  When you are ready to offer your dogs their treat, just remove from the freezer, break off some green beans and have fun!  Your dogs will LOVE you for it!

    Mesa Pet Sitter

Another great idea:

    • Fill a bucket with water and some of your pets favorite toys. (You could also add treats…carrots, green beans, etc.)

    • Freeze the bucket. (You can use a myriad of things to freeze the water…milk jugs, milk cartons, plastic bottles)

    • When completely frozen, remove the huge block of ice from the bucket and place outside.

Your dogs will have an exciting time licking the ice to get to their toys.

pet sitter

What fun ideas do you have to keep your pets cool and entertained in the hot summer months?

Arizona’s First Excessive Heat Warning in 2013

Arizona’s excessive heat can leave your pets feeling a little cooped up.  Your pets don’t spend much time outside and you may be escaping the heat by going to a movie or spending the heat of the day indoors at a mall, museum, or just chilling out at home watching movies all day.   Your pet may be restless from little activity, and since you can’t play fetch, go for a walk, hike or run…what are your options?

This game will keep your treat hungry pup entertained for HOURS: