Dear Bitch,

I took your advice and have been walking myself and my dog back into good health, but now it’s June, and I’ve just got to say… It’s hotter than a $2 pistol around here, so now what?! I mean, really, the swimming pool is boiling, the ice cream truck melted, and my shower is just a steam bath. If it gets any hotter, I’ll have to take off stuff I really ought to keep on. My dog feels the same way, and she’s sitting here in fur. Where are we, Dallas? Care to shed some light on how I’m supposed to keep up that good clean livin’ you’re always writing about when all I really want to do is sit in front of the a/c until it blows snowballs?

Sweaty in S.A.

 

 

Dear Sweaty,

Nobody said life in Texas was going to be easy and breezy year-around. Your options are to go to Colorado for the season or wipe the sweat from your eyes and keep reading.

It’s okay to dial back and/or change your exercise times to coincide with cooler hours of the morning or evening. Exercise in the mornings also means cooler asphalt and sidewalks on your pet’s paws. Once you get back home, make sure there’s plenty of fresh water available throughout the day; and if your dog is in the yard for any extended period of time, make sure you’ve got enough shade for them to seek refuge.

Dogs regulate their temperature through panting and sweating through their cute little feet, so if you’ve got ears and any type of situational awareness, you can hear when they’re hot. Maybe toss them an ice cube or two as a cooling treat if the day is a real scorcher.

Trimming longer hair on dogs may be beneficial, but never shave your dog. The layers on their coat protect them from overheating and sunburn. But a good brushing is a worthwhile time investment.

Finally, it goes without saying that you should never leave your pet in an unoccupied car when it’s hot out. Don’t do it with your kids. Don’t do it with your fur kids.

Be safe. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Spay and Neuter your pets.

-The Bitch

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