Woof Wednesday: Heat Stroke, Hot Weather Games & Pit Bull-Kitten Luv

Savannah takes a dip in her water bowl to cool off.

Dogs may be “man’s best friend,” but parrots, cats, lizards and horses also form connections to human beings. Not only can having a pet cheer you up and reduce your stress levels, but your pet could save your life. These pets may be able to detect diabetic crises, seizures, migraines and Parkinson’s “freezing,” helping owners get timely — and often critical — help.

Dogs can actually be taught to detect cancer. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly skin cancer, accounting for 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. Diagnosis relies mostly on the way the skin looks — even though many melanomas are invisible to the naked eye. But cancer causes the body to release chemicals into our urine, sweat and even breath that smells different than normal. My most recent Huffington Post article gives even more cool details about how pets can avert human health crises. 

Of course, it’s up to the human part of the equation to keep our pets happy and healthy. At my house, PLAYTIME offers great brain candy and mental health breaks for both the furry and two-legged family members. But this $%$%^&^&! hot weather makes that a challenge.

What games does your puppy play during hot weather? Do you know how to give your pet first aid for heat stroke? When the temperature climbs near to 100 degrees, pets have trouble staying cool. But they don’t know any better and can over-exercise and risk death—yet they need healthy exercise. What’s a pet parent to do?

I’ve come up with some options for the Magical-Dawg. I’ve shared a few of them in this article about safe hot weather games for dogs.  Of course, the Seren-kitty (aka “coyote bait”) doesn’t go outside even in comfortable weather. I found a fun YouTube video that offers suggestions for cat-dog games and couldn’t resist sharing.

What creative games do your fur-kids play? Do the dogs and cats get along? Seren’s fav game of all is getting Magic in trouble. Please share your furry foibles!

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Woof Wednesday: Heat Stroke, Hot Weather Games & Pit Bull-Kitten Luv — 6 Comments

  1. Tiffany, I know–it’s a SQUEEEEE moment! Her owner posted on FB and gave me permission to share. Savvy (short for Savannah).

  2. I think you have a great blog Amy, a friendly style and lots of great info. How cute is that video? Fun logline too. LOL!

    This is also timely for me because I have a question. Indiana has been affected by the heat and humidity wave and our little rat terrier who is about 9 yrs old and weighs 9 pounds wants to be outdoors with us. He stays in the shade and lays on the cement patio most of the time and I always make sure he has water but I’ve been wondering how long is long enough. Thanks!

    • Kate, thanks so much for your kind words!

      I grew up in Indiana–my parents are still there. In those years we didn’t have AC, just box fans in the window. These days I think often it’s the contrast of going in/out of AC that makes us feel so awful. As for your little dog, probably as long as he has water and is in the shade he could stay out about as long as you. If the cement patio is in sun, though, it holds the heat more than grass or soil. It’s really hard to say X-number of hours is too much. *s* Watch the dog for excessive panting. Old dogs have less reserves. Misting him with water, or offering a wet/damp towel for lounging may also help cool him off. Here in Texas I don’t let Magic stay out longer than about 15-20 minutes during the hottest part of the day but he’s hard headed and won’t slow down unless on leash.