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 If you’ve followed PetsWeekly for any length of time, you already know how we feel about summers in the desert. However, this summer, it appears our entire nation is going to experience a taste of our sweltering desert heat. Those of you who are not quite accustomed to 100+ degree temps will need some adjustment time.

That’s why we want to share some of the newest products on the market to help protect your pets from the sun (and a few favorites we’ve used for years that we love).

We also tossed a few tips in here on how you can stay cool without breaking the bank on air conditioning bills and even what you can do to help Keep Your Aquarium Running During Summer Blackouts and how to plan ahead for power loss.

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Learn About Heatstroke and CPR

Learn CPR for people and pets. We've got some excellent infographics in our section on Heat Related Pet Resources.

Heatstroke and water-related deaths are as commonplace as the flu in the desert. Not all dogs know how to swim (read more about Dogs that can't Swim and Some that just aren't very good at it) and not all pets know when it’s time to take a break in the shade. Heatstroke can happen any time, which means you should know how to prevent heat stroke in pets.

In Arizona, you never travel anywhere without a bottle of water tucked away. We keep a couple of cases in our car as well as extras in our home so our pets (or other people’s pets) are never without a cool drink of water.

Finally, I shouldn't have to say it, but I will: Do not leave your pet in a hot car! If you see someone doing this, say something (or just call the police). Also, it's just become legal for people to break windows of cars in order to free a dog or other pet that has been left unattended, but this is not a "free for all". Be sure you document, contact the police, and if possible - wait for them to show up and handle the problem. 

If the animal is in obvious and severe distress, be very cautious in how you break the window and remove the dog, but keep these things in mind:

  • Glass can cut you and the dog.
  • You do not know how dangerous the dog that is in the car.
  • You don't know how the dog will respond to you coming in to their space.
  • You don't know how the window will break.
  • You need to have a safe way to restrain the dog and a place to move them. 
  • You don't know how the owner will respond should they arrive back at the car. 


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