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Blogpaws 2016: A guide to Arizona

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[heading style=”1″ color=”#996633″ style_color=”#996633″]Water Consumption[/heading]

Be sure you are aware of heatstroke problems in pets Know the signs of dehydration in your pets. It can sneak up fast on you.

If your pets aren’t drinking enough, find ways to encourage it. One of our favorite things to do is offer them flavored water (we love The Honest Kitchen broths for this trick!) Also, there are sports drinks for dogs that help guard against dehydration. One of our favorites is Rehydrate.

Learn more about encouraging your pets to drink and making sure they’re drinking enough by using this fun infographic: How Much Water Does Your Pet Need?

[note style=”5″ type=”info” icon=”yes”]Tip: The water quality of Arizona is very hard with high levels of arsenic. Most hotels have a decent water filtration system, but you should ensure your pets are only drinking filtered water. It won’t hurt your pets to drink the water, but they may not drink enough water to stay hydrated because it doesn’t usually taste great.[/note] [heading style=”1″ color=”#996633″ style_color=”#996633″]Dust Storms (Haboobs)[/heading]

If you’re driving, you need to know that we’ve had some massive dust storms over the past few years. Some of us call them haboobs, but mostly they’re just walls of dust coming up from the South. Here is what you can expect if we happen to have one during Blogpaws.

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They basically result in near blackout conditions and if you’re on the road, you need to know what to do.

[note style=”5″ type=”warning” icon=”yes”]TIP: Pull over to the side and turn all of your lights off. Stay in your car until dust storm passes.[/note]

The accidents happen when people follow car lights, not realizing they are stopped. Stay in your car with your seatbelts on until the storm passes.

Dust also means, if you’re asthmatic or prone to breathing problems, you need to bring your inhaler. While Arizona used to be the main choice for TB patients, we have created a new micro-climate that results in a lot of pollution (even if you can’t see it) and very high pollen counts.



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