Keeping your Pets Safe from the Sun and Heat of Summer
Dear Abby, my owner took me to the beach the other day. I saw her put on some white stuff all over and then she sat in sun. I had to hang out in the shade behind the cooler. Is there some of that white stuff for pets, so I can catch some rays also? - Sunny
Dear Sunny: You are referring to sunscreens. There are versions for pets too. I would stay away from the sprayed on versions. They are too risky for pets, except if you are big like a horse, of course! Tell your owner to ask your vet about a good product to use. She should also read the label carefully. Some of those products have ingredients that make the hair stand up on my head!
Dear Abby: My owner loves to take me on these long walks. It is getting bloody hot out here. I feel I need to have a side bar with him about signs to look for that I might be overheating in all that heat. - Hot Feet
Dear Hot Feet: Your question is very insightful. There are a few signs to look for. First, you may start vomiting; that should get their attention. You may also lose coordination (like you had one too many drinks-lol). Your panting might also become extreme - almost frantic. Keep cool!