Guest Blogger: Connie Manning, Controller 

It’s HOT out – and when we have such warm summer nights, I for one don’t sleep well. Yes, I have AC – but I’m convinced that I need fresh air to sleep, not the same old re-circulated stale air that’s been breathed already. So, I often end up outside in the wee hours of the morning. And right there to keep me company are my dogs who love the fact that I am sleepless. All 5 of them. Yes, I said 5 – and all big dogs too. Rescues worth every dime I spend on food and vet bills.

It’s HOT for dogs too. While many – or maybe even most – people let their dogs in the house to stay cool, I usually don’t. But I do spend a considerable amount of time devising ways to make sure they stay cool. Aside from the usual “kiddie” pool -which gets warm pretty fast in the Redding heat – and lots of cold water to drink, my dogs are spoiled by such things as large fans blowing over tubs of ice. Most of the time they lay their heads on the tubs and lick and/or eat the ice. I have even gone so far as to use small corks in one end of their ‘Chuck-It’ balls, fill them with water and freeze them. They love it!

There have been rumors circulated for years on the potential risks to dogs of ice and ice water. It is, for the most part, a myth. Depends on the dog really. Just like humans, every dog is different and subject to different symptoms from different things. If you want to give your dog(s) ice just start slow and see how it goes. If they don’t like ice cubes, they will just give you one of those looks that only dogs can and wander off.

What’s really important to remember is just this: if you have outdoor pets, make sure they have cool water and shade. Don’t leave them in vehicles for any period of time and don’t forget to make sure they get some exercise – possibly in the cool wee hours of the morning when you can’t sleep.

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