Pets: Summertime News and Tips

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Remy, a Boxer mix, is a 3-year old, 61-pound, neutered male, with an easy-going, calm and eager-to-please personality. He was brought to the shelter by his previous owner who had to move and has become a favorite of the staff and volunteers for his smiley face, adoring brown eyes and nice behavior: He enjoys being with people, walks well on a leash and sits for treats. Like all shelter pets, he is vaccinated and microchipped. To adopt Remy, visit the North Central Animal Services Center at 3201 Lacy St. For questions, call 213-485-8855.


Tips to Protect Your Dog in the Summer

Avoid the heat.

Take walks and other outings in the early morning or evening. On typical summer days, asphalt is too hot for padded pup feet. Dirt trails can also get too hot. Booties and walking on grass can help, but walking at cooler times of day is better.

Don’t leave your dog alone in the car. On most summer days, the inside of a car can quickly top 120 degrees. If you are going somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs, leave your dog at home where he can be comfortable.

Be water wise.

Always carry water for your dog.

Make sure there is plenty of cool water for your pup to drink both outside and inside the house.

Beat the heat.

Make refreshing pupsicles by freezing a mix of chicken broth and water (1:1) in a tray of ice cubes.

Let your dog frolic in a small wading pool, but always supervise your dog around water, no matter the pool’s size and depth.

Dog cooling vests, cooling scarfs and cool mats all help to keep a dog’s temperature down.

Act fast if needed.

Get your dog out of the heat if he shows signs of heat stroke — heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, glazed eyes, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and/or unconsciousness

Cool him down by placing towels soaked in cool water on his tummy, chest, groin, paw pads and neck. Have him lick ice cubes if he can. Don’t douse him with cold water. A rapid cool down can make the condition worse.

Get him to the vet immediately. Have the number of your vet and a back-up vet on you at all times. Call while you are on your way, if you can do that safely, to make sure the vet is open and ready for you when you arrive.

– Wendy Newell

Wendy Newell, a Boulevard Sentinel contributor, also writes for dogster.com


Photo Album

Yappy Days in NELA

Some 75 pets – dogs, cats and a guinea pig – were adopted at the second annual Glassell Bark! (and Meow) block party and pet rescue event on June 9. 

The event drew over 5,000 pet owners, wanna-be pet owners and other animal lovers to Verdugo Rd. near the Glassell Park Rec Center. In addition to the adoptions, 200 pets were microchipped for free and 75 vouchers were handed out for low-cost spaying, neutering and vaccinations – all amid a festival of games, giveaways, contests and music. The next Bark! will be in Eagle Rock on Sunday, October 28th.

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