In the first part of our two part series, we discussed signs of heat exhaustion in animals. Mainly the warning signs of an animal in trouble. Now, we'd like to touch on what you can do to keep your pets and other animals cool. 1. Plan for the day. If you want to take your dog on a hike. Pack the proper supplies to protect yourself and them. Items to include - all natural bug spray, cups/bowls for water, water in a reusable canteen, and maybe even an umbrella to block out the sun. 2. Take breaks on walks. Don't walk too far. Walk less miles than you might on a cool day. The heat can make you and/or your pet tired faster. 3. Find a tree to enjoy some shade. 4. Place ice packs or use a cooling vest on your pet. 5. They also make cooling towels that are safe to use. 6. Stay in areas with trees , grass, and shade. 7. (In extreme cases) get back inside. This is an excerpt from part 1: "Don't forget about little critters, like hamsters, lizards, and mice. These animals can suffer from extreme temperatures too. It's important to make sure tanks, cages, and housing are NOT set in a direct sun, fans, or heaters. Check to make sure these pets have fresh water and a place to hide if needed. A nice tip is to add a thermometer. This will allow you to check tempatures of housing through the day. Sometimes their space can hold heat or cold at a different temperature than your house. This goes for fish and small mammals housing also. " For more lessons and tips on how to keep your pets healthy and happy make sure you check back soon for new posts and online courses. And don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter at email@example.com.
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