Its Like a Heatwave....Some Tips for You and Your Pooch in Hot Weather
I live in PA and it is Hot. Some of our customers who hail from places like Texas, Arizona or near the Equator may scoff at Code Reds and 100 degree heat but we here in PA celebrate all the seasons pretty moderately so when it gets too hot or too cold we get a little salty..probably from the enormous amount of sweat dripping off of us right now or the layers upon layers of the stuff we throw down on the roads when it snows!! Anyway, it seems like common sense but here are a few reminders for you to implement when the thermometer keeps rising..and rising and i think mine may have exploded this morning. My county is in a Code Red. Code Red procedures are put into place when the daytime temperature reaches 95 degrees F by 11am on two consecutive days or temperatures reach 100 degrees F any given day. Extreme heat can pose a challenge to the body's temperature control system. If the body does not cool properly, there is potential for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can take different forms, ranging from general fatigue to muscular cramping to life-threatening heat stroke.
Those especially at risk during extremely hot weather are very young children, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and those taking certain medications...and your PETS!!
In the city, in my case Philadelphia, Code Red means all dogs must have shade to protect them from the sun. If you do not provide your dog shade, you could face a fine of $500 or more. To report a dog left outdoors in very hot weather, call the Animal Care & Control Team (ACCTPhilly) at (267) 385-3800.
Some advice for you to prepare for the Heat courtesy of the Chester County Health Dept.:
I am also providing a link to an article with some tips about helping your dog beat the heat. and remember if you are hot, your dog is hotter. Be aware and hope you have fun despite the heat.
Geartac Systems features a sleeve on it its GeartacK9 that can be used to hold a Nalgene (or similar) water bottle or you can add a Geartrek pouch. Our brand new Gearpak also has not one but two possible water sleeves attached and plenty of room to carry items that make a walk in the heat safer and easy. Check it out!
Our Darby loves her daily walks and doesn't understand anything about Meteorology so Todd waited until after 8 last night to walk her and she was appreciative. It was a short walk but he made sure he had plenty of water and was super aware of how she was doing. Don't give up your walk because it's hot, just be smarter about it.