The Cutest Animals On the Planet, Changing Environment Requires Extra Care

Funtimes in the Summertime!

Riley Boo  Posing for mommy
Riley Boo Posing for mommy
Clock watching,  is it time yet, is it time yet?
Clock watching, is it time yet, is it time yet?
You're in my seat!  Gotta move over!
You're in my seat! Gotta move over!
Smile!!!
Smile!!!

Pets Have Year 'Round Needs!

Before you know it the summer will be over and we will be looking for tips on adapting our pets for cooler weather and things to do to prepare for winter. Come back for a visit soon to read about recipes for doggies treats to bake in the oven as the evenings get cooler. Also, ways to deal with having your pets in the house more as weather gets cold.

For now, remember this last important tip - if the pavement or sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, or very hot on your hands, it is too hot for a dogs' foot pads. Walk your dogs early in the morning and in the evenings after the sun has stopped beating down. Even when it cools off, follow up your walk with a good-sized bowl of water. I like to occasionally offer ice cold low fat milk as an inexpensive treat on hot days, serving canned dogs food that has been kept in the refrigerator can also be refreshing!


Daisey the duck, she has been running with the dogs almost since she hatched in our backyard!  When they bark, she quacks...
Daisey the duck, she has been running with the dogs almost since she hatched in our backyard! When they bark, she quacks...

Ducks and Dogs LOVE LOVE LOVE Water!

  I took a far shot because they are so perfect they don't look real close up!  But believe me they are real, and so is their delightful baby quacking sounds!
I took a far shot because they are so perfect they don't look real close up! But believe me they are real, and so is their delightful baby quacking sounds!
  Let the splashing an dipping begin!  Cayuga ducklings are born with all black beaks & feet, as they mature their coloring intensifies.
Let the splashing an dipping begin! Cayuga ducklings are born with all black beaks & feet, as they mature their coloring intensifies.
  It doesn't take alot of training to get baby ducklings into the water!
It doesn't take a lot of training to get baby ducklings into the water!

Water play in summertime cools off the pets!

Sophia has a "Glow in the dark" ball to play catch at  night!
Sophia has a "Glow in the dark" ball to play catch at night!
Sometimes the dogs seem to jump into the pool just to jump in, this time the ball landed on the outside of the pool!
Sometimes the dogs seem to jump into the pool just to jump in, this time the ball landed on the outside of the pool!
Upper right corner, we have umbrellas available if needed.
Upper right corner, we have umbrellas available if needed.
Cleo retrieving a dog toy from her pool.
Cleo retrieving a dog toy from her pool.

Our pets need extra care in the Hot Summer!

Our family cares for five dogs, many rabbits, wild birds, tropical fish, a duck and every little "lost soul" the neighborhood kids find....because of this, we have learned some unique ways to make small animals,...and some larger animals, comfortable in the heat of summer.

Here are some of the tricks we use...

Water is important, but water gets hot in hot weather too! To keep your pets refreshed, re-use your recyclable 2-litre plastic bottles before you send them off to the recycle centers. Put tap water two-thirds full into bottles and cap tighty. (Do not overfill bottles or they will crack in the freezer) Stick bottles into the fridge overnight, before leaving for work or school,etc., set a bottle into your pets, cage, water bowl or dog house. The pet will be cooled, for example in a rabbit hutch...rabbits will actually huddle next to the bottle during the hot part of the day. Dogs will lick and chew on the bottle, doggie popsicle-style, and if you use the smaller bottles, they fit into a water dish to keep water cold.

Also, freeze a tasty treat in disposable containers, rectangle or square containers are best, the frozen treats pop out more easily. Dogs especially love to chomp on the frozen meal on a hot day. Using these containers can provide Giant ice cubes for watering troughs and large water bowls also.

If you do not have natural shade in your back yard yet, put up a beach umbrella, use a metal umbrella stand to prevent the wind from blowing it over. If you want to make an inexpensive umbrella stand, use any type of deep container, 5-gallon paint bucket, pot from the greenhouse, large crate or wooden box, just about anything that size, fill it with Quikcrete concrete, but put a 2 foot length of 2" PVC pipe or anything like it to create a hole to stick your umbrella pole into, PVC comes in all sizes so make it a tight enough fit.

ONE THING YOU MUST REMEMBER IS THAT THE "SUN MOVES DURING THE DAY" AND SHADE WILL BE NEEDED ALL DAY, SO WHERE THE SUN IS SHINING IN THE MORNING IS DIFFERENT THAN WHERE IT WILL BE AT NOON AND AT THREE PM. Your dog or other caged animals will need covering from the hot sun all day. Use your day off to check where to best locate your umbrella for protection at all times of the day by checking how the sun moves through your yard.

Never change a dog or cats' brand of food outright, you need to mix the new brand 1/3 to 2/3 then half and half with the old brand to wean them off, for about a week to help your pet adjust to its' new diet, this prevents diarrhea, which can cause dehydration and even death in the hot summer.

Walk dogs every day. In the summer, however, change walking times to the cool of evening or early mornings, it's just as unhealthy for people to walk in the heat, but moving your walk times to cooler times of the day can encourage more regular walking. The stress relief provided to dogs through walking greatly helps their behavior, especially during the hot months. Remember to avoid hot sidewalks and pavement when you walk your dogs, their foot pads will burn, crack, sometimes even bleed, if exposed to summer hot surfaces.



Pets Keeping Cool in the Hot Summer

What we are seeing here is raw competition for the ball, as in many sports, these players sometimes end up in heated play reviews!
What we are seeing here is raw competition for the ball, as in many sports, these players sometimes end up in heated play reviews! | Source
Chloe is always happy, but takes great pride in her walking form.  She has the personality wanting to please her master yet more agressive than the others toward smaller animals.
Chloe is always happy, but takes great pride in her walking form. She has the personality wanting to please her master yet more aggressive than the others toward smaller animals.
Cleo will beg for a game of retrieval no matter what the weather,  I will agree to play in the rain but not in the heat of a summer day.
Cleo will beg for a game of retrieval no matter what the weather, I will agree to play in the rain but not in the heat of a summer day.
Lily Wu, prefers not to get her feet wet, but she enjoyed crushed ice in her drinking water.
Lily Wu, prefers not to get her feet wet, but she enjoyed crushed ice in her drinking water.
Gracie Lu is less fussy about getting wet, but she is just as happy to quickly get her "business" done and get back into the air conditioned house.
Gracie Lu is less fussy about getting wet, but she is just as happy to quickly get her "business" done and get back into the air conditioned house.

Inexpensive solutions to water & feed pets

Train Your Dogs to refresh themselves when you are not home!

One of my favorites: put a hard plastic kiddie pool in your dogs' space, it is so easy to dump out when the water looks muddy, and it refills quickly. Throw balls or dog toys into the pool so your dogs can retrieve them, which soon becomes a game your pets will play when you are not home! A great cool off trick, and so easy to keep clean!

  • Wash and dry an old blanket with fabric softener and put it into your pets' doghouse, the fabric softener will clean and soften your pets' fur, if your pet has white fur it even whitens their fur!
  • Stick peanut butter or soft , canned, dog food into your dogs' toys, stick it into a baggie and freeze. They will keep quiet during the hot hours of the day trying to lick the cool treat out of their toys, this can also work with their favorite bones.

Remember, peanuts and chocolate are toxic to your dogs' liver, so easy on the peanut butter.

  • Never change a dog or cats' brand of food outright, you need to mix the new brand 1-3 to 2-3 parts, then half and half with the old brand, to wean them off. Do this for about a week, to help your pet adjust to the new diet. This prevents diarrhea, which can cause dehydration, and even death, during the hot season.
  • Walk dogs every day, in the summer, however, change walking times to the cool of evening or early mornings, it's just as unhealthy for people to walk in the heat, but moving your walk times to cooler times of the day can encourage more regular walks. The stress relief provided to dogs through walking or pool play greatly helps improve their behavior, especially during the hot months.
  • Train your pups to enjoy their kiddie pool by playing catch or fetch while throwing their balls into a kiddie pool to create fun, excitement and refreshment when they jump into the pool over and over to retrieve their balls, or a stick or other toy. Before you know it, your animals will play in their kiddie pools during the heat of the day even when you are not home!

PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR IDEAS AND QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

I would love to get your input on ways to protect our pets in very cold, snowy, or wet weather!

To Avoid drowning, water for pets needs to be offered in containers that are safe and appropriate for their size and age.

Swimming pools for dogs, ducks etc, need to be hosed and refilled at least every other day, remember they play and drink in their water, and the hot sun makes it too warm on really hot summer days.
Swimming pools for dogs, ducks etc, need to be hosed and refilled at least every other day, remember they play and drink in their water, and the hot sun makes it too warm on really hot summer days.
Babies like these teeny day old California Quail need room temperature water but keep it shallow or you will find they drown in water over 1/3 inch deep.
Babies like these teeny day old California Quail need room temperature water but keep it shallow or you will find they drown in water over 1/3 inch deep. | Source

Summer Myths about Pets

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Deborah-Lynn 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thanks for your input Heather, thinking of doing another Hub on pets in Cold Weather too!


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Deborah-Lynn. Hi. What a fabulous hub with such great information and wonderful ideas.

I especially like the frozen treats idea and the pool.

The photographs are absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for sharing it with us .I loved it. :) :)


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Hi presetio30 thanks for your kind words, I appreciate that you took time to read my Hub, I will keep up to date with your work too! Thank you.


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you for the note on my Hub netadept, I tried to take off some of the italics. Is it better?


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for share with us your experience and your great tips. nice picture also.


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thanks HeatherH, I am happy you like the ideas in this Hub, I bet your pooch will like them even more, let me know how your puppy posicles work?


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HEATHERH91 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hi

I love the doggy popsicle tip. I always worry about my dogs in the heat. I provide them with access to a pen in my garage and shade but I still know how hot it is during the day. They do get to sleep in the house at night but I'm going to offer them a popsicle treat to help during the day. Besides I love having another way to reuse (I love to recycle and reuse). Thanks for the ideas.

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