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Funtimes in the Summertime!
Ice Cream for Hot Dogs????? What a Blast!
- Did you know it's easy to make Ice cream for your dogs? It really isn't healthy to give dogs sugar on these hot summer days. So when you are having your own frosty treat, take your pre-made "doggie ice cream" out of the freezer for them, too!
- First, the ingredients can be anything, leftover meat, gravy, soup or ground up pieces of cooked meat, then put your ingredients into a blender with two cups of milk or low fat milk. Blend the ingredients on high speed until frothy, then put into a plastic container and freeze.
- Let freeze for 4-6 hours, then put back into the blender and whip. Add "crunchies" like ground up doggie bones, or bacon treats, doggie cookies, or even left-overs from dinner. Store doggie ice cream in the freezer until it is hot outside and you want to pamper your Hot Pooch!
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!
Ducks and Dogs LOVE LOVE LOVE Water!
Water play in summertime cools off the pets!
Water Training for Pets
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
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!
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I would love to get your input on ways to protect our pets in very cold, snowy, or wet weather!
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