The Dog Days of Summer
July and August are considered the Dog Days of Summer. They are the hottest days of the year in the northern hemisphere, and coincidentally it also the time period when Sirius, aka the Dog Star, is closest to the sun. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and the Romans thought that its proximity and brightness caused the hotter days, thus the Dog Days of Summer.
In addition many state that the heat and humidity during this time is weather that is Not Fit For a Dog and in the right circumstances they are correct.
Remember the safety of all your pets, for in San Diego County this is indeed the time that is Not Fit For a Dog or most animals. Pets do not sweat, the natural human air conditioning system, so the environment affects them drastically compared to people in extreme heat and humidity. As pet owners there are many ways to help protect your loved ones. First and foremost, when it is extremely hot, keep animals inside, preferably in an air conditioned area. If that is not possible, be sure to provide them with plenty of water and a safe shady spot that they can relax in. Just as you would not leave your baby in a parked car, do not leave your pets unattended. Even during our cooler months the temperature of a sitting car can sky rocket to dangerous levels and hot weather only exacerbates the situation. Death can happen within minutes, not hours. If you have to travel with your pets, make sure you bring water and provide a way for them drink it. If you are traveling without your pets, make arrangements for the care and comfort of your loved ones that you leave behind. Whether you have someone check in on them or board them while you are gone, you can rest assure that your pets should be in good health. Simply putting out water and food for them, especially for extended periods of time, could result in a disastrous result for your loved one. We, as humans, enjoy parties and BBQs during this season but too much or the wrong food can be injurious for your pet. Enough of the bad stuff, take the proper precautions and enjoy the Dog Days of Summer.
Our goal is to treat you and your loved one as family while providing the best possible humane care.