Beat the Heat with Precise

It’s officially summer. As you and your pets spend more time outside, it’s important to enjoy the sunny weather with proper safety measures in place. Here at Precise, we want to share ways to help your pet beat the heat and stay cool and happy as the temperatures continue to rise.

#1. Is the Pavement Too Hot?

You wouldn’t walk barefoot across your driveway in the summer and expect not to get burned, so don’t forget the hot asphalt can be painful for your pet’s feet too! Check if the pavement is safe for your pet by firmly pressing the back of your hand to the asphalt for seven seconds. If you experience discomfort, you shouldn’t’t walk your pet on that surface without paw protection. The pads of your pet’s feet can only withstand temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit before skin destruction occurs, so try walking your pet in the morning and evening to avoid the higher temperatures. Also, be sure to keep an eye on outdoor cats or dogs and provide them a shady place to rest during the hottest parts of the day.

#2. Dont Leave Pets in the Car

Never leave your pet unattended in the car, even if it’s a cloudy day and you don’t think it’s that hot. On a warm day, the inside temperature of a car can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. Even with the window cracked, the temperature inside a car is much higher than the outside temperature, and pets can quickly suffer brain damage or experience heat stroke. If you’re out on an errand, leave your pet at home if you can’t take them into the store with you to ensure their safety.

#3. Freeze Dog and Cat Toys

Putting your pet’s favorite toy in the freezer and bringing it outside for them is a neat way of making sure they enjoy the sunshine while also keeping cool. You can stick your pet’s toy right in the freezer or sit it in a bowl of water and create a frozen “ice sculpture” for your pet to work on melting to get to their toy. If freezing their toys doesn’t suit you, pets always enjoy having lots of ice in their outdoor water bowl. The ice can be fun for them to play with and it ensures their drinking water is a suitable temperature.

#4. Brush out Those Coats

It’s important to brush out your pet’s excess fur as they transition to their summer coat. Brushing prevents painful matting that can trap heat and moisture against the skin. By brushing your pet regularly, especially dogs with double-coats, you can help them remove their dense undercoat and create proper air circulation better-suited to the summer heat. Resist the urge to sheer off your pet’s fur if they have double coats like mastiffs and terrier types. Your pet will find itself lacking sun protection and insulation if you shave it. Insulation fur grows at a different rate than longer guard hair on the outside and it may take a long time for your pet to regain their natural appearance.

#5. Provide Water and Bedding Options

Let your pets choose how they want to lower their body temperature by offering ways for them to play in water or relax on bedding. Dogs may enjoy splashing in wading pools or jumping through sprinklers as they play in the yard, but cats will likely steer clear of those options. However, both animals can enjoy resting in the shade or laying on cooling gel pet beds or elevated cots to keep them off of the ground.

As you and your pet enjoy the summer sun, we hope you’ll keep in mind these options for ensuring your pet stays safe and comfortable this season. The more options your pet has to keep cool, the happier they’ll be in the summer heat!

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5 DIY Summer Treats for Your Pets

Summer—the time of year to head outside, go on adventures and soak up the sun. Just as you love enjoying the weather during this time of year, your animals do too! After spending a long day outside with mom, there’s nothing more rewarding for your pets than a cool, refreshing treat. This week, the Precise team has put together five DIY summer treat recipes that are simple to make and will leave your animals begging for more:

#1. PB + Jam Freezies via Pawsh Magazine

If there’s one thing all dogs love, it’s peanut butter—combining a frozen treat with peanut butter? You’ve hit doggie gold. Here’s what you’ll need to create this unique treat: 12 medium/large strawberries, 3-4 spoonfuls of organic peanut butter, ¼ cup of cold water, and an ice cube tray. Step one: wash the strawberries and remove the tops. Step two: once the strawberries are prepped, blend them with the water until fully pureed. Step three: pour the mixture into the ice cube tray about ¾ and top with dollops of peanut butter to fill the remainder of the slot. Step four: pop into the freezer for a couple hours until frozen…and voila! Ready to enjoy.

#2. Frozen Yogurt Treats via The Bark

Yogurt is one of those “go-to” ingredients that can be spruced up to create some pretty tasty treats. That being said, this DIY treat calls for four simple pantry ingredients: 4 cups of plain yogurt, ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 ripe, mashed banana. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds, then place all four ingredients into the blender until smooth. Once smooth, pour the mixture into a popsicle tray, freeze until firm and serve to your animals!

#3. Doggie Breath Freshener Treats via The Nerdy Farm Wife

It’s no secret that animals can have some pretty stinky breath, especially after running around in the heat all day. To help combat the bad breath, head to your garden and grab a large pinch of mint leaves and fresh parsley. Combine the parsley and mint leaves in a food processor along with a 6 oz. container of plain yogurt. Divide the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Not only will this treat leave your pups lickin’ their lips but you’ll also love the fresh smell left behind!

#4. Frozen Tuna Treats via Wonder Forest

Mention the word tuna and your cats will be running towards their bowls. For this recipe, you’ll need: a can of tuna, ½ cup of water, a mixing bowl, plastic bag, and an ice cube tray (noticing a trend?). To begin, mash the undrained tuna in a mixing bowl and add the water. Next, fill the plastic bag with the mixture and cut a small hole in one end. Finally, fill the ice trays and freeze. After a few hours, pull the treat out of the freezer and watch your cats chow down!

#5. Doggie S’mores via Sugar & Soul

Nothing says summer more than making s’mores around the campfire. This year, let your dog be participate in the fun, too! This simple DIY treat includes three ingredients: dog biscuits, carob chips, and fluff. First, place the carob into the microwave for 30 second intervals until completely smooth. Following the carob, warm up the fluff for ~20 seconds in the microwave. Dip your dog biscuits into the carob first and then the fluff. Once all of the treats are dipped, set them on wax paper until the carob is hardened and you’re done! Break out these treats during your next campfire and let your pups dig in! Reminder—chocolate is toxic for animals and should never be given as a treat.

With the summer heat here to stay, these DIY treats are sure to keep your animals cool and their tummies happy. For more simple and sweet DIY summer treats, visit here.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there. As the temperature rises, so does the amount of potential dangers for our pets — sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke, yikes! So the Precise team has compiled six tips for keeping it cool in the summer heat and humidity. Let’s get the sprinklers going:

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Add some ice, ice, baby

In addition to always making sure your pet is staying hydrated, add in a few ice cubes to their water bowl to help cool them down. Another option is to make your pet a yummy iced popsicle to treat and cool them. Might we recommend making catsicles out of your Precise Naturals canned food?

Hang inside between 10 and 2

The midday sun shines the brightest and burns the hottest. To prevent dehydration and possible heatstroke, keep your pet out of the sun during this hottest time of the day. Bring your pet indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Play with your kitten or walk your puppy in the morning or evening in order to keep their core temperatures down while exuding strenuous activity.

Walk on grass, not asphalt

A dog’s paw pads are both adorable and sensitive. When the temperature is high, the hot asphalt can quickly become too hot and burn your pup’s paws. Have your dog walk on the grass and not the cement to prevent any damage.

Keep it breezy in the shade

If your pet has to be in the sun and hot weather, provide lots of shade for them to relax in. Trees and tarps are the best providers of shade because they allow for a breeze to blow through. Doghouses are actually not good options for pets to escape the sun because they don’t allow wind circulation to filter through, retaining the warmth.

Prevent your pet from feelin’ the burn

Dogs and cats can get sunburned too. However, human sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, like the white lotion lifeguards slather on themselves, are toxic to dogs.  Sunscreens with salicylates are also dangerous for cats. Instead of sunscreen, put your pet in a hat or rash guard with UPF protection built in.

Never leave your pet in the locked car

This is one of the biggest precautions to take in order to prevent your pet from overheating this summer. When it is 80 degrees outside, it can reach 99 degrees in a locked car within 10 minutes. Leaving a pet in a car in the heat can cause heat stroke, irreparable organ damage, and even death. In some states, it is actually illegal.

The dog days of summer are upon us. If you follow the advice of these six tips, you and your furry friend can have fun and stay safe in the summer heat!

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Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer Heat

It is the middle of July and we all know what that means – hot temps and a blazing sun! With the recent heat wave driving indexes into the danger zone, we want to remind everyone to keep your pets cool.

Dogs and cats can easily get over-heated on walks, when left outside and especially in cars or other confined areas that lack air conditioning. We are all saddened by stories like this, which can be avoided when taking the right precautions.

Here are some reminders to ensure your pet will be cool and comfortable this summer.

  • Give them fresh water constantly. Pets can get dehydrated very quickly.
  • Don’t even think about leaving your pet in the car! Studies show the inside temperature of a car increase dramatically in the summer heat. If the temperature is 100°F outside, the inside of a car can be as high as 120°F. Leaving a cracked window doesn’t help either. Do your pet a favor, and leave him at home where he’s comfortable.
  • Dog owners, when your pup needs some exercise, take him for a walk early in the morning or in the evening when it is cool for the both of you. Avoid walking on blacktops. Not only can they cause third degree burns (see photo below), it gives off petroleum toxins that leak into the bloodstream through their pads and can cause them to be systematically poisoned.
  • Remember that pets with thick and dark coats are more susceptible to being overheated than pets with thin and light coats.
  • Know the signs of dehydration and call your vet immediately if you are concerned about your pet’s well being:
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dry mouth
    • Sunken eyes
    • Exhaustion

Please keep these tips in mind for your furry ones as the summer heat persists.

Do you have other ways of keeping your pet cool and comfortable in the summer? Comment on this post to suggest more tips you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners! If you would like to do more research about keeping pets cool in the hot weather, visit ASPCA.

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