Memorial Day Holiday Kicks Off Increased Awareness Of Heat Related Pet Illness

June 1, 2011

Photo of Dr Patrick Mahaney and Cardiff Discuss Summertime Canine Coat CareI love Memorial Day weekend, as I grew up on the East coast and this start of summer holiday is the ideal time to reflect on those we’ve lost while imbibing a fresh pitcher of Pimm’s Classic.

As West coast living adult, I don’t quite feel the same sense excitement about summer’s commencement. You see, my day to day life in Los Angeles means I get summery weather nearly year round (but for those five days of rain in January).

As our warm, dry climate makes creates an increased opportunity for heat related health problems in our pets, we southern California dog owners must consistently keep our canine companion’s coat in summer-ready shape. My Welsh Terrier, Cardiff, requires regular coat maintenance, such as brushing, trimming (or stripping), and bathing, which I do as often as necessary to keep him healthy, comfortable, and looking sharp.

For those who live where the hot, summery season is just about to start, please take note of your pet’s regular need for seasonal hair coat maintenance.

Check out my latest starring Cardiff and his new short (-er) haircut.

EXCLUSIVE: How To Groom Your Pet For The Summer

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Jana Rade June 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Definitely something to keep in mind in the summer!

Jasmine’s hyperthermia didn’t have a typical cause but the result was devastating. Ever since I’m extremely paranoid in the slightest increase in her temperature.

I monitor he closely all the time, watching her panting and gum and tongue color; always have a thermometer and cooling aids on hand, always carry around plenty of water.

Jennifer and Leo June 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Thank you for the reminder to think about grooming as the hot summer weather approaches. We appreciate it! We are still flea-free thanks to you, Dr. PM. Nice to see you and Cardiff on video!

Patrick Mahaney June 2, 2011 at 2:23 PM

If I recall correctly, Jasmine’s reaction was a hypersensitivity to Buprenorphine? If so, has she been sensitive to other opoid medications (morphine, torbutrol, even Tramadol)?
I hope that Jasmine stays fresh and cool this summer with your careful observations!

Patrick Mahaney June 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Thank Jennifer and Leo for your comments!
Glad to hear that Leo is still flea free and fab.
Hopefully, we will get Leo back as a guest blogger on Cardiff’s blog soon. We miss his clever kitty prose and pontifications.

Jana Rade June 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Yes, that was the conclusion; also since it happened right after she got the shot of it. The teaching hospital also confirmed they believed that’s what happened.

No, no reaction to anything else. It was really weird, also how quick it happened.

Janice Elenbaas June 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Our Goldendoodles need constant coat care too. We take them for their summer haircuts to help them deal with the heat down here in South Carolina. It sure makes it easier to keep them clean after the beach and swimming in the river!

Cardiff June 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM

Thank you for your comments. Your dogs and the need to care for their coat considering their environment is the perfect example of why we should modify their appearance to best suit their health needs.
Swimming in the river in SC sure sounds like fun on a hot, “dog day of summer”.

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