Pets rely on owners’ common sense |

Pets rely on owners’ common sense

The dog days of summer have co-mingled with cats this year.

Between the oppressive heat and the surge in kitten population, summer in Garfield County has been a strenuous one for man’s best friend and furry felines alike.

Experts are warning pet owners to pay extra attention to weather conditions. They also suggest family planning.

Dogs can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion just like their owners can. Although the past few days have offered some relief with partly cloudy skies and intermittent rain showers, the summer has been a scorcher. Dog owners who take their dogs to work are urged to use caution, especially if the pet is accustomed to riding in the back of a truck.

The animal needs plenty of water, shade and ventilation. If a pet is kept in a truck during the day, the vehicle should be parked in the shade, whether it’s under a tree, in a carport or in an open garage. A dog can die within minutes if over-exposed to heat.

In addition to keeping a close eye on pets outdoors, the staff at Colorado Animal Rescue, Inc. (CARE) has other good advice. While they acknowledge the decision to spay or neuter a dog or cat is one that the pet owner and veterinarian should make, they recommend the procedure.

Through a grant from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, CARE provides a $25 payment to the veterinarian who performs the services. Although veterinarian offices operate differently, this is typically deducted from the fee charged to the owners.

Residents can save $25 on this service by simply contacting CARE.

All dogs and cats at Colorado Animal Rescue’s shelter in Spring Valley are spayed or neutered. Currently, the shelter has nearly 100 cats and kittens and at least a dozen dogs in need of good homes.

Two-legged creatures have the ability to make the dog days of summer more tolerable for their four-legged friends.

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