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Month: September 2017

Watch Out for your Fur Baby in This Heat – Beware of Dog Heat stroke

Watch Out for your Fur Baby in This Heat – Beware of Dog Heat stroke

If you are hiking, make sure the time of day you choose to hike with your dog is appropriate temperature-wise. Even if you hike regularly hike with your dog and they are used to that type of rigorous exercise, in this hot weather they could succumb to heat exhaustion.   Yes we want our fur babies with us on our hikes, but sometimes it is better and safer to leave your dog at home.

Dogs are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans. Dogs’ only sweat glands are on their feet. If the ground is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Always have plenty of water for both you and your dog. It’s better to bring along a little extra than not enough. You might also want to pack a few doggie treats and search for a shaded area to take your breaks.

Be alert to the signs of heat stress, which, in dogs, includes panting and excessive drooling. If your pet has become overheated you must take the following steps immediately:

  • Move your pet into the shade and apply cool, not cold, water all over its body to gradually lower its body temperature.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels only to your pet’s head, neck and chest.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian; it could save your pet’s life.  Dogs can die of heat stroke.
Star Party This Month

Star Party This Month

The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) holds a monthly Star Party on the third Friday of every alternating month at sunset at the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve at the Hwy 67 Staging area.  The next one will be on  Friday, September 15, 2017   at  7:00 PM

Located at the east end of Poway, this venue offers a pretty dark sky for being only 19 miles, as the crow flies, from downtown San Diego. There are no homes or business directly around the viewing area and the panoramic view of the city below is amazing.

Use the park entrance on Hwy 67, ½ mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway. Continue through the gate and up the dirt road about 1½ miles where the Rangers will direct you where to park. Coordinates from Google Earth for the viewing area are: 32°55’47.76″N, 116°58’10.89″W