The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). The constellation is in the stars this year between the end of July and mid-August. During this time please remember to keep all your pets cool and comfortable. Keep cool, fresh water within reach at all times and watch your pets for signs of heat exhaustion. This could include excessive panting, lethargy, loss of hair and unusual sleep patterns. Remember never to leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes, while you run an errand. A closed-up car can get up to temperatures over 45oC and your dog can sustain brain damage or die from heat stroke under 20 minutes.
Make sure you enjoy the dog days of summer in a healthy, happy way. Your pets count on our wisdom to protect them.