Heat stroke and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


By Dr. Adam Ferguson - For The Lima News



Dogs are all furry;

We like them a lot.

But what of this fur,

When the summer gets hot?

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Should it stay? Should it go?

Should your dog get a shave?

When the dog days of summer

Bring a scorching heat wave.

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The pads on his feet

And his nose may be wet;

As these are the only

Locations dogs sweat.

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Controlling his breathing

When it’s warm, he just can’t.

In order to cool himself off

He must pant!

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Make sure he has shade;

Make sure he has water.

No walking on blacktop

When the day’s getting hotter.

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About those long walks:

Maybe not in the noon.

Save them for mornings,

Or under the moon.

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You may want to delay

If your dog wears a muzzle.

As this will impede him

To pant or to guzzle.

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Heat stroke is for real;

It begins out of breath.

It progresses to failure

Of organs … then death.

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Car rides for dogs

Are a joy; are a pleasure.

But should be postponed

At degrees of high measure.

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The windows are up;

The A/C is on.

But what happens if the car

Stalls when you’re gone?

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Leave Fido at home.

In the house; in the air.

And consider removing

His coat made of hair.

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Insulation from cold,

But also from heat.

It’s what the fur does;

It’s really quite neat.

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“Don’t shave his coat,”

The breeder would say.

But you won’t see the breeder

Wearing her coat today.

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A shaved dog is lighter,

More “airy” and cool.

To wear a long coat

In August would be cruel.

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So consider this hint:

A PSA? Or a dare?

Just remember it came

From a vet with no hair!

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By Dr. Adam Ferguson

For The Lima News

Dr. Adam Ferguson is co-owner of Baker Animal Hospital in Cridersville. He has a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Ariel who gets shaved every six to eight weeks from spring through fall. Her coat still grows long and healthy every winter.

Dr. Adam Ferguson is co-owner of Baker Animal Hospital in Cridersville. He has a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Ariel who gets shaved every six to eight weeks from spring through fall. Her coat still grows long and healthy every winter.

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