Dogs may be “man’s best friend,” but parrots, cats, lizards and horses also form connections to human beings. Not only can having a pet cheer you up and reduce your stress levels, but your pet could save your life. These pets may be able to detect diabetic crises, seizures, migraines and Parkinson’s “freezing,” helping owners get timely — and often critical — help.
Dogs can actually be taught to detect cancer. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly skin cancer, accounting for 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. Diagnosis relies mostly on the way the skin looks — even though many melanomas are invisible to the naked eye. But cancer causes the body to release chemicals into our urine, sweat and even breath that smells different than normal. My most recent Huffington Post article gives even more cool details about how pets can avert human health crises.
Of course, it’s up to the human part of the equation to keep our pets happy and healthy. At my house, PLAYTIME offers great brain candy and mental health breaks for both the furry and two-legged family members. But this $%$%^&^&! hot weather makes that a challenge.
What games does your puppy play during hot weather? Do you know how to give your pet first aid for heat stroke? When the temperature climbs near to 100 degrees, pets have trouble staying cool. But they don’t know any better and can over-exercise and risk death—yet they need healthy exercise. What’s a pet parent to do?
I’ve come up with some options for the Magical-Dawg. I’ve shared a few of them in this article about safe hot weather games for dogs. Of course, the Seren-kitty (aka “coyote bait”) doesn’t go outside even in comfortable weather. I found a fun YouTube video that offers suggestions for cat-dog games and couldn’t resist sharing.
What creative games do your fur-kids play? Do the dogs and cats get along? Seren’s fav game of all is getting Magic in trouble. Please share your furry foibles!
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