Jomasu Store Mexican Native Bookshop Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Easy Ways to Manage Your Inner Critic Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:25:32 +0000 Being self-aware is great and everything, but not when the voice in the back of your head is spouting irrational thoughts like, You sounded so dumb in that meeting, or Wow, you just won the award for Worst Mom of the Year. Here, five ways to ignore your inner critic (or at least tell it to STFU).


Yep, venting helps. Or at least talking through a situation or experience like that awkward comment—according to your inner critic—you said to your boss. When you verbalize the moment that’s left your mind reeling to a friend or confidante, it helps clear your head and rationalize it so you’re that much closer to moving on.


“That comment? It’s no big deal. You’re the only one remembering it.” If that’s what you’d likely tell a pal, it’s what you should tell yourself, too. Taking a step back can help you think about the situation you’re obsessing over with a bit more kindness and acceptance, which makes it easier to process and resolve.


Your inner critic has a knack for making something that happened seem a lot worse than it actually was. Manage this by thinking through what actually went down: So, you recapped the office happy hour with a little too much detail to your boss. All you did was tell her that Sally had a tiiiny bit too much wine. (No surprise there, and five of your coworkers probably told her the same thing.)


OK, your inner critic—as irrational as it can be—may have helped you discover a teeny tiny flaw that you’d like to address. (Perhaps a good policy going forward is “what happens at the office happy hour stays at the office happy hour” or something along those lines.) But keep in mind: It’s not that you’re allowing the mean-spirited voice in your head to win, it’s more that you’re tuning in to the part of what that voice is saying that’s bothering you—and how you can fix it in the future.


Seriously, five to ten minutes is all the attention your inner critic deserves. Practice the methods above during that time, then distract yourself with an unrelated task. For example, cleaning your kitchen or getting lost in a new (or old but beloved) Netflix show.

The 4 Best High-Interest Savings Accounts for Stashing Your Hard-Earned Cash Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:19:38 +0000 Slow clap. You’ve actually managed to sock away some serious moolah for your emergency savings/trip to Paris. (Either/or.) But whatever your long-term goal may be, keep in mind: Your everyday bank might actually not be the best place to store your funds. Here, four of the best high-interest savings banks, according to your needs.


Yep, this online-only bank (we repeat, there are no brick-and-mortar locations) makes up for its lack of physical branches by offering a 1.15 percent annual percentage yield (APY). So say you have $10,000 in savings; you’ll earn approximately $115 on that amount over the course of 365 days. There’s also no monthly fee or minimum balance required and you have access to 24/7 chat support.


Not only does this online offshoot of Capital One offer a decent APY (0.75 percent), it also gives you the option to walk into a physical branch—at least in some states. There’s of course phone and online support, too, but it’s nice to know that you can talk to a teller or hit up an ATM if you need to. Another feature we love: the option to open up to 25 different sub-accounts under the same high-interest plan—super useful if you’re trying to earmark funds for different goals. (There are no monthly fees or minimum balance required.)


The APY is stellar (1.15 percent), but combine that with the fact that there’s no monthly fee or minimum balance requirement, and this no-frills bank is a top pick to trust with your cash.


Not only is the interest rate high (the APY is 1.15 percent), this online bank incentivizes savings by offering discounts on car rentals, hotels, spas—just for setting aside more cash. (Note: A balance of $10,000 or more is required to access perks.)

8 Tips for Setting Boundaries with (Meddlesome) Grandparents Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:15:49 +0000 In an ideal world, children, parents and grandparents would all get along in perfect harmony. In reality, balancing everyone’s different needs and expectations can be seriously difficult. Here’s how to draw the line with grandma and grandpa so that everybody’s happy. Because they may be the grandparent, but you’re the parent.

Be clear about the rules
If there are routines and practices that are important to you (like sticking to the sleep schedule or finishing dinner before dessert), then be upfront about these as soon as possible. (You’ll only grow more resentful if grandpa continues to forget afternoon naps week after week.) Be nice and polite, but make sure that you’re also firm and direct about the rules—and explain why they’re non-negotiable.

But don’t sweat the small stuff
Be prepared to let a few minor things go. Nana treating your kid to an ice cream before dinner is obviously not ideal, but the occasional treat won’t mess with your child’s eating habits that much. It’s all about picking your battles.

Join forces with your partner
Stick together and present a united front when dealing with tricky grandparenting issues to avoid either one of you looking like the bad guy. Hopefully you and your S.O. will be on the same page anyway, but if you aren’t, then discuss things beforehand to reach a compromise and then talk to the grandparents.

Be appreciative
Repeat after us: Free childcare.

Give something in return
The key to any successful relationship is compromise. If grandparents have agreed to live by your rules when it comes to bedtime, then it’s not unreasonable to give them something in return (like some extra TV time on the nights that they watch the kids).

Talk away from the kids
It’s normal to disagree with your parents or in-laws, but make sure to address any issues when children are out of earshot.

Delegate tasks for big events
When it comes to birthdays, holidays or celebrations, avoid hurt feelings by asking parents and in-laws to help out with specific tasks. That way, you can focus on what’s important to you (like buying your baby’s first birthday cake or christening dress) while keeping grandparents involved.

Discuss gifts
Grandparents love to spoil their grandkids, but if yours are constantly giving lavish presents you’d rather not receive, try making your requests known. (“Since we’re short on space, we’re focusing on experiential gifts this year.”) They might not listen, but it can’t to ask.

5 (Easy, Fun) Tips To Prevent Summer Slide Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:09:15 +0000

The days are getting longer. And with the absence of school comes freedom from our humdrum routines. Most of us greet the summer months with a mixture of relief (Ahh, no more lunches to pack at 6 a.m.) and anxiety (Will my daughter’s brain turn to mush?).

We’ve all heard about the proverbial “summer brain drain,” kids losing months of learning over the summer months only to find themselves behind in September. Not to despair. There are some simple, and fun, ways to add real learning value to your summer vacation routines.

1. Put some spice, and predictability, into summer reading

Take the anxiety out of summer reading requirements by making a schedule and rewarding your child for meeting summer reading milestones. Last summer, a friend and her little ones fashioned a construction paper “beanstalk” on the wall of their kitchen. For every book read, a colorful leaf was added to the growing vine. By the time school started, Jack and the Beanstalk had nothing on these guys. And if you’re looking for some great additions to your school’s list, use Homer’s Summer Reading Challenge and create your own reading vine.

2. Make math games part of family fun

One of my kids’ favorite math games, “I’ve got a number,” is a great way to give your kids a math workout on a long road trip. Come up with a number between one and 100. Take a mini white board and write down math clues to help your kids guess the number. For example: I’ve got a number. It’s divisible by five but not by two. It’s also known as a “quarter.” It’s one-fourth of 100. See how long it takes your kids to guess “25.”

3. Scrabble is a great vocabulary builder

Our family loves team Scrabble. When our girls were really little, they played on a team with the grown-ups, but now that they’re a little older, they’ve formed a team of three to take us on. There’s nothing more fun than scoring 14 points with that pesky Q, except maybe watching your 7-year-old make the word “zebra” for 16.

4. Encourage your child to keep a summer scrapbook

Keeping a scrapbook of summer fun, even if that fun takes place in the backyard, encourages your child to develop storytelling skills, writing skills and to explore their own creativity. Target and Michael’s are great resources for scrapbooking supplies, and Scribble Press has a great publishing tool if you want to save those memories for posterity.

5. Don’t forget free time in the great outdoors

No matter how important it is to keep some structured learning going on over the summer, it’s equally important to give your children time to explore the world independently with no agenda. Plan a campout in the backyard and spend the night stargazing. Who knows? Maybe learning the names of the constellations will spark an interest in the Greek myths, or even space travel.

What’s That? Deciphering Your Cat’s Language Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:58:25 +0000 Do you know what you cat is saying? Cats can be mysterious, but we think this can help break their code.

Cats are famously elusive creatures. Affectionate one minute and aloof the next, they have a reputation for being less transparent and harder to read than dogs. Many humans struggle to communicate with their cats, even when they have been living together for many years. Others find them indifferent and uninterested. The reality is that communicating with cats usually does not come intuitively to humans. Here is how to decipher your cat’s language so you can better bond with her.

Displaying tummy

When a cat rolls over on its belly, that means you’ve won its trust. This posture puts the cat in a very vulnerable position as its sensitive belly is exposed and it cannot run away as easily. It is likely your cat feels safe in your presence, but for many cats it can be a betrayal of that trust if you rub them on the belly and will result in a nip and scratch. Some cats enjoy a belly rub, but for many this posture is simply about signaling that they feel comfortable, so keep your hands to yourself.


You can tell a lot about a cat from how quickly it is blinking. If your cat is blinking slowly and languidly, that is often a sign she trusts you enough to let her guard down around you. That is because when cats don’t trust someone, they never let them out of their sight. To return the affection, blink back at your cat in a slow, unhurried manner. This will communicate to her that you acknowledge her presence and are not going to harm her.

Tail placement

A cat’s tail indicates its emotional state. When it is relaxed and held in an upright position, that means the cat is feeling friendly. On the other hand, a rigid tail indicates tension and caution, while one that is held low indicates fear. If you see your cat’s tail puffed up with its fur standing on end, that means she’s angry or afraid and is tying to look larger and more dominant. A cat whose tail is jerking back and forth is annoyed. Finally, a cat whose tail is lazily draped around her is feeling affectionate or relaxed.

Direct stare

Avoid looking your cat directly in the eye, as this is how cats threaten others. It could be for this reason that cats tend to be drawn to people who ignore them, rather than those who pursue them. When a cat is frightened, its pupils grow bigger. This is to allow the cat to absorb as much information as possible. When the cat is angry or aroused, its pupils narrow in order to enable it to zoom in on tiny details. Do note, however, that since cats’ pupils also change size according to the light, you should pay attention to its body language when trying to figure out how it is feeling.


Mewing isn’t the only sounds cats make. Mother cats are often heard making a chirping noise when they are with their kittens. This is their way of getting the attention of their kittens and communicating with them. Occasionally, you might hear your own cat using this sound on you when trying to get you to top up her feeding bowl.


If you have ever heard your cat make a chattering noise that sounds like a string of staccato sounds, she was probably watching prey like birds, but was unable to get to them due to being stuck indoors. There are various theories as to why cats make this sound. Some scientists think they do it out of frustration, while others think it is to attract their prey by imitating their calls.


If you hear a cat hissing, spitting or growling, stay away, as that indicates it is frightened or angry and might react in an aggressive manner if you get too close.


The mysterious purring sound cats make can be confusing. While purring is usually associated with happiness and comfort, some cats also purr when they are hurt, hungry or tense. To be sure of how your cat is really feeling, observe her body language. If your cat seems relaxed and happy, you can probably take her purring to mean she’s please to be around you.

While cats are often portrayed as inscrutable creatures, it is really not so difficult to guess how your cat is feeling if you know how to read her behavioural cues.

How to Build a Cat Tree and Scratching Post Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:54:34 +0000 Building your own unique cat tree can help save your furniture and provide your cat with some great vantage points. These structures are quite expensive to buy, but easy to make with a few basic tools.

There are many wonderful cat tree designs available and there really are no limits if you use your imagination. They can be made incredibly cheaply using reclaimed furniture, recycled items or wood off-cuts. You an even use a tree branch if you like the natural look.

Your cat, particularly if he is entirely indoors needs somewhere to scratch and climb so he can express his normal behaviours. Cat trees are a wonderful way of providing a nice high perch, and if you make your own, not only will you save money, but you will be able to make one that fits into your decor and floor-space.

The first step is to get a basic idea of what you want and what you have the tools and capabilities to build. Visit this site for some great basic instructions using basic tools, you can then adapt this plan to your own design.


Cat trees can be made from natural tree branches, thick wood posts, PVC pipes and thick cardboard tubes (such as found in the centre of carpet rolls or paper rolls. The basic components are a thick and sturdy base, with a post of some kind made of natural wood, or wood/carcboard covered in carpet off-cuts or sissal rope. You can either drill the post in place, or use brackets if the post is hollow.

Your cat will enjoy multiple levels, perhaps one enclosed like a little cubby-house and one platform, and some dangling toys to play with. It must be sturdy enough that your cat can climb it without it swaying, otherwise your cat will be smart enough to stay away.

While in the planning stage, also consider how you will keep the tree clean, you can vacuum carpeted surfaces, but try to avoid other porous materials that will be difficult to clean. Any cushions or beds should be removable for weekly washing on a hot washing cycle and perhaps attached via Velcro tabs to stop them slipping.

Finally, avoid painting the tree (unless you use natural paints) or using smelly adhesives that might upset your cat’s delicate sense of smell.


Before you start, have a think about what your cat likes to scratch on. A cat that likes to scratch on door-frames, might be better off with a post made of natural wood, or perhaps sissal rope, which is quite rough. If you plan on using sissal, it can take a fair bit of time to wind around a long post and can be comparatively expensive to buy new.

A cat that prefers the leather lounge or carpets, might be better off with post covered in carpet. The added bonus of carpet is that you can change it later when it gets too shredded or you want a different look, and it is easy to staple in place. Just avoid carpet that has loops for your cat to get his claws stuck in.

Cats love hiding places, but also vantage points, so consider using height and multiple levels. If your cat can use the cat tree to look out a window, or escape the dog or children, all the better


Check your council website for recycling centres that may have very cheap materials. In Sydney, for example, Reverse Garbage has everything you need to make a cheap and unique piece of cat furniture such as carpet off-cuts, cardboard tubes, pieces of wood and various other pieces.

You can also check here for more places with recycling options for materials, or freecycle. The base is probably the most important part to get right. It needs to be thick and heavy to stabilise the poles coming up from it.


  • Staple gun or hot glue gun
  • Hammer and nails or drill
  • Rivet gun (if you are using PVC piping or a hollow tube for the ‘tree’
  • Utility knife to cut carpet
  • Saw to cut wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails or Screws


If you just need a scratching post, make sure it is tall enough that your cat can fully stretch out. Most are much too short. Measure from nose to tip of the tail and make it at least that length. If your cat is scratching on horizontal surfaces, make a horizontal scratching post, it will make it much easier to redirect your pet to the appropriate place.


Like this stunning structure made from timber and tree branches you can use a large fallen tree branch for this project. Just make sure there are no pests in the wood. The last thing you need are some crawling hitch-hikers and perhaps that tree branch fell for a reason! Martha Stewart has a very stylish example of this too.


Rather than make a tree, you can make use of existing furniture and structures within your house. A length of carpet or rope covered board  can be fixed to a wall, or to the side of a bookcase. Shelves and platforms can be screwed securely directly into the walls to create a series of platforms.

If you already have tall bookshelves, consider fixing them to the wall to make them stable and secure (think baby-proofing for climbing toddlers), then attach some extra shelves on the outside to allow your cat to access the top. This top shelf is ideal as a cat vantage point, and is often unused space.


One way of building a condo is to use a cardboard cylinder with openings. There are some great plans available here. You can do a similar design with boxes, or even just stack some sturdy cardboard boxes on top of each other. Those thick boxes from the fruit shop would be excellent for making a temporary cat tree, just stack them and cut some holes out to create some nice cubby-holes.


This beautiful cat tree has been made out of an old bookshelf. An old chest of drawers, ladder or parts of a chair could also be reclaimed to make a fabulous tree. For more inspiration on cat trees, condos and amazing cat homes, visit here.


If your cat doesn’t quite understand how amazing his new post is, show him how to scratch it by making noisy scratches yourself while he watches. You need to make it as attractive as possible, and the place he was using as unattractive as possible.

Some cats are scratching to release pheromones, so if your cat is determined to scratch elsewhere, first try spraying the place he is scratching with Feliway daily, or place a Feliway diffuser nearby. You can also use Feliway to spray the scratching post to hopefully mask any weird smells that may be off-putting for your cat. Cover the area he was scratching until you have him retrained, or restrict his access.

If it is a door frame, stick some tin foil over the spot to deter him, while you encourage him to use the new post. The foil trick can also work with the couch or rugs.

Each time you see him attempting to scratch in the wrong place, redirect him to the new place. You may need to initially start with the post near his old scratching spot. Alternatively, near his sleeping area as cats love to stretch and scratch when they wake up. It can then be moved gradually to a more appropriate place once he has the habit of using it.

Avoid punishment to stop him scratching, it just teaches him not to do it while you are around and doesn’t give him an alternate behaviour. Also keep treats (if your cat is fussy try fishy pastes, like anchovette, pate or vegemite) nearby so you can reward him if he does use the new post.

Good luck and we would love you to post pictures of your cat tree, particularly if it is home made!

7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool and Healthy in Summer Heat Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:47:30 +0000 In my household, dogs are part of the family. Belle, our curious Weimaraner, and Orion, the energetic bull terrier mix, even went on the honeymoon with the hubby and I. Our dogs are always at our sides.

So it’s no surprise that when the mercury climbs, I’m very aware of how the heat and summer weather affect my pups. Today I’m happy to share several tips for keeping your canine cool and healthy during the dog days of summer.

Use Paw Protection

Have you ever stepped outside with bare feet to grab the mail or say hello to a visitor on a hot summer day? Ouch! Brick, cement and even wood surfaces can get extremely hot to the touch.

Now imagine taking your dog for a walk in those conditions. While your feet are protected by shoes, the pads on your dog’s paws are drying out and possibly suffering burns, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association .

Use moisturizing paw balm to soothe sore summer paws and dog booties to keep feet protected. On really hot summer days, take the dog for a walk around your local pet-friendly store or opt for a play date at an indoor pet daycare facility to beat the heat.

Ward off Pests

I know how much I hate swatting at mosquitos during summer evenings on the patio. I can only imagine what it’s like for my dogs as they roll around in the grass during warm weather. Reduce your dog’s risk of illness spread by insects by using preventive medications and spot treatments, suggests the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals .

Summer pests include:

  • Mosquitos that spread heartworm
  • Fleas, flies and gnats that bite and leave painful welts
  • Ticks that spread Lyme disease
Try Cooling Mats

For dogs that spend their days outdoors, offer cooling comforts. You already know a canopy over a kennel or dog house provides shade. But you can go one step further and offer your favorite pooch a cooling mat. These work much like an electric blanket, but instead of getting warm they cool the surface of the waterproof mat. If you don’t have access to an electrical outlet outdoors, elevated mesh dog hammocks can also be breezy during summer.

Spray on Sunscreen

When Orion first joined our family, we giggled every time he rolled on his back to expose his light pink tummy speckled with gray freckles. It’s so darn cute. He loves to spend hours at a time outdoors in the warm weather, so I’ve quickly learned his delicate skin can get a sunburn. To prevent this, I limit his time outside or use pet-approved sunscreen to keep him safe.

Apply pet sunscreen to the dog’s nose, ears and areas of thinning fur around the muzzle using a cotton ball. Never use a spray-on product near a dog’s face. For the belly and legs, a light mist of the product directly from the bottle is safe.

Monitor Beach Activities

Sure, running on the beach with your furry friend at your side is relaxing. But summer seaside fun can become dangerous for pets. Don’t let your dog drink sea water on a hot summer day. Instead, pack bottled water and a portable bowl to keep the pet hydrated. And keep dogs out of waters infested with jellyfish. They can sting pets, despite their thick, furry coats.

After a day of seaside adventures:

  • Give your dog a bath to remove sea lice and saltwater residue.
  • Examine the skin for any signs of sunburn or stings.
  • Watch for limping, since the extra strain of running in sand can cause pulled muscles.
Offer a Self-Watering Bowl

Whether your pet lives outside or just plays in the yard, he should always have water available. During the summer water evaporates quickly, so consider investing in a self-watering bowl that refills continually.

We use a 2.5 gallon waterer for our dogs to ensure they always have access to clean water. Since the bowl replenishes with water from the enclosed reservoir, we know it’s always fresh.

Keep Dogs in Cars Safe

When we have free time, the hubby and I like to head to the local state park for a hike with Belle and Orion. But to get there, we have to drive. We take the top off the Jeep and clip the dogs into their car harnesses. They love sniffing the air and letting their long ears flap in the wind.

I’m thankful my husband’s auto insurance coverage includes pets. If we were to get in an accident during one of these outings, the policy allows for veterinary care for the dogs. Does your auto insurance cover your pets? Talk with a Trusted Choice ® independent agent about insurance options to keep your pets safe this summer. After all, you want every member of your family to be safe, right?

How to Keep your Dog Cool this Summer Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:40:14 +0000 The weather has been pretty warm lately (and our furry friends are noticing it, too). It’s probably a good time to be thinking about ways we can help keep our pets cool.

Dogs are more susceptible to heat stress than humans as they can’t sweat and often have coats that are not suited to warmer climates (particularly double-coated arctic breeds).

Staffy’s and dogs with snub-noses are also inclined to overheat and then develop breathing difficulties, which is often compounded by a desire to obsessively fetch that ball until the point of collapse!

So we have put together a few tips to keep your dog cool this summer:

  • Provide a shallow pool, like those clam-shell sandpit creations that kids use. The quickest way for your dog to cool down is by standing or lying in some water.
  • Provide multiple stainless steel water bowls in shady areas rather than plastic bowls and change at least once daily.
  • Use an elevated dog bed such as a trampoline bed.

  • Provide a fan (one that can’t be knocked over, and with a cord that is protected from chewing if your dog is so inclined!).
  • Avoid walks during 10-4pm, on really hot days walk at dawn and dusk.
  • Never leave your dog in the car, even for 5 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase rapidly to fatal temperatures.
  • Freeze some 2L water bottles, wrap them in a tea towel and place them near pet resting areas.
  • Make some pupsicles (you can use many food items such as salt reduced (onion free) stock, dog food or peanut butter and freeze in anything from an old icecream container to a muffin tin.

  • Use a sprinkler on a timer to come on in the middle of the day.
  • Hang some wet towels to create a simple air conditioner.
  • Allow your dog to dig a hole to lie in if the garden can stand it.

Enjoy the summer! We hope these tips will keep your dog cool over those long summer days.

8 Tips for Taking the Perfect Photo of Your Pet Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:35:07 +0000 Pictures of dogs and cats are the most searched for on hosting sites like Flikr and they dominate social platforms like Instagram. But getting the ideal picture of your dog can be a little tricky.

For those of us that have ended up with a big slobbery lick of the camera lens or a completely uncooperative cat, maybe we can learn from these tips together!

1.Aim to photograph in natural light and avoid the flash. If you are indoors, get your pet next to a white wall, this will enhance the natural light.

2. Avoid clutter in the background, or if you have a DSLR camera manipulate the aperture to create that soft blurred portrait background.

3. Use treats. You can even put the treat on top of the camera to really get your pet’s attention. For camera shy pets consider training your pet that a camera click means a treat.

4.Get down on your pet’s level ; this will give a more natural view.

5.If you have a dog that loves squeaky toys , use that to get some eye contact. For cats, toys that rattle or rustle, a fishing line cat toy or a laser pointer can get your subject’s attention.

6.Take your dog out for a big walk prior to the photo shoot, to work of some excess energy first.

7.If you are aiming for a posed shot, most dogs are reluctant to jump off high platforms like tables, so you can set up props around your dog. Just remember a slippery surface will make your dog insecure, so use some fabric or a mat to make it more comfortable.

8.To get your cat into position, consider using placing a decorative box on the floor and allow your cat to investigate. Many cats will naturally like a confined space to sit in.

Summer Tips to Keep Your Pets Healthy Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:29:28 +0000 Before you head out on that summer adventure make sure your pet will be safe.

People aren’t the only ones who love the dog days of summer. For everyone, including pets, summer is an active season which involves time spent outdoors in the sunshine, lots of exercise and a whole lot of fun. However, with all that activity, accidents can happen. Giving your pets a little extra attention will ensure they enjoy their summer to the fullest and stay happy and healthy. Here are some tips for helping your pets have the best summer ever.

Heat protection

Being out in the sun all day can be fun, but it can also cause dehydration and heatstroke in pets, just as it does in humans. If your pet is going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, it is important to ensure it has easy excess to plenty of water and shade. If you are taking your dog on a walk or trip, be sure to have a supply of water with you at all times. Take frequent breaks in the shade and observe your pet’s behaviour so you can spot signs of fatigue.

Sun protection

We already know the benefits of applying sunscreen on our own skin. Well, dogs can get skin cancer, too, and sunscreen is often a good idea for white and light-coloured dogs, which tend to be more susceptible to skin cancer and sun damage than dogs with darker-coloured coats. Be sure to reapply periodically, or after the dog has had a dip in the lake or pool.

Never leave your pet in the car

Many pet owners make the mistake of leaving their dogs in the car, thinking that winding down the windows a little will give them enough oxygen. As dogs cannot perspire like humans, they regulate their body temperature through the air and are dependent on the temperature of the air around them to keep themselves cool. If they inhale hot air in a hot car, their body temperature increases exponentially, which can be fatal.

Protect their pads

Summer often means lots of walks outdoors. While this can be great for your dog’s wellbeing, it also means his paws are going to come into contact with asphalt, which can get hot fast on warm days. Walking your dog on burning concrete can damage their pads, but we often do not realise this as our own feet are protected by shoes. This can be extremely painful for dogs, akin to pulling the skin off a blister on your foot and then walking barefoot in the hot sun. Other than limiting exposure to hot concrete whenever you can, you can also use pad protectors to keep those feet safe. If you cannot avoid contact with concrete, opt to walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening when the ground has cooled off.

Protect them from parasites

Dogs and cats tend to spend a great deal of time outside in summer. While this can be great in that they get more exercise, it also makes them more susceptible to ticks and fleas, which proliferate in the warmer months. Prevention is better than cure, so begin a flea and tick protocol when the weather gets warmer to ensure your pet doesn’t become the victim of an outbreak.

Water protection

Never assume your dog knows how to swim. Just because you might have seen other dogs happily splashing around doesn’t mean that every dog is a great swimmer. Even if your dog loves water, he may be less proficient at swimming than you think. Furthermore, dogs can and do get lost in pools and sometimes fail to find a way out, which can result in drowning. Never let your dog near a pool, lake or sea without close supervision. Just like children, they may jump in to retrieve their ball, and you want to be around if they need help.

Supervise your pet closely

Just because you’re not finding the heat overwhelming doesn’t necessarily mean your dog feels the same way. Dogs tend to get heated up faster than humans, and when your pet has been running around and playing, the unrelenting sun can take its toll. Always supervise your pet closely and watch for signs of discomfort, dehydration and heatstroke. If your dog begins panting a lot or seems tired and weak, it is time to take a rest in the shade and have a drink of water. If he doesn’t recover even after a break, that may be a sign that something more serious is happening.

Avoid summer haircuts for your dog

You might think that giving your dog a haircut will help him cool off in the summer heat, but this often does the opposite. A dog’s coat aids in the regulation of body temperature, so a haircut might actually lead to your pet becoming more susceptible to the heat and sunburn.

Summer can be a wonderful season for pets, but is not without its hazards. Ensure your pet has the best possible summer by doing all you can to keep him cool, hydrated and healthy.