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Keeping Pets Cool in Eastchester

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- It's a dog day of summer in Eastchester even for a horse.

Six year old Rusty, who lives at Twin Lakes Farm on the border of Tuckahoe and Bronxville enjoyed a shower Monday morning as temperatures soared to more than 90 degrees for the third straight day.

Twin Lake Farms owner Scott Tarter, also of Eastchester said that there are several things he does for his workers when it gets real hot.

"We reduce the work load, shorten lessons and use shorter jumping fences," said Tarter adding that four legged employees gets a refreshing shower after each outing.

The barns are also kept cool and dry with a nice breeze provided by several big fans.

Dr. Anthony Meglino of the Tuckahoe Animal Hospital and Pet Center said that he treated several cases of heat stroke on Monday.

"I had at least two animals with body temperatures of 106," Meglino said. Dogs usually have a body termperature between 100 to 102 degrees.

Some dogs, like bull dogs, or pugs, have a particlulary tough time breathing in the hot weather, Meglino said

Meglino said dogs should be walked early in the day or after sunset, if possible. "Keep them inside and provide plenty of water, " he said.

As for cats, Meglino advised keeping them indoors, and in a cool setting as well. A cat that did not wish to be identified likes an ice cube in her water dish on hot days, but still insists on sitting on laps for petting even when it is 95 degrees.

"They do seem to tolerate the heat better," Meglino said.

The rule of thumb is easy when it comes to pets, of all kinds, Meglino said.

"Just treat them the way you treat yourself in the heat and they should be fine."

Meterologists predict that the weather will ease up a little on Tuesday and Wednesday, but predict it will be even hotter from Thursday thru the weekend.

How do you plan on spending this hot week? Let us know on facebook at The Daily Eastchester or The Daily Bronxville.

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