Pet Astrology - June 2020
Take Precautions When Gardening ...
With the Sun in Gemini, it’s time to get outside and plenty of fresh air. You may even be in the mood to roll up your sleeves and get planting new flowerbeds or landscaping your garden, but be sure to carefully research your plant selections first for the safety of your furry friends. Talk to your local nursery before buying your plants and supplies. If you’re using mulch to enrich or insulate your soil there are certain types of mulch that pet owners should avoid such as cocoa bean mulch. Because it’s made from the hulls of cacao beans, it has a rich chocolate aroma that some pets and even humans find difficult to resist, however it’s toxic if ingested. Pesticides can also be a problem so keep your pets indoors if using pesticides outdoors. Ticks, fleas and other bugs could also be a nuisance so don’t forget to protect your pets against the these nasty little parasites.
Heat Can Pose Problems for Pets ...
It’s also important to take precautions against the heat now to keep your pet happy and healthy so you can enjoy the warm weather together. Sunburn can cause problems for animals similar to those it can cause to humans. Therefore avoid taking your pet out during the hottest time of day which, despite popular belief, is between 3:00 and 6:00 P.M (because it takes time to heat the surface of the earth). If it gets really hot, stay indoors.
To rid themselves of excess heat, animals pant. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it. Although this is a very efficient way to control body heat its effectiveness is limited in humid weather or when animals are in enclosed spaces. Animals with snub noses or flat faces, such as Pekingese, pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats can have a hard time staying cool because they can’t pant efficiently, so they need to stay out of the heat.
Elderly, overweight and pets with dodgy tickers should also be kept cool. If you don’t have air-conditioning, consider investing in a fan. If your pet is exhibiting signs of rapid heartbeat, heavy panting, drooling and a bemused or anxious expression they are either in love, or overheating.