Hot Summer, Cool Dogs

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Summer is bearing down on the east coast at full steam ahead. The unrelenting heat and humidity have all of us, dogs included, looking for ways to keep cool. Here are my cooling suggestions for your dog, courtesy of Ben, the Border Collie. Cool in the pool The photo above shows Ben taking a dip […]

Sunscreen: New Rules to Play By

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Summer’s on the horizon. It’s time to ask yourself, “Should I splurge on the SPF 100 to get extra protection? And, how much extra protection am I really getting?” Our experts agree: sunscreen labels can be confusing and at times misleading. But soon new rules will be in place to help you understand exactly what […]

Are Supporters Of Excess Heat & Sweat In Yoga Class Just Full Of Hot Air?

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Yoga-Sauna. Many yogis love heat and sweat. Others do not. The claim: “sweat” is good for you because it “purifies” the body of “toxins.” Some also say that extra heat “opens” the body more, allowing a practitioner to “go deeper” in a posture and their practice. Is there any merit to these claims of detoxification? […]

Summer Safety: Dogs, Kids and Water

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A favorite summer pastime for many of us is relaxing by a pool or a lake while unwinding from the day or – better yet – even spending the whole day poolside blissfully relaxed. If your dog is in tow, however, it is essential to stay alert. Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs enjoy […]

How To Stay Safe In Extreme Heat And Humidity

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What Is Extreme Heat? Conditions of extreme heat are defined as summertime temperatures that are substantially hotter and/or more humid than average for location at that time of year. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a “dome” of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the […]

Stop Animal Cruelty This Summer

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Every day, hundreds of animals are abused. It breaks my heart to think of dogs, cats, and other pets dying of starvation, over-heating, and loneliness. The summer months are one of the cruelest times for cats, dogs and other animals here in Michigan. Dogs are chained up outside, left in the sweltering heat, with no […]