John Kilgore

John Kilgore

Having just staggered into the house from working outside in the after-the-flood elements, I didn’t have a dry stitch of clothing left on my body.

I took a shower and sat down to eat some salmon patties for supper. That’s the last thing I remember.

After my first ambulance ride in almost 62 years, you would think I could recall it. Following a stint in the ER, I was admitted. That’s when I finally woke up----in a hospital room with a case of dehydration and pneumonia.

The doctor mentioned that they were on the look-out for bacteria-related breathing problems after the flooding and warning people about working too hard in the heat to clean up after the devastation to our counties in Oklahoma.

So, I am now motivated to remember my limitations.

The current introduction to summer heat is not only tough on us and but on the critters as well.

 A few years ago, Brentwood Feed and Pet Supply Store posted a blog which was written giving tips for your local deer population to help beat the summertime heat.

Although deer adapt pretty well to changes in temperature, here are their recommendations:

• If you raise deer, provide access to shelter and shade to prevent heat stress. Wild deer can usually find shade under trees and shrubs.

• A stable water supply is crucial. Deer need three pounds of water for every pound of dry matter they consume. If they can’t drink, they won’t eat. If they don’t eat enough, it will affect antler growth, reproduction and the health of their fawns.

What is a stable water source? It depends on your local area.

In west Texas, for instance, it means a dependable water source every 1-1.5 miles. Deer prefer to drink from ponds or streams but will readily use livestock water troughs.

The Brentwood Store also offered information for recognizing dehydration in your dogs and cats as well. Symptoms include the following:

• Dogs: Sunken eyes, dark urine, lethargy, dry mouth, raspy barks, appetite loss, thick saliva, loss of skin elasticity, depression.

• Cats: Panting, lethargy, sunken eyes, loss of skin elasticity, elevated heart rate, dry mouth, appetite loss.

Remember, our family pets can’t tell us when they need a drink. Make sure plenty of fresh water is always available.

 

Reach John Kilgore at jkilgoreoutdoors@yahoo.com

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