Dear Heloise: Many people wear their PANTS UNTRIMMED and, if baggy enough, allowed to drag on the ground. It is obvious the pant bottom gets frayed and dirty. Most women may not realize this, but here is another thing that happens to men’s pant bottoms: The floor under every urinal in the men’s restroom is wet, and those baggy pants soak it up. It’s bad enough that the pants pick up the dirt from the street. Everyone who does the wash has to handle these soaked pants. -- Mike, via e-mail
This is certainly a “yuck” for this column! -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: People and pets can be susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
And for both, it may be life-threatening! Here are some specific ways to prevent heat exhaustion in pets:
If you walk your dog, early morning or late evening is best, when it is cooler outside.
If pets are kept outdoors, they should have plenty of shade to help keep them cool.
Always have plenty of fresh water accessible.
If you keep your dog in a kennel or pen, make sure there is enough ventilation.
And NEVER leave a pet in a parked car. The temperature in a parked car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes on an 85-degree day, and 120 degrees after 30 minutes. There are variables such as humidity or dryness (e.g., Florida vs. Arizona).
Animals with flat noses (like pugs) are especially susceptible, because their noses make it difficult to pant effectively.
Here is some important lifesaving information from the Humane Society of the United States. If you notice extreme panting and salivation, fever, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, failure to respond or your dog collapses, your pet may be suffering from heatstroke. Move your dog into a shaded area, and use cool water to help it cool down.
Place cool, wet cloths on your pet’s head and feet, and offer ice cubes to lick. Go to your veterinarian immediately to seek medical attention. “Woof, woof!” -- Cabbie and Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for (nonmint) dental floss:
* Sew a button with it (stronger than thread).
* Cut cakes, cheese and other food items.
* Tie around a roast (make sure to use unwaxed).
* Use as a shoelace.
* Keep a luggage zipper closed if there is no lock.
Dear Heloise: Recently, I visited a friend with Alzheimer’s disease. When I entered, she was looking over birthday cards she had received. She does not communicate well, but she enjoyed the colorful pictures. I thought it would be great to give her a small book (it should not be large or heavy to hold) with pictures of flowers or animals, etc. I have not yet found something suitable. People could make a little album of pictures cut from catalogues, greeting cards or magazines. It would cost very little and would mean so much to the Alzheimer’s patient. -- Ruth in Ohio
A lovely idea indeed. -- Heloise
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