Firework Safety

With Fourth of July celebrations come good times, parties, and fireworks. Be sure that you keep your pet safe and away from any firework displays. This can be confusing to your pet and make them anxious and frighten them. Keep them in a quiet place. You can even turn on the radio or television to try and drown out the commotion. Also, remember to keep pets away from used fireworks because if ingested, they can cause intestinal upsets.

We hope you and your pet have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

Beach Safety Tips for Your Pet

Planning on enjoying a nice day at the beach with your pet this summer? Be sure to check with local ordinances to familiarize yourself with the rules of the beach before you bring your pet.  Also, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet at all times and watch for signs of dehydration including: excessive/rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea. To help keep your pet from suffering dehydration, provide them with fresh drinking water and a shaded area throughout the day.

 

 

Hot Weather Tips to Help Your Pet Stay Cool This Summer

Summer means enjoying the weather, and for most, with your pet! Remember to keep your pet healthy this summer by keeping them safe in the summer’s high temperatures.

Here are just some of the ways you can help ensure your pets have a safe summer:

Visit the Vet. A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Pets should also be given a blood test for heartworm every year in the early spring. The deadly parasite is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, and it is recommended that dogs and cats be on a monthly preventive medication year-round.

Keep Cool. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give your pets plenty of water when it is hot outdoors. Also make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun, and when the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt.

Know the Symptoms. Some symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

Summertime is the perfect time for a backyard barbeque or party, but remember to keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression, comas, or even death. Similarly, remember that the snacks you serve your friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments.” Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.

Water Safety is Pet-friendly. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool, as not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure pets wear flotation devices while on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

 

Source: http://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/aspca-offers-hot-weather-safety-tips-help-pets-beat-heat-during-dog-and-cat

 

World Pet Memorial Day

Pets come into our lives and sometimes stay for years and sometimes for just days or months. No matter how long you had a pet in your life, the time you spent together was special.

World Pet Memorial Day is a day to recognize the importance of remembering past and presents pets. One way you can celebrate your pet’s memory this Sunday, is by holding a memorial service this weekend in a place that was special to you and your beloved pet. You can also remember them by simply sharing your memories of your pets with your loved ones.

How do you and your loved ones keep the memory of your pets alive?