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Pet Friendly 4th of July Tips

Happy summer, pet lovers! Many Americans love to celebrate this holiday of our independence, but many pet owners dread the anxiety and hazards that it brings for their furry friends. It’s our duty as their caretakers to make sure that they stay safe and happy amid all of the human celebrations. The most important thing to remember for pet safety during the week surrounding Independence Day, is simply to keep them indoors as much as possible, and only let dogs out in a secured yard, or on a leash with you. Holidays that typically involve fireworks tend to be the most active for animal control, due to animals being startled and running away. Even if you plan to keep them exclusively indoors, it is a good idea to have updated ID tags or registered microchips for each pet in your household, just in case they were to escape. Microchips are a much better option, because tags on collars or harnesses can easily get snagged or broken if the animal is in distress and gets snagged on something. Just be sure that it is registered with the manufacturer, and has your current contact information. If your pets have had firework anxiety in the past, the safest thing to do for them once the celebration begins, is to keep them in a small, secured area, like a bathroom or bedroom, and in a crate – if they are crate trained. This can greatly reduce the chance of them hurting themselves, or running away. Please consider leaving your pets at home if you are going to a fireworks display or large gathering....

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summertime is coming upon us very quickly here in Florida, and while you may be dreaming of barbecues, fireworks, pool parties, and relaxation, it’s important to remember the special care your furry friends need during the warmest months of the year.   One of the most dangerous parts of summer is the heat. Did you know that dogs can get heat stroke and heat exhaustion, just like we can? As with humans, untreated heat stroke in dogs may cause serious problems like seizures, cardiac arrest, and even coma or death. Let’s talk about how you can prevent this from happening to your canine companions. You can keep your dog from getting too much heat exposure by actively watching how much he is panting. Panting is the canine coolant system – your dog can’t sweat to keep himself cool, (except from the pads of his feet) but if he is panting excessively, this can be a sign that his body temperature is too high. This is something to watch for to know when it’s time to come back inside. You can also make sure he has access to room temperature (not cold!) water at all times. Cold water, or too much water at one time, along with high body temperature and activity, can cause issues like bloat or colic in many breeds of dogs. Another way to prevent heat stroke is to save outdoor walks and playtime for the coolest parts of the day, like early morning and evening, and minimize outdoor exercise during the scorching midday hours. It may go without saying, but please NEVER leave your pets inside...