Protect Your Pet From Fire
In the story The Jungle Book, fire was referred to as the “red flower”, and all the animals were terrified of it. For any of you who have witnessed the devastation of an uncontrolled fire or the heartbreak and agony of a burn victim, human, or animal, you can relate to the natural fear animals have of fire.
In 2009, The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services established July 15th as National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected each year by home fires and nearly a 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by homeowners’ pets.
Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips
Did you know that more dogs run off and get lost 4th of July week than an other time of the year?
I can tell you from first-hand experience that you have to be hyper-vigilant. Years ago on the 3rd of July, very late at night, my dogs wanted to go out. All was quiet, and I was on an island all by myself - no worries, right? Wrong! Not 10 seconds after letting my dogs out someone on the mainland started setting off fireworks.
My greyhound, Taz, shot right off the island and headed for shore. Sixteen hours later we finally found him; he had run flat-out all night...his paws were raw and he had so much muscle fatigue we had to carry him in and out to go to the bathroom for days.
It is crucial to be extra cautious of your pet's safety on holidays such as 4th of July. Here are some ways to keep your pet safe this year during the festivities:
The safest and best spot for your pet during the 4th of July festivities is indoors. If your pet is frightened by loud noises associated with the 4th keep them in a room where they are comfortable, try to block outside sight and sounds, turn on the TV, radio or soothing music on the stereo. My dog’s favorite spot during the 4th is the bathroom...it is the most insulated from outside noise.
How to Prevent Dog Bites
In 2018, there were 4.7 million people bitten by dogs throughout the US. Twenty percent of those victims required medical attention. Since children are small and unaware of the potential danger when interacting with a dog, they typically experience the worst injuries.
Use this article as a guide to how you can do your part in preventing dog bites!
April is Lost Pet Awareness Month
I am sure everyone remembers the line from ET when ET asks to phone home. Unfortunately, like ET, our lost pets can’t phone home. However, with your help, someone can.
Reuniting a lost pet should only be a phone call away but sadly, thousands of lost pets cannot return home because their owners cannot be contacted.
Attention Dog Owners - The Potentially Deadly Risk of Lyme Disease
After witnessing the heartbreak of families facing the passing of their beloved dogs due to complications from undiagnosed Lyme disease, I thought it was time to shed some light on the subject.
Over the past 18 months, we have had 20 dogs die from renal failure associated with undiagnosed Lyme disease. Let’s step back for a minute and go over exactly what Lyme disease is and discuss the prevalence in this area.
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