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Pet Fire Safety Day
The dark side of summer heat
Even on days when it doesn’t seem that hot, it is hot enough to harm people and pets.
Pets in cars becomes a hot topic (please pardon the pun) every summer. An Iowa woman was charged with animal neglect in June, after leaving her dog and cat in an unattended vehicle. Even at 11:30 in the morning, the temperature in the car had reached 125 degrees!
Heat is especially dangerous for brachycephalic dogs (those cute, smash-faced breeds).
Remember, exercise yourself and your dog in the cool of the morning or evening, not during the heat of the day!
Two more heat-related dangers:
Please, please respect the heat.
4th of July!
The 240th celebration of our Independence is upon us! Seems like the bicentennial was just yesterday…
We will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in celebration of the holiday.
Remember, fireworks are not pet-friendly! Even when shot off somewhere else, the noise can be very frightening. It’s one of the main reasons that more pets are lost on July 4 every year than on any other day of the year. Make sure your pets are wearing their collars, and that your contact information is updated with your microchip company. Take a picture for good measure, so that you have a recent one to post on social media (whether they get out or not)…
Even fireworks that are not used are dangerous to pets – they can contain oxidizing agents, as well as heavy metals to make those pretty colors. All of these are potentially harmful if ingested, usually causing gastrointestinal signs like vomiting or bloody diarrhea (but other problems, like liver disease or seizures, are possible).
Lit fireworks can cause burns to the lips, mouth or nose, cause eye irritation, or even burn hair & skin.
Please, be careful around fireworks! Do your dogs a favor, and keep them safely inside.
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