Fireworks and Safety
The July 4th weekend is among us! If you are not boarding your pets for the celebration, here are some things you may consider.
1. Pet anxiety - some pets are scared of loud noises, parades, large crowds and festivals. Signs and Symptoms: shaking, drooling, howling, barking, pacing or trying to take cover.
2. Run-away pet: Before you take your pet out to an event. Checklist: Keep an updated shot record with you, make sure their identification tag is on the dog collar. The collar should fit well, if your dog has run away before, consider kenneling them, leaving them with a family member and or micro-chipping your pet.
3. Check location and destination before your trip for pet friendly events.
4. Consider using natural calming therapies for your dog. A blanket, or natural foods to relieve anxiety. Always bring food and drinks for your pet, snacks & place to rest. Your pet will need exercise, so try to find a location away from the crowds.
5. If your pet does get lost, make sure to alert the vet, and local agencies to help locate your pet.
Enjoy the activities this weekend! Happy July 4th
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Article & Photo By: Judith Stanton
7 Tips Before Taking Your Pet To Work
Taking your pet to work day can be exciting! Showing your pet off in front of co-workers brings pride, and what else? Things to consider when taking your pet to work.
1. Prepare your pet for travel. What will there day look like? Do they have a kennel for napping before, during, and after going to work.
2. Consider their eating and toileting schedule. How close are the doors to the parking lot, or grass yard for exercise and toileting.
3. Be respectful of co-workers spaces, because their could be people in your office who are allergic to pets, or don't like pets. Ask your manager about office rules before bringing a pet.
4. Pet toys, food, water, exercise, and space. Remember pets need a lot of your attention during the day. Will they be spending most of their time in your office? Under a desk? Or pet corner?
5. Pet anxiety around unfamiliar people, could cause them to behave differently. Are they obnoxiously barking, running, scratching, leaping, meowing, or peeing around people? Check with your vet about supplements for comfort and travel.
6. Pet's and noise, consider what your work station looks like before taking a pet to work. Are they therapy pets? Do you work in manufacturing where they could be exposed to loud noises or safety concerns.
7. Prepare your pet the day before by taking them in the car, and alternative schedule. If you work from home establish boundaries.
I work from home, and admit with two dogs it can be challenging. I realize they both eat at different times, exercise at random times, and sleep in different spaces. Our dogs each have different personalities. Our blue heeler loves to travel, she sits in the window, and is quiet most of the time, but when we stop for rest breaks she wants to leap and run away, so she reacts differently to travel. Our larger dog, travels in a kennel, he barks intermittently and does not calm down during car rides. He would prefer to be left at home in his own territory.
Extra Precautions are needed for your pets during the warmer months. Take your pet walking in the early morning hours to avoid heat exhaustion. Keep their hair groomed and trimmed, brush your pets weekly. Avoid sidewalks and pavement, can develop blisters. Dogs don't cool off as fast as humans, so put them in air-conditioning and shade, they don't cool off as fast as humans. Wet the paws of the dog to cool off, refresh a small pool with cool to cold water daily. Look for signs of heat exhaustion, difficulty breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, stupor, bloody bowels, mild weakness, collapse, vomiting. Take them to your local Vet for assistance if circumstances don't improve.
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