Heat Awareness Day 2014
Several states are already experiencing above normal temperatures and sizzling, record breaking heat. Weather predictors such as the 2014 Farmers’ Almanac indicate that this summer will be exceptionally hot across much of the U.S. Since heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S. (According to the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Animal Behavior College encourages pet owners to prepare now to ensure they protect their dogs and cats from heat’s devastating effects. National Heat Awareness Day on May 23 serves as a great reminder.
“Summer is one of the busiest seasons for most people,” said Steven Appelbaum. “With so many activity-filled days, it is easy for dog and cat owners to forget that extreme heat can be potentially fatal. Planning and early preparation are key to ensuring pets are comfortable and safe.”
Pet Summer Safety Tips
The college recommends five readiness tips to help your pet beat the heat and other summer safety-related concerns:
Prevent Heat Stroke. As your pet’s body temperature increases, it cannot accommodate excessive external heat. Extreme heat can lead to heat stroke resulting in multiple organ dysfunctions. Keep your pet out of the heat and in a cool, shaded area. Provide access to water.
Prevent Sun Burn. White dogs and cats and those that have thin or no hair are more susceptible to sunburn. Just like humans, they can sunburn. Use pet safe sunscreens and keep your pet out of the sun. Some sun blocks contain potentially harmful ingredients, so consult your veterinarian before applying sunscreen to your cat.
Avoid Dog Walks on Hot Pavement. Pavement can get extremely hot and can cause lacerations, paw infections and burnt pads. Unfortunately, these injuries are often not apparent to the human eye. Walk dogs when temperatures are coolest or in shaded areas on the grass.
Keep Your Pet Safe Around Water. It is a myth that all dogs are good swimmers. Keep a watchful eye on them around pools, lakes or any other body of water. Ensure fresh water is available to ensure your pet does not drink water from the pool. Visit our blog to learn more about Dog Water Safety.
Safely Remove Ticks. Ticks transmit disease, which can cause fatal complications. If you notice a tick on your pet, it is important to remove it immediately and carefully. Visit our blog for tips about properly Removing Ticks.
Ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water and a way to cool off. Never leave pets in parked vehicles. If you notice that your pet is in distress, visit your veterinarian right away.
By following these easy heat awareness and safety tips, you and your pets will enjoy a fun and safe summer season.
Pet Summer Safety Tips – Heat Awareness Day 2014
Car Safety for Dogs
The President of Animal Behavior College, Steven Appelbaum, wrote a guest post on WayCoolDogs.com which talks about safety harness crash test results for dogs.
The non-profit Center for Pet Safety tested several brands of pet harnesses using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 213). The crash test was conducted at an independent laboratory that also tests for the Department of Transportation, using life sized dog test dummies.
Steve believes that all pet products designed to keep a pet secured in an automobile will be held to the same or similar standards as human seat belts.
Read the entire blog post about Dog Safety for the Car or Truck at: http://www.waycooldogs.com/car-safety-for-dogs/
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Not All Dogs Know How To Swim
Romping in pools, lakes and the ocean is a perfectly natural thing for some dog breeds. Be aware, though, that there are breeds that don’t — or CAN’T — swim. As cute as the video below might be, dog water safety is not to be taken lightly. If you’re unsure about your dog’s natural swimming ability, click here to read our tips on introducing your dog to water properly and to find out which dogs may be safest kept OUT of the water.
“Swimming’s Not So Tough!”
Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together?
We hear stories all the time about family pets saving their owners from life-threatening emergencies. The video below shows how one lucky man was saved by his 3 dogs who woke him from a deep sleep before it was too late.
Sadly, nearly half a million pets a year are lost to house fires. Lots of people have fire safety plans for their families… but these plans don’t always include contingencies for their pets. The good news is that, with a little planning, pet owners CAN better protect their Furry Friends should the unthinkable happen. Click here to read our tips on Fire Safety for Pets.