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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

Laura’s Critter Care, LLC Encourages Pet Owners to Travel Safe when Fido’s in Tow

 Laura’s Critter Care, LLC Encourages Pet Owners to Travel Safe when Fido’s in Tow
 

With more than half of pet owners reporting traveling with their dogs in their cars at least once per month, professional pet sitter Laura Stauffiger, encourages pet owners to follow these simple pet-travel safety tips.

According to the AAA/Kurgo Pet Passenger Safety Study, nearly 56 percent of people transport their dogs in their cars at least once per month.

“From trips to the veterinarian’s office to day trips to a pet-friendly beach, more and more pet owners are transporting their dogs—and other pets—in their vehicles” says Laura Stauffiger, owner of Laura’s Critter Care, LLC. “Because of this, it’s extremely important that pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their pets remain safe while on the road.”

Stauffiger encourages pet owners to follow these basic safety tips when their pets are along for the ride:

Making a Connection Between Your Pet and Your Date

Making a Connection Between Your Pet and Your Date

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When you’ve made a “love connection” and feel it’s time to introduce your two-legged companion to your four-legged friend, here are a few tips from PetSmart Charities and Match, the world’s largest dating website. They have teamed up to reveal the important role that pets play in our dating lives.

Start with a Photo Session

Protect Pets to Keep Your Whole Family Safe

Protect Pets to Keep Your Whole Family Safe

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Playing outside isn't just for the kids. Pets love exploring the backyard as well, and while letting Fluffy and Fido out may cut down on fur balls on the carpet, they could be bringing unwanted guests back inside.

Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles, Even on Mild Days

Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles, Even on Mild Days

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Leaving young children and pets unattended inside a vehicle, even on relatively mild days, can be very dangerous, even fatal. According to Health Canada, outside air temperatures as low as 23ºC/73ºF can climb to more than 50ºC/122ºF inside a vehicle. Imagine how hot it could get during an actual heat wave. Every spring and summer in the U.S. and Canada there are reports of babies, toddlers and pets dying after being left unattended inside vehicles.

Lyme Disease, Your Pets and You

Lyme Disease, Your Pets and You

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Pets are beloved members of the family. With Lyme disease on the rise, pet owners should take precautions when taking their pets, particularly dogs, outdoors in warmer weather.

Lyme disease is contracted through bites from black-legged ticks that have become infected after feeding on infected birds or rodents.

Top Tips to Protect Your Pet in the Great Outdoors

Top Tips to Protect Your Pet in the Great Outdoors

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The arrival of spring and summer means our pets will be spending more time exploring and playing outdoors. Long walks, frolics in the yard and trips to the park are fun for dogs and owners alike, but do keep an eye on health risks, say advisers in this field.

Pets Plus Us, a pet owner community and insurance provider, offers some guidance for the warmer months: