Summer Leaving Dogs in Cars
Spring jumps to summer pretty quickly in the Sacramento Valley, and with early heat waves it's a good reminder to plan ahead when enjoying summer activities with our animals. Sadly, every year there are reports of animal fatalities attributed to heat related illnesses. It can't be said often enough:
Never leave an animal (or child) unattended in the heat in a parked car!
Even if your car is parked in the shade with the windows down, heat stroke can happen in minutes!
The Sacramento-based nonprofit organization Red Rover is called for May 2013 to be a month full of preventive action events in 30+ communities. Read more information.
Car Travel (PDF) - Unless it's absolutely necessary to take your dog to a veterinary or grooming appointment, the dog park, training, etc., it's best to leave your pet home, especially when running errands or going out to eat.
Exercise and Activities (PDF) - Animals have always fulfilled a companion quality in their owner's lives and are often included in our mundane routines or exciting adventures. With some forethought, these can be quite rewarding experiences for you and your pet.
Staying Cool at Home (PDF) - Whenever possible, it's preferable to keep your animals indoors during a heat wave. If pets must be left outside, they must be accommodated well with water and shade.
Winter Pet Poison Helpline - 800-213-6680
Holidays are joyous times to welcome our family, our friends, and celebrate with colorful decorations and delicious treats! Some of us include our pets in our homes during the parties and present exchanges, but forget that some of our beverages, decor, plants, and foods can be toxic for them. The Pet Poison Helpline has some wonderful information on their website for the seasonal temptations your pets may face: