Storms continue to form in the Atlantic region, so pet owners should be prepared to keep themselves and their best friends safe. If that means evacuating to a safer area, it helps to have a plan so you and your furry buddy will have what you need to weather the storm together.
Keeping your pet safe during July 4th celebration might mean confining it indoors, keeping it calm when the fireworks begin - and making sure it always has some form of ID, such as a microchip, or tags on the collar, so your best friend can find its way home.
Even on Super Bowl Sunday, pet safety should still be a priority, but your four-legged friend may want to be part of the festivities. The ASPCA suggests that you can put pet snacks in a special bowl so your guests have a good treat to give your furry buddy. That way, everybody gets to be part of the fun!
Cold weather poses at least as many risks to our furry friends as hot weather does. For example, you wouldn't leave your pet alone in a car in the summer heat, but in the winter that car can become a refrigerator. It's not a safe place for any animal, especially your pet.
Advance planning can help to ensure the safety of you and your fur buddies. Usually the safest approach is to evacuate before it's too late. FEMA has mandated pet-friendly emergency shelters, but in your area there may be only one that will allow pets.
Dogs and cats don't sweat - they pant to cool themselves as water evaporates from their mouths and lungs. In a confined space (like a car) that overheats, evaporation (and cooling) slows or stops . Remember to provide plenty of fresh water to replace what's lost during the panting process.
This weekend, Frankenmuth, Michigan will host its 13th annual Dog Bowl with two days of entertainment and activity for people and their dogs. This high-energy event includes everything from canine fun runs to a pet parade to a costume contest. The goal is to encourage responsible pet ownership with events that both people and their four-footed companions can enjoy!
Many of the things we love about celebrating the New Year, like parties and fireworks, are not good for our pets and can actually harm or frighten them. Keep your best friend safe on New Year's Eve so you both can enjoy the coming year together!
You may notice there is no pet in this picture of the Menorrah. Our furry friends should not be near lit candles or open flames. Keeping your pet safe during Hanukkah will help to ensure that all family members enjoy the holiday, including the four-footed ones.
Keeping your home safe for your best friend may mean limiting the use of things like essential oils. That includes diffusers which may put oils into the air that could harm your pet's sensitive respiratory system.
If your pet becomes overheated, you can put it in a tub of cool water; or use a garden hose or a small wading pool. And take your furry buddy to the veterinarian to determine if there has been any damage to internal organs! Heat stroke can cause brain swelling or kidney failure, even after you get your pet cooled down.
Most pet owners know not to let their furry friends have chocolate, grapes, raisins, anything with onion or garlic, and anything that contains the artificial sweetner Xylitol. But some of our favorite game day snacks can harm our pets in unexpected ways. Keeping our four-footed family members safe will make for a better day for everyone!
That cute little face peeking out between the limbs of the Christmas tree is trouble in the making. Taking care to keep your pets safe around the holiday trimmings will help to make all the seasons of the year happy ones.
Although Labor Day is often seen as the kickoff to Autumn, it's still very warm and humid across most of the country. If your pet is part of your outdoor gathering, watch to make sure it has a shady spot to rest so it doesn't become overheated.
Keeping your pet safe in a disaster situation may depend on a little advance planning - just in case something should happen. Whether your best friend has fur, or feathers, or scales, it depends on you to keep it safe and get it out of harm's way in time.
Rain doesn't seem like a serious threat to your pet's safety, unless it is torrential or continues for days. As drainage systems overload and the water backs up flooding can occur, putting you and your best friend at risk.
Hanukkah, which begins December 6th this year, brings excitement, food, gifts and of course, the beautiful Menorah. As you enjoy the traditions of this Festival of Lights, keep your pet's safety and well being in mind.
No animal should have to endure what Harley went through for ten years in a puppy mill. Despite the harsh treatment he received, he is a happy, friendly and loving dog. And now he has been recognized as a hero!
People with pets love to share the Halloween fun with their furry friends, but some do not realize their pets may not enjoy it so much. Keep your pet's comfort and safety in mind, especially on Halloween!
During the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina, a police officer confiscated a small boy's white dog, named Snowball. The boy was inconsolable, and Snowball's story became a symbol of much that went wrong for pets and their owners in that disaster.
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, but it's important to remember that the safety of our family is the most important consideration. If your family includes a pet, it's up to you to keep them safe to enjoy all the family celebrations for years to come.
Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions. So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.
Having supplies packed and ready to go in case of an emergency can make necessary evacuations easier on everyone. It also helps to practice so you and your pet both know what to expect if and when the real emergency occurs.
By the time the storm rolls in, you might start scrambling to locate everything you need for you and your pet. Having a plan that includes supplies already set aside can help you not only weather the storm successfully but do it together.