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Fourth of July and Summer Tips (and adoption kittens)

The Fourth of July is almost here! Unfortunately, a festive celebration with friends and family can be stressful for our pets.

Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe this happy holiday weekend and throughout the summer.

  • Take time to prepare your pet for the upcoming excitement! It's best to keep your pets inside, but make sure they are microchipped in case they accidentally escape during the fireworks display (or during one of our afternoon thunderstorms).
  • Provide a safe refuge, like a crate or a bed with favorite toys and blankets, where your pet feels safe and secure.
  • Close the windows and doors to minimize the noise and light flashes.
  • Turn on the radio or television as a distraction.
  • Some pets will need additional help with their anxiety. Please call us to discuss the many options of sedatives and supplements that are available.

As the heat index rises, take precautions to prevent overheating.

  • Make sure you limit the amount of time your pet is outside. Bring them inside periodically to cool off.  Remember pets can get sunburned too!
  • Some dogs love to swim and are pretty good at it. Never allow your pet to swim without supervision.
  • Take walks during the cooler times of the day. Dogs can overexert themselves trying to keep up with their owners.
  • Also, when going for a walk, try to keep your dog on the grass or light color pavement. Dark colored cement, like most roads, can burn paw pads if walking on them for too long.
  • If you are outside playing in the pool or flipping burgers on the grill, make sure to provide plenty of shade and water for your dog.

When running errands with your dog, NEVER leave them in a hot car! Temperatures can rise quickly inside a closed vehicle and become deadly within minutes.

            

                           Have a safe summer and Happy Independence Day!

                                 Once again, we have some very cute kittens here at South Trail that need homes! Help us by spreading the word!

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