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Your dog most likely loves the outdoors as much as you do. Now that the days are longer and the early days of spring are here, you may be considering going hiking with your four-legged friend. Before you do, though, we would encourage you to keep a few things in mind to make sure you and your pup enjoy your time together safely.
Are You and Your Pup in Good Enough of Shape?
While you don’t have to be marathon-ready, you should both be in good enough shape to walk several hours on uneven terrain. If you live in a northern climate where the weather gets cold in winter, you may have spent the last few months mostly indoors. Your pup may be a little out of shape as well. Sprains are some of the common injuries dogs incur, and they often occur after a dog has been sedentary for an extended period of time and has experienced muscle loss. Go on a few shorter trial runs before you decide to go on a longer hike to make sure you’re both up for the activity.
Pack for Injuries for Your Dog Too
Just like you, your dog can experience abrasions and scratches as well. In addition to putting your dog’s ID collar on and packing food and water for the both of you, you should pack wound care supplies for dogs as well just in case if your dog gets injured on the hike. If you know the area can be treacherous, you may even want to consider putting booties on your dog as well. In the event that your dog does get injured, you should clean and cover the wound with your dog wound supplies as best you can and get to the vet as soon as possible.
Is Your Dog Trained Well Enough to Go Outdoors
If you take your dog on a hike, he or she needs to know the “Come” command among others. The last thing you would want is for your dog to chase after a rabbit or squirrel and get lost in the wilderness. If you haven’t already, take your dog to a professional trainer who can work with you on these basic commands and then practice at home. If you find that your dog is a quick learner and has passed all the command tests in various situations, he or she might be ready for some fresh air in the great outdoors.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:12:58 PM EST5EDT
No surprise here, but September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. This seems pretty fitting for the month that sits right in the heart of hurricane season, especially this year with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma causing devastation in the Gulf Coast and Florida over the last few weeks.
But with the many stories surrounding the despair of some and heroics of others in Houston, Miami, Tampa Bay, etc., what has seemingly fallen through the cracks is the effort that was made by many to save their beloved family pets during mandatory evacuations.
A truly prepared pet owner develops a contingency plan that will ensure their pet’s safety during a natural disaster and/or a subsequent evacuation.
To help those who haven’t already prepared their pets for evacuation, here are some tips from Vet Supply Source to get you started.
It’s first important to know what natural disasters could affect your area. This will give you a better idea of what pet supplies you might need, how much you’ll need, and how to formulate your plan. Have a radio handy so that you can tune into your NOAA Weather local emergency station. Also monitor TV and other forms of media if there are indications that a natural disaster is approaching. It is also a good idea to sign up for mobile alerts and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area. You can download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations in the United States.
Have a Plan
Leaving a pet behind during an evacuation would be not only emotionally taxing, but it also could result in the animal being lost, injured or worse. Make a plan that helps your pet be as prepared to evacuate as you are. A good first step to your plan could be checking in with a neighbor or friend who lives nearby to see if they’d be willing to check on your pets or take care of your animals in the event that you are unable to get to them yourself.
Next, look up pet-friendly shelters in your area that will accommodate you and your pet(s). This is easier said than done because many emergency shelters cannot accept pets because of public health reasons. If you cannot find a pet-friendly shelter near you, look into pet hotels, animal hospitals or boarding facilities that could possibly watch your pet until you’re able to reconnect with them. Keep in mind that most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will require your pet’s medical records to make sure all of their vaccinations are up to date. Worse comes to worst, consider an out-of-town friend or relative to send your pet to for the time being.
Another, more advanced measure that pet owners can take is having their pet microchipped. Doing so can make looking up your address and phone number easy if your pet is lost.
Build a Kit
Putting together a kit for your pet will also go a long way in helping them survive, as well as keep them happy and comfortable during a stressful time. Your kit should include: food (at least a three-day supply in an airtight, waterproof container); water (at least three days’ worth and specifically for your pets); medicine and medical records; microchipping documents; first-aid kit; collar and leash; pet carrier; sanitation supplies; and some familiar items such as toys, treats and bedding.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:00:00 AM EST5EDT
July 15th may seem like any other ordinary day of the year but did you know it's recognized as National Pet Fire Safety Day? The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services launched the nationwide pet safety awareness program in 2009 and has since educated pet owners about potential safety risks that could happen when pets are home alone.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States respond to an average of 366,600 home fires per year and research points out that cooking equipment is the leading cause. But did you know that these fires aren't all caused by humans? Data from NFPA shows that nearly 1,000 fire incidents are started by the homeowner's pets and approximately 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires in general. With these statistics in mind, pet parents need to take some precautionary actions to ensure their pets are safe.
National Pet Safety Day is aimed to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership and how pet parents can plan for unexpected emergencies by enacting preventative measures that include ways to promote safety in the event of a house fire. When The American Kennel Club conducted a study with pet owners, 88% of them considered their pets to be beloved and valued family members, making National Pet Fire Safety Day even more important. Check out some tips that can improve your pets' safety when you aren't home!
- Pet Proof: Inspect you home for areas where pets may inadvertently might start fires – conceal loose wires, secure stove knobs, do not leave any items on kitchen counters near stove burners, keep flammable items away from fireplaces and any other hazards that could initiate a fire.
- Double Check: Every time you are preparing to leave you home, double check every single room and be sure to extinguish anything with a flame – candles, fireplaces, kitchen appliances, etc.
- Monitoring System: It's obvious that you should have smoke alarms affixed in multiple areas of your home, but if you should take it another step further by having a monitoring system connected to the smoke alarms. This way, any kind of potential fire could be immediately addressed before it gets out of control.
- Supplies: You should be sure your pets have collars with tags and if you have a dog, have leashes near exits. These dog supplies will help firefighters identify and handle any animals you have in your home in the event of a fire. Additionally, have a window cling on one of the front windows of your home that states how many pets you have inside. Firefighters are familiar with these signs and it'll give them a better idea of how to rescue them.
- Practice: A house fire can occur at any time, whether you are home or not, and you should practice an evacuation route with your pets if the need to escape ever arises.
Mark your calendars on July 15th as National Pet Fire Safety Day to serve as a reminder but be sure to keep these preventative measures in mind all year long!
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00:00 AM EST5EDT
Spring is here, which means that you can start to enjoy the outdoors with your favorite pooch again! While you may be excited at the prospect of all that quality time exercising and exploring, you'll need to give some thought to the safety of your pet. The great outdoors have their hazards, after all, and you don't want your fun time together to be ruined because you didn't take some basic precautions. Here are six things that you can do to ensure that your dog is safe when you head outside this spring!
1. Check their Paws after Walks
With the weather finally warming up, many of the roads and sidewalks will now be covered in leftover salt and snow-melting chemicals. As time goes on, these will be washed away by the rain, but for the moment they're still in evidence in some parts of the country – and being applied directly to your dog's feet every time you take them out. In order to keep your dog from licking these hazardous substances, inspect and wash their paws after every walk.
2. Don't use Sticks for Fetch
Heading outdoors to play fetch or a friendly game of tug-of-war with your dog can be fun, but don't use those sticks or branches left behind from winter. Sticks can damage your dog's mouth, as well as pose a choking hazard. Instead, use a rubber chew toy, Frisbee or tennis ball for springtime fun.
3. Start Tick Prevention Early
Unfortunately, warmer weather means bugs. Ticks can transmit diseases to your pet, and fleas are incredibly hard to get out of your house once they've started breeding and laying eggs. The good news about this as it relates to your dog is that you can avoid the problem entirely by taking some early preventative action. Pick up flea and tick prevention for dogs now, before they've hurt your pet or hitched a ride into your home.
4. Dogs Can Have Allergies Too
Dogs are just as susceptible to seasonal allergies as their owners are, so keep an eye out for any reactions. Things like pollen, flowering trees, dust, tulips, and even mold can spur an allergic reaction in a dog. Some of their symptoms could include sneezing, itching, coughing, oily-feeling fur, and flaky skin. If these symptoms persist, take your furry friend to visit the vet so that they can be properly diagnosed and allergy medicines can be recommended for them.
5. Watch Out for New Plants and Pesticides
As mentioned above, blooming flowers and plants are one of the defining characteristics of spring, but they can look like tempting treats to dogs. Many dogs are already fond of grass, but some other plants are harmful and even poisonous to them and can cause a variety of problems if digested, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and even death. Make it a habit to keep a close eye on your dog when outside and don't let them chew on anything that you aren't sure about. In addition, be careful about letting your dog eat the grass. While the grass itself isn't usually harmful to your dog, the pesticides that many people put on their lawns in spring are!
6. Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is almost a national event at this point, as people all over clean the clutter and dust that has accumulated in their homes over the winter. However, when you own a pet, you have to be a little more careful than most about the process. One of the best ways to do this is to use pet-friendly, non-toxic cleaners that won't harm your dog if they get into them or come in contact with areas that you just cleaned. Also, it's always smart to keep cleaning products stored in a safe location that is out of your dog's reach, for extra safety.
At Vet Supply Source, we want to help you keep your dog safe and healthy year round. Check out our preventative products and keep reading our blog for more tips on pet care!
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