Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Summer is here and that means more activities are happening outdoors – picnics, backyard barbeques, hikes, pool and beach days, cool evening strolls…. endless opportunities to spend quality time with your eager furry companion.   We love when you bring pets along for the fun, but some important safety measures should be taken to keep them safe and cool while the weather heats up. Below are five tips to remember this summer:

  1. Avoid Hot Ground

Dark asphalt traps the sun’s heat and can easily burn your pets’ paws. Avoid the pain by keeping your pets on lighter pavement or grass.

  1. Stay Hydrated

If you bring your pet along for the fun, make sure you have water on hand to avoid dehydration if you cannot be sure it will be available. If they stay home while you are out, plan ahead to ensure they have as much water as they will need while you’re gone.

  1. Watch Out for Poisonous Plants

Being outdoors more often provides more opportunity to come in contact with many of the common plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. Look over the list of toxic plants and keep the animal poison control phone number handy just in case.

  1. No Hot Cars

You wouldn’t sit in a hot car on a hot day so your pet shouldn’t either. If you can’t take them inside with you, don’t bring them at all. Leaving them in a hot car can be dangerous and even deadly.

  1. Time Your Walks

Daily walks are great for exercise. Time your walks around the sun to avoid overheating by going in the morning or the evening.

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Pet Owners Prefer Tougher Breeder Standards Over Pet-Sale Bans



By an overwhelming margin, America’s dog and cat owners say the best way to crack down on illegal puppy mill operators is not to ban the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores, as a handful of local communities have done, but rather to enact and enforce tougher breeder standards (67% vs. 33%). The Pet Leadership Council, a coalition of pet industry leaders championing responsible pet ownership, commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to determine Americans views on puppy mill regulations. Results are in:

  • Nine in ten (89%) U.S. adults say the solution to puppy mills is to have tougher breeder standards that crack down on illegal operators
  • Four in five (81%) U.S. adults say banning dog sales entirely at pet stores will not stop puppy mills from continuing
  • 92% of U.S. adults report follow-up visits to breeders are needed to ensure regulations are being followed to avoid puppy mills
  • Over six in ten (63%) U.S. adults own a pet; 59% own a cat and/or dog

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Pets Add Life’s Newest Talking Animal Video

Houston, the latest Pets Add Life video has landed! Watch as this talkative mouse realizes the gravity of his situation when he goes where no mouse has gone before in search of a pal to talk to.

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Bringing Home Your Second Pet

Across America, you’ll find thousands of families with two pet households. The reason? Well, there isn’t just one. Some pet owners will tell you it’s so their dog or cat can have a companion while others say that by adopting a second pet, they’re helping decrease the percentage of pets without homes. No matter the exact reason, one thing is certain, bringing home a second pet can be extremely beneficial and rewarding, but it’s important to consider a few things first.

Take, for example, this scenario. You have a wonderful pup at home but you’re concerned that, during your workday, he or she is lonely or inactive. A second dog could help this situation immensely. Dogs are social animals, and chances are good that the two will play together while you’re out and about.

To help ensure the dogs get along, you’ll want to consider the following:

* Adding a second female pup is usually ill advised

* Most dog breeds get along best with their own breed

* With two males, it’s a good idea to have at least one of them neutered to minimize dominance issues

Additionally, when adding a second animal, no matter the species, it’s always a good idea to ask these questions:

  1. Is your existing pet good with other pets?
  2. Have you budgeted for a second pet?
  3. Do you want to travel with both pets? In the case of dogs, some pet friendly locations are reluctant to take two pups, and boarding two dogs will cost more.
  4. If necessary, are you prepared to train two pets?
  5. What is your main motivation for wanting another pet?

Adding a second pet is a special time, particularly if you adopt. Not only are you making a world of difference and changing the life of a new animal for the better, but you’re also contributing to the well being of your first pet.  Not to mention, studies show that pets add to your life, so a double dose can’t be a bad thing!

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