Hot dog—we have a wiener! Summer is a haze of fun for humans and hounds alike. Our furry friends love to join in the flurry of activity, whether we’re having summer picnics, taking summer nature walks, or going for a summer swim. One thing to be mindful of, though, is that warmer weather can be dangerous for a pup. Dogs barely break a sweat, and they regulate their temperatures almost solely through panting. (Ever see every dog ever breathe through an open-mouthed smile with a rolling tongue? That’s why.) Check out summer safety tips for dogs and learn how to keep your dog cool this summer.
NEVER leave your pup in a hot car
This is one of the most obvious summer safety tips for dogs, but it’s super-critical (not to be confused with ‘supercritical’—which, as a fitting aside, pertains to fluid at a greater temperature/pressure than its critical temperature) and bears repeating. You can justify it all you want—“oh, there are no dogs allowed here” or “I’ll only be a few minutes”—but these are ultimately excuses for compromising your dog’s safety. A: if there are no dogs allowed, you’ll just have to come back another time. B: a few minutes is all it takes before your dog can develop heatstroke or suffocate. If you wouldn’t do it to a baby, don’t do it to a fur baby. Just don’t leave your dog in a hot car. Glad we got that out of the way early.
Protect your dog against fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other six-legged parasites
Summertime is a happy time for most—unfortunately, that includes six-legged parasites. As humans, we can roll on the insect repellant, but this is not as simple for your furry bestie. There are a number of ways to protect your pup from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, and you should do what you can. Parasitic infestation can be a slippery slope to heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. Unfortunately, these diseases are transferrable to humans, too. Keep your pup protected to keep the whole family safe.
Spare a thought for the paws
What’s the warmest part of a dog? You may be surprised to learn that it’s the part without fur—well, some of the time. We discussed earlier how dogs regulate body temperature by panting. There is another way to do this, and it’s through the paw pads. Imagine walking on hot asphalt with bare feet. In the summertime, this can be a dog’s every day. They don’t have little dog shoes and it’s one of the few times their skin makes direct contact with anything. And because dogs barely sweat, if their paw pads overheat, they probably will, too.
How do we resolve this? Keep your dog off hot asphalt or metal when possible. If your asphalt path runs along grass or dirt, consider letting your dog walk slightly off-path. Even better, choose a walk with minimal asphalt or hot surface. Definitely don’t let your dog ride in the back of a metal truck—road safety issues aside.
Provide ample shade and fresh water
‘Seek shade’ is part of the super-patriotic Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide campaign we all know and love. It’s good advice, it’s free to do, and even more critical for dogs. As we have established throughout this post, dogs have limited ways to regulate their body temperature. Whenever possible, keep your dog in a shaded area. By avoiding direct sunlight, dogs better protect themselves against overheating and—worse—heatstroke. It’s also important to keep the drinks flowing. Not only does water provide essential hydration, but it’s also one of the ways to keep your dog cool. Refill your dog’s bowl throughout summer, even when it’s not yet empty. Fresh water certainly beats the lukewarm variant.
Gift your dog a ‘fur kiddy’ pool
Because dogs regulate their temperature through their paw pads, it only follows that a kiddy pool would be a great way to cool down the body. Let your fur kid take a paddle in their own pool. This will not only feel cool underfoot, but it will look totally adorable.
Don’t overestimate your dog’s swimming abilities
Some dogs take to water like ducks to…well, water. Others need to work on their doggy paddle. If you have a pool in your backyard, ensure it’s fenced off. Not unlike children, you shouldn’t allow a dog to swim without supervision. If the dog can access the pool without assistance, then it’s not fenced off enough.
For extra protection around the water, why not try one of our dog swim jackets? Available in nine different designs, these extra buoyant foam jackets contain a double-velcroed neck strap. So not do these assist in keeping your dog afloat, but they also help to keep heads above water…literally.
Luna wearing one of Stylish Hound dog swim jackets in the Tropical design.
You’ll notice that all nine of designs are bright, colourful, and eye-catching. Not only does this look super stylish, but it also optimises canine visibility. Should your dog float out of sight, just make like a bower bird and follow the bright object. Who knew that safety and style could go together? This is totally our thing. It could be yours, too. Grab a dog swim jacket in your favourite design today.
Don’t assume your doggy has a furry shield against UV
That’s right: dogs can sustain sunburn, too. Short-haired and light-coloured doggos are especially at risk. (Unsure if this means that a snow-white samoyed’s long hair will cancel out the extra risk. Doge maths is vague.)
Though their fur coat provides greater protection against the sun, it’s not foolproof. Like us, dogs can sustain painful sunburn, which increases the risk of skin cancer. The best solution to this is dog-friendly sunscreen! Please note that not all sunscreen will work on favourite fur kids. Speak to your vet about what’s cool for canines.
Embrace the exercise routine!
We all may be a little guilty of neglecting the exercise routine throughout winter. Falling into this trap is very easy. However, once summer rolls around, you’ll have no excuse! (Apart from maybe the opposite problem. Exercising in hot temperatures can come with its own issues, but we digress.)
Provided it’s not a scorcher (and your dog can keep their little footsies cool enough), use the warmer weather to your advantage and embrace the old exercise routine! Summer has many opportunities for nature walks or swimming—all of which your dog can join in on. Just be careful not to go too far in the other direction. Overexertion is a very real thing for dogs. Like you, they’ll also need to break it up with rest periods. If your dog is overweight or easing back into exercise, speak to your vet about appropriate exercise durations.
Use the leash
For dogs, summer is a sensory feast of barbecue smells, people playing outside, other dogs and critters frolicking nearby, and new, exciting locations. Dogs take in every last drop of stimuli around them, so they may be in for sensory overload or overexcitement. If your dog is jumpy—or not super responsive to their name—it’s best to keep them on a leash. (Many public spaces legally require dogs to be on leashes, anyway.) Even if the area permits off-leash dog walking, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
How do you have a leash with two clips? Like so! Introducing our Multi-Function Leash in the Newtown design.
Need a new leash? We have you covered in the Stylish Hound online store. Choose from our classic, obedience, or multi-function varieties. What is the difference between all three, you ask? Well, classic leashes are unadorned leashes without the bells and whistles—unless super stylish designs count as extra embellishments. Our Cruise Control Obedience Leashes are for dogs who love to pull. It features a ruched elastic function, absorbent of any sudden movements or jolts. Pair these with one of our No-Pull Harnesses to really keep a dog in line.
Our Multi-Function Leashes, on the other hand, are double-clipped (as opposed to single-clipped with a handle). Use this for better-angled control of your dog, walking two dogs at once, or walking a dog hands-free. How do you walk a dog hands-free? By attaching one of the buckles to our treat pouches, of course. If you want to walk the dog with increased flexibility, then our Multi-Function Leash may just be for you. All of our leashes are available in funky (or monochromatic, if that’s more your thing) designs. Your dog will be the slickest puppy on the sidewalk.
The Importance of Emergency Veterinarian Services: What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Imagine this scenario: it’s late at night, and your beloved pet suddenly falls ill or gets injured. In moments like these, having access to emergency veterinary services can make all the difference between a successful outcome and a potential tragedy. As a responsible pet owner, being prepared for such emergencies is crucial. Let’s delve into the importance of emergency veterinarian service and what every pet owner should know to ensure their furry companions receive timely care when they need it most.
Common Emergencies That Require Immediate Veterinary Care
As a pet owner, being aware of common emergencies that require immediate veterinary care is crucial for the well-being of your furry companion.
One common emergency is trauma from accidents or falls, which can lead to internal injuries or broken bones. Another serious issue is ingestion of toxic substances like chocolate, xylitol, or certain plants that are harmful to pets.
Severe vomiting or diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours can indicate a potentially dangerous underlying problem. Difficulty breathing, sudden collapse, or seizures are also red flags that warrant immediate veterinary attention.
Other emergencies include heatstroke during hot weather and sudden bloating in large breed dogs known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), both requiring urgent medical intervention.
Recognizing these common emergencies early and seeking prompt veterinary care can make a significant difference in the outcome for your beloved pet.
The Role of an Emergency Veterinarian
Emergency veterinarians play a crucial role in providing immediate medical care to pets in critical situations. They are trained professionals who excel in handling urgent cases and making quick decisions under pressure.
Their primary responsibility is to assess the pet’s condition swiftly, diagnose the issue accurately, and administer prompt treatment to stabilize the animal. Emergency veterinarians are skilled at performing emergency surgeries, managing trauma cases, and providing life-saving interventions when necessary.
These dedicated individuals work around the clock, including nights, weekends, and holidays, ensuring that pet owners have access to essential veterinary care at all times. Their expertise and quick thinking can make a significant difference in saving a pet’s life during an emergency.
Emergency veterinarians also communicate effectively with pet owners, explaining the situation clearly, discussing treatment options, and offering compassionate support during distressing times. Their commitment to animal welfare is unwavering as they strive to provide the best possible care for every furry patient that comes through their doors.
The Benefits of Having Access to Emergency Veterinary Services
Having access to emergency veterinary services can be a lifesaver for your furry companion. In times of crisis, knowing that help is available around the clock brings peace of mind to pet owners. Emergency veterinarians are trained to handle urgent situations promptly and effectively, providing critical care when every minute counts.
One of the key benefits of emergency veterinary services is the specialized expertise these professionals bring to the table. From diagnosing severe illnesses to treating traumatic injuries, their skills are essential in saving lives. The availability of advanced medical equipment at emergency clinics also allows for quick diagnostics and necessary interventions.
Additionally, having access to emergency vet services means you can receive guidance on how to best care for your pet during an unexpected health issue. These experts offer valuable advice on post-treatment care and monitoring, ensuring your pet’s continued well-being even after leaving the clinic.
Being able to rely on emergency veterinary services ensures that your beloved pet receives timely and expert care in moments of crisis – a priceless benefit for any pet owner.
Importance of Knowing Your Nearest Emergency Veterinary Clinic
When it comes to our beloved pets, emergencies can happen unexpectedly. Knowing the location of your nearest emergency veterinary clinic is crucial in ensuring prompt and effective care for your furry friend. In times of crisis, every minute counts, and having quick access to professional help can make a significant difference in the outcome.
Familiarizing yourself with the route to the emergency vet clinic beforehand can save you precious time during an urgent situation. Being prepared will not only reduce stress but also enable you to act swiftly when your pet needs immediate attention. Additionally, understanding the services offered at the emergency clinic will give you peace of mind knowing that your pet will receive high-quality care in critical moments.
Having knowledge about your nearest emergency veterinary clinic’s contact information and operating hours is essential for seamless communication and coordination during emergencies. Remember, being proactive by identifying these vital details ahead of time could potentially be a lifesaver for your cherished companion.
Tips for Preparing for a Pet Emergency
Having access to emergency veterinarian services is crucial for every pet owner. Knowing the common emergencies that require immediate care, understanding the role of an emergency veterinarian, and recognizing the benefits of having these services available can make a significant difference in your pet’s well-being.
By knowing your nearest emergency veterinary clinic and preparing for a potential pet emergency, you can ensure that you are ready to act swiftly if the need arises. Remember, being proactive and informed is key when it comes to keeping your furry friend safe and healthy during times of crisis. Stay prepared, stay informed, and prioritize your pet’s health by having a plan in place for any unforeseen emergencies that may arise. Your beloved companion deserves nothing less than the best care possible.
The Impact of Animal Welfare Organizations on Communities
Animal rescue efforts are essential for local communities because they help save animals’ lives and promote policies that prevent animal cruelty. They can also provide educational opportunities to community members.
Stakeholder networks must be resilient to the disturbances that inevitably affect their work. Ideally, they can adapt to these disturbances without losing their identity or purpose.
Animal welfare organizations frequently advocate to champion policies benefiting animals and humans. Examples include collaborating with lawmakers to promote responsible pet ownership, eliminate breed-discriminatory laws, and develop more humane housing options for pets. Some organizations, such as The Humane Society of New York (HSNY), a non-profit dedicated to animal welfare, extend their efforts beyond advocacy. HSNY provides essential and emergency medical services for cats and dogs, offering shelter and day-to-day care for rescued animals until suitable owners can be found. Additionally, animal welfare organizations undertake community programs, such as hosting low-cost spay/neuter clinics, organizing adoption fairs, and implementing no-kill initiatives to achieve shelter save rates of 90% or higher.
Some of the most successful advocates work in countries with established farmed animal movements that are more willing to accept and support activist tactics like street protests and other high-profile campaigns that generate media attention. However, talented and well-prepared individuals can get involved with farmed animal advocacy even in countries where these strategies could be more effective. This could include working as a volunteer or offering to act in a temporary care role, such as a foster home for a farm animal.
Educating the Community
Many animal control and field services officers believed community outreach was essential to their organizations. These officers felt that a focus on providing events for the public to interact with them personally increased community trust and led to positive outcomes for animals and people alike.
Officers also identified a need to continue outreach programs such as pet food pantries and community cats. Other resources that could be added included community veterinary clinics, free or low-cost spay/neuter services, and training for animal behaviorists.
These programs can address human inequities that limit access to pet care and veterinary services, contributing to the risk of shelter relinquishment. In addition, research has shown that community stressors such as economic disadvantage, poverty, crime, crowded housing, and high percentages of female-headed households are related to higher levels of reported animal cruelty. Providing pet support services may be an effective strategy for addressing these social stressors. This study’s findings can help these organizations establish and manage programs that benefit their communities and the animals within them.
The ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers is a critical component of an animal welfare organization. A thriving volunteer program helps reduce staffing shortages and overwork, which can lead to burnout among animal shelter personnel and volunteers.
Although there are many books on general volunteer management, there needs to be more specific information available for animal care and control organizations on how to recruit and retain volunteers. This specialized manual fills that gap.
Community engagement is essential to addressing the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect. Research shows that areas with higher levels of human economic stress have higher rates of stray intake and euthanasia. Providing pet support services, such as food and supplies, low-cost veterinary care, training assistance, fences, and crates, in communities with financial distress is a critical way to improve access to the resources needed to keep pets healthy and thriving.
Animal welfare organizations depend on donors to fund their operations, and these supporters can be a crucial resource for helping animals. Faunalytics has researched how people support animal-focused causes and found that donating to an organization with a clear mission is associated with higher satisfaction levels for the donor.
Officers also discussed community engagement and how it related to their work. Many officers described the need for a more collaborative approach with their community. Some pointed out that there is a need for more resources to help with outreach and education and to allow officers the opportunity to interact with the public.
Other officers noted that “trap neuter return” (TNR) programs have positively impacted trust in the community and reduced the number of healthy cats euthanized. However, some officers indicated that they struggle to get support from their supervisors and leadership (“they should do more”) and from other local animal control and field service organizations and governments (“wish they had a different perspective”). This is an area where partnerships can be beneficial.
Ways You Can Support Animal Welfare in Your Community
Animal shelters and rescue groups do so much for pets and people, often with limited resources. Please show them your appreciation by donating your time, items, or money.
Every animal welfare organization has bills to pay, including veterinary care, food, and supplies. Monetary donations help with daily operations, training, animal housing upgrades, and community outreach programs.
Donate to a Shelter
Many local animal welfare programs and shelters rely on monetary donations to continue their work in the community. Donations help fund staff, supplies, and housing upgrades. Donations can also allow shelters to offer fee-free pet adoptions during a certain period to alleviate overcrowding and increase adoptions.
Check with your local shelter to see what physical items they need. Many have wish lists that can be viewed on their social media pages or websites to ensure your donation is most beneficial to the organization.
Often, the best way to donate is through a fundraiser. Hosting your fundraiser can help you greatly impact the lives of needy animals. The funds raised can be used for anything from staff training to pet food.
Millions of dogs and cats come into animal shelters nationwide each year, and sadly, many of them will never be adopted. One way to assist is by offering your services as a volunteer at a nearby shelter or rescue group, such as Virginia Chipurnoi does. Whether walking dogs, socializing cats, or assisting with adoptions, your time is greatly appreciated!
Other volunteer opportunities include implementing trap-neuter-return for community cats (TNR), helping to raise funds, and supporting ongoing fundraisers. Check-in with your local shelter to see what their current needs are.
You can also become a vocal advocate for animals in your community by boycotting companies that experiment on animals and stores that promote pet mills, speaking out against cruelty, and voting for bills that will protect animal welfare. Incorporate these activities into your daily routine to prioritize animal welfare and give voiceless animals a fighting chance.
Adopt a Pet
Getting involved with your local animal shelter or rescue group is a great way to support animals and their well-being. Depending on the organization, you can volunteer, donate items, or even foster pets! Fostering is where you take in a pet temporarily to help ease overcrowding.
Each year, 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, and puppies are euthanized because there aren’t enough homes for them. Adopting from a shelter or rescue helps to break this cycle!
Supporting animal welfare can also mean promoting compassion towards animals and educating others to be responsible with their pets. Reporting cruelty is essential to helping fight this issue and ensuring that animals are treated respectfully. Nipping this problem in the bud is crucial for their long-term health and happiness.
You can help end cruelty by donating to local shelters and volunteering. You can also spread the word about responsible pet ownership and support initiatives to strengthen animal anti-cruelty laws.
If you witness abuse or neglect, it’s important to report it immediately. Signs of abuse can include untreated wounds, thinness or lack of food, and behavioral signs like aggression, fear, withdrawal, and more. Providing detailed information and photos can assist the police and other authorities when investigating suspected cruelty. Reporting animals in need can also help protect yourself; state law provides legal indemnity for veterinarians who act to stop the mistreatment of pets and other animals. Including animal welfare in your community’s daily lives helps prioritize animals, and it can start at home by teaching children about compassion and respect for all living creatures.
From shelter pets to wildlife, all animals need our help sometimes. Volunteering, fostering, and making a donation are just a few ways that you can help.
Building a coalition of animal welfare and social service organizations is another way to increase the number of animals your community can greatly help. Coalitions can help prevent duplication of efforts and ensure that your community works together to address the issues.
Talk to your local lawmakers about policies that prioritize animal welfare. They can be a huge factor in shaping the future of your community. Encourage them to support cage-free products, ask restaurants to stop serving shark fin soup, and promote humane education. It’s the small changes that make a difference.
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- The Impact of Animal Welfare Organizations on Communities
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