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Jul 21

Keep Pets Safe as Temperature Rise

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This weekend the heat of summer is predicted to reach dangerous levels. The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area. With humidity expected to top 100 degrees, it is vital you keep yourself and your pets in a cool area.

If you have witnessed any animal that has been outdoors for an extended period of time and who is not protected from the sweltering heat, please call the Humane Society’s cruelty/neglect hotline at (855) PETS-911 or (855) 738-7911. For all dogs left outdoors, you can also call the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457. Let’s work together to keep all of our pets safe this summer!

As temperatures continue to rise outside, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton recommends these quick and easy steps to keep your animals safe this summer.

  1. Supply water – Have fresh, clean water available at all times to keep your pets hydrated and cool in the heat.
  2. Offer shelter – Providing shelter from the sun will help keep your animals cooler and out of harm’s way. Whether it is a covered structure or a shaded area, make sure that if your animals are outside, they have a place to escape from the direct sun.
  3. Keep air flowing freely – Avoid putting your pets in an enclosed shelter during hot weather. Air cannot flow freely and the temperature inside the enclosure can become very hot and harmful, very quickly.
  4. Avoid leaving pets in vehicles – Animals can overheat very fast and in just a few minutes the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels for your pet, which could lead to heat-related health problems.
  5. Exercise in mornings or evenings – During these hot temperatures it is safer for your pets to take walks during the morning or evening hours. This way the sun is not at its peak and temperatures are more manageable for animals.
  6. Keep coolants and chemicals away - Using coolants or lawn chemicals in the summer can be harmful to your pets. If ingested, these types of materials can make your pets sick or may even kill them. Keep these items out of your pet’s reach.
  7. Groom your pets – If you have longhaired animals, help them beat the heat and stay cool by grooming them. Besides haircuts, brushing your pets regularly will help them stay tangle free and will allow air to reach their skin more easily.
  8. Be aware of problems – If your pet is panting excessively, lethargic, showing signs of stress or exhibiting a change in their behavior they may be suffering from heat-related problems. If you notice any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.
  9. Find ways to cool down pets – Whether it is a dip in a lake or filling up a baby pool in your backyard, letting pets take a dip helps to keep them cooler as temperatures rise. 
Jun 29

Have a Safe Fourth of July with Pets

With the red, white and blue of the Fourth of July you may also be thinking of cookouts, lounging outside with friends and family and of course fireworks. Although this holiday can be relaxing and fun for your family, it can be stressful and scary for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep your pet relaxed and healthy during your Fourth of July festivities.

 

Watch What They Eat

With so many cookouts planned for the Fourth, it is easy for your pets to hop up and grab themselves a special treat. It is also more tempting to feed your pets a scrap or two from your plate so they feel part of the festivities. Resist these temptations. By keeping your pets away from raw foods and by feeding them their normal diet, you are helping your pet’s digestive system. Changing even one meal for your pet can give them diarrhea or severe indigestion. Plus, there are many common foods that people eat such as onions, chocolate, avocados, grapes and raisons that can be very toxic to animals.

Avoid the Repellent

Bugs can be a nuisance to you and your pet while enjoying the outdoors. However, don’t be tempted to apply bug or insect repellent to your pet unless it specifically says that it is pet-friendly. If your pet ingests this product, they can suffer many side effects such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or excessive thirst. Also products containing DEET can lead to neurological problems in your pets. These same issues can also arise with the use of sunscreen, so please make sure anything you apply to your pet is specifically pet-friendly.

Don’t Leave Alcohol Unattended

Alcohol can be poisonous to your pets. If it is consumed, your pet can become very intoxicated, weak, depressed or even go into a coma. In severe cases, respiratory failure can occur and may even result in death.

Avoid the Fireworks

Not only can loud fireworks scare your pets, making them more likely to run away or hide, the use of home fireworks can pose the risk of burns to your curious pets. Many fireworks contain toxic substances that could be lethal if ingested. If your pet is scared of fireworks, try to make the evening as calm as possible for them. Keep them at home and don’t take them to Fourth of July festivities. Make sure to keep them in an escape-proof area where they can feel safe and out of harm’s way. Play some calming music to drown out the boom of the fireworks and provide them with some familiar items such as their bed or toys to let them feel comforted.

ID Your Pets

With so much commotion and loud noises associated with the Fourth of July, pets may run away or become lost in an attempt to hide. Make sure your pets stay safe and are returned to you if they become lost. Have an identification collar on your pets that clearly has a number to call if they are found. In addition, it is important to microchip your pets. Microchipping your pet takes just minutes to do. It is just a little chip (the size of a grain of rice) that goes under your pet’s skin. If your pet arrives to a shelter or vet’s office, the chip can be scanned and your contact information will pop up allowing them to notify you that they found your pet.


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 114 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

May 1

It's Time to UnLEASH the Change!

Dear Friends,

Since the Humane Society of Greater Dayton opened its doors in 1902, it has been our goal to improve the lives of animals and people within our community. We have accomplished many milestones throughout the years and in more recent times we have become a no-kill facility.

We have implemented many proactive programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return to effectively and ethically decrease the number of free-roaming cats; and expanded adoption locations including our own cat adoption store, the MeowZa Cat Boutique at the Dayton Mall.

Our organization is on the forefront of addressing animal-related issues occurring within the Miami Valley. Over the years, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has seen an ever-increasing need to:

  • Tackle our community pet overpopulation
  • Expand our ability to care for animals who are abused
  • Provide more homes for pets in need
  • Assist struggling families in taking better care of their pets

As many of you know, our current facility is at capacity and we are challenged by a growing need to help more animals. For the past year, we’ve been developing a dynamic strategic plan to further address our
community’s needs.

I am delighted to share the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be working with our community and our partners to transform animal welfare in the Miami Valley. This means more spay/neuters, more help for abused and neglected animals, more adoptions and more help for struggling families trying to care for their furry family members.

It’s time to UnLEASH the Change!

Over the next few months we will be sharing with you our long-term vision for transforming animal welfare within the Miami Valley. Please see the conceptual images we have developed. We are excited to work with you to make this vision a reality! Join us and be part of the change!

Apr 15

Volunteers: We Can't Do it Without You

Have you ever taken a moment and asked yourself, what is a volunteer? Yes, we all know that volunteers are individuals or groups who help organizations, but have you ever really stopped to think about this concept?

Volunteers are people who embody the word generous. These individuals take time, one of the most precious things we have on this earth, and choose to spend it helping others. They do not ask for anything in return. They are willing to do anything you need help with. They will clean cages, bathe pets, work on weekends, organize closets, train dogs and much more. They truly do it all, but why.

In the great words of Erma Bombeck:

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another.”

At the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, we are honored to have hundreds of volunteers who have the biggest hearts around! They do so much for our organization and never ask for anything in return. They invest so much energy. They invest so much time. They invest so much love. They don’t do this work because they want recognition. They don’t do this work because they want a hefty paycheck. They do this work because of their passion for animals. They do this work to give back and help someone who needs a hand. They don’t ask questions, they just give their time and energy and heart.

Volunteers, you are the truest form of inspiration and we are so lucky to have you as part of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton family. Each and every one of you are true treasures to our organization and words cannot express the sincere gratitude we have for everything you do. Thank you for helping us impact the lives of thousands of pets each year.

Mar 7

Make a Pet Feel Lucky, Adopt

DogInGrassWho needs a four-leaf clover or some leprechauns to feel lucky? You know what can make this St. Patrick’s Day lucky for you and for a pet in need? Choose to adopt! Adding a new pet to your household can be an exciting and life-changing time for your family. With many avenues out there for finding pets, adopting a one-of-a-kind pet from your area animal shelter should be at the top of your list. Here are just a few reasons why you should adopt a shelter pet.

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