4th of July Pet Care Tips
While we humans celebrate our nation’s independence, cats and dogs are tormented by the loud noises that accompany the holiday. Fearing for their lives and seeking
refuge, panicking pets have been known to bust through screen doors, dive out of windows, dig out of fenced yard and if they are lucky, end up in animal shelters as
strays. In fact, in 2010, Animal Humane saw a 70% increase over average stray pet surrenders during the week surrounding 4th of July.
Animal Humane New Mexico is strongly urging pet owners to keep their pets safe and calm this week by following a few simple tips:
- Keep your pet indoors, whether you are home or not.
- Provide ambient noise radio, A/C or TV work great.
- Make sure your pet has a collar & tag.
- Provide toys for comfort & distraction.
Summer Pet Care Tips
During the summer months in New Mexico, temperatures climb above 100 degrees across our state and it is important to keep your pets' safety in mind.
Follow these tips to ensure your pets remain happy and healthy all summer long:
- NEVER leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures inside a car will rise by 15-20 degrees in a matter of minutes and your pet could die. Whats more, it is illegal to leave your pet unattended in your car during hot summer months because it is so dangerous to their well-being. If you see a pet left in a car, dial 911 right away.
- Leave pets indoors whenever possible. If you cannot leave your pet indoors or allow them to have indoor/outdoor access, it is absolutely vital that you provide your pet with shade and plenty of water.
- Be sure your pet has proper I.D. Summertime gives everyone an itch for adventure, pets included. In the event your pet decides to head out on their own, be sure they are microchipped and wearing a collar with tags so you can be reunited with them quickly.
- Take your walks in the mornings or evenings. Pavement can reach temperatures of 125 degrees or hotter during midday hours, and will easily burn the pads of your pets' paws. Try to walk your pet during the cooler hours of the day.
- Protect your pet from heartworm. There has been a marked increase in heartworm among pets in New Mexico in recent years. During the summer months, your pet can easily contract heartworm from a mosquito bite if they are not protected. Heartworm is very often deadly once contracted, but can easily be prevented with medication you can obtain from your veterinarian or at our monthly Vaccination Clinic.
- Be aware of dangers posed by other critters. When taking your dog on hikes in wilderness, keep them on the trail. Dogs running off-trail are much more likely to be bitten by a rattlesnake or have a run-in with an assortment of potentially threatening creatures.