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PLEASE DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN THE CAR!

PLEASE DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN THE CAR!

Every summer, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. 

In 20 minutes, the temperature in a car can rise almost 30ºF!

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Teaching Children About Dog Bites

When you're teaching children about dog bite prevention and how to be safe around dogs, keep it simple. Discuss animals, how we relate to them, and the role of animals in your family, not just how to avoid being bitten. If you have younger children, always supervise them around dogs and be mindful of how the child interacts with the dog so they learn to be gentle from the beginning.

Some easy tips that you can use to help kids understand the importance of respecting dogs and avoiding bites:

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Preparing for Disasters with your Pets

The AVMA publishes a great collection of disaster preparedness and evacuation plans for pets.

Have a pet carrier for transportation and temporary housing. Be sure your pet’s carrier is large enough for your dog or cat to stay in comfortably for a few days. If you evacuate to a shelter, your pets will have to spend most of their time in their crates. Cat owners should also plan on creating temporary litter boxes. These can be simply put together with a small cardboard box, plastic bags for liners, and litter.

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National Pet Week

The AVMA celebrates National Pet Week during the 1st week of May.  Below are some responsible pet owner tips that they shared online:

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Pet Dental Disease

Has your vet mentioned that your dog or cat is in need of a dental cleaning? Have you noticed your pets suffering from bad breath or dark, discolored teeth? Before you dismiss the idea of dental care for your pets, consider this: many of the diseases of “old age” in dogs and cats can be traced back directly to chronic infections in the mouth, including heart valve disease, kidney failure, liver failure, and bone/joint disease. There are approximately one-trillion bacteria living in just one gram of tartar in your pet’s mouth.

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Heartworms in Texas

Heartworms are a parasitic worm transmitted by mosquitoes, about the size of a piece of spaghetti, that live in the right side of the heart and associated blood vessels. It takes only a single bite from a mosquito carrying the parasite to contract the disease. Dogs and cats respond differently to heartworm infection. Dogs frequently get large numbers of worms in their hearts that can literally choke off blood flow and generally lead to slow, progressive heart failure and lung lesions.

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