Pet Owner Alert: Don’t Leave Your Dog In The Car!

Link to Fox 12 video about dogs in cars and heat stroke

Now that summer is fully upon us, we pet owners need to remember that the days of being able to leave our dog in the car while we run errands are over – at least for a few months.

While I know leaving Jake in the car while I run into the dry cleaners or Stumptown for a moment isn’t the best habit to get into, it’s especially dangerous during the summer. Dogs can’t release heat by sweating the way we can, and older dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke. This video shows exactly how quickly a car in even moderate heat can become fatal for your pup.

Three Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe On July 4th

Patriotic dog carrying an American flag

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Independence Day is coming up, and with it, one of the most traumatic holiday celebrations for dogs – fireworks.

Many dogs react poorly to fireworks, but there are steps you can take to prevent harm or loss of your pet.

Make sure all pets are securely tagged and accurately microchipped. If the worst happens and your anxious dog or cat bolts, you’ll be glad you checked that their collars fit snugly and safely, and any contact information is up to date. You can also ask your vet to scan your dog ahead of time to ensure his microchip is still functioning, and has your current address and phone number associated with it.

Provide a safe place for pets to retreat. Needless to say, your dog should stay home from the fireworks display, preferably with a human companion. Your dog’s crate, a closet with a favorite bed or blanket, or other “den” will help your dog feel safe while bombs are bursting in air. It’s a good idea to keep curtains and blinds drawn, and windows and doors closed to minimize visual and audio stimulation.

Keep your dog occupied. A favorite toy, treat, or a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter can distract your pup from the cacophony outside.

How do you plan to keep your pets calm during the fireworks? We recently moved to a new neighborhood known for it’s illegal street displays of fireworks, and I’m hoping Jake keeps his cool in the basement!

Are You Ready For Take Your Dog To Work Day?

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Take Your Dog To Work Day is on Friday, June 22 – are you and your pup ready? As someone who gets to bring her dog to work every day, I know I’m spoiled. Pet Sitters International has been promoting Take Your Dog To Work Day since 1999 to raise awareness of how much dogs bring to our lives and to encourage adoption.

But before you bring Fido into your office, there are some things you should prepare for and keep in mind:

Ask permission. This is the first step, and the most important. Ask HR if you can bring your dog to work, and ask your coworkers if they’re allergic or afraid of dogs.

Make your dog a good canine coworker. Has your pup had his shots? A bath? Is he potty trained? You love your dog, but not everyone else does. Make sure people will want to be around your dog.

Follow the rules. Portland advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy permits employees to bring their dogs to work, as long as they’re non-agressive, potty trained, and on a 6′ leash. You can work on acclimating your dog to a stimulating workplace by bringing him to coffee shops or other dog-friendly places where he can get used to being around new people.

Over-pack for dog’s day out. Be sure to bring any food your dog may need to stay on his regular feeding schedule, a water bowl, special treats, poop bags, toys or rawhides to keep him occupied, and a leash to tether him to your desk or other immovable object if you have to leave him unattended. Don’t tie him to a rolling office chair – I’ve seen an eighty pound Rhodesian Ridgeback drag one across an office and down stairs in pursuit of his master!

Some people just aren’t dog people. If your coworkers seem afraid or avoidant of your dog, don’t press the issue. Be considerate of peoples’ time and space – you are at work, after all.

Keep temptations out of reach. Candy jars and low, uncovered trash cans are not uncommon in offices. It’s not your coworkers’ responsibility to keep your dog out of their lunch, so take the time to dog-proof your work space beforehand.

Have an escape hatch. Your dog may get bored during your work day. Make sure you have open time in your schedule to take him to a nearby park or grassy area for a game of fetch or potty time.