Sacramento City/County Cooling Center Opening June 17-21

The official first day of summer is Tuesday, June 20th, but the heat has already arrived!

The heat is such a difficult time for our pets.  If possible bring your pets inside, and make sure they have access to fresh clean water.  Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated too!

Don’t leave your pet in a car alone, period.

The ground can cause severe damage to their paw pads, so please walk your dogs in the morning and late evening.

Also, we received the following information for the Sacramento City/County cooling center.  Pets are welcome too!

Due to the excessive heat warning, City and County of Sacramento officials are opening a cooling center at Hart Senior Center that is located at 915 27th Street in midtown Sacramento. The cooling center will allow people to get out of the heat from 1 – 8 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 17 through Wednesday, June 21. Water will be available and pets will be welcomed. With the triple digit temperatures, Sacramento County reminds you take steps to keep cool. Stay in air conditioned buildings whenever possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit public places, such as libraries, malls, community centers, if possible. You are also encouraged to drink plenty of cool water and to remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues. For a list of other cooling centers in the area, please call 2-1-1, or visit: http://www.211sacramento.org/211/2017/06/16/warm-weather-event-june-16-june-23-2017/ Please read the following heat safety tips: Sacramento Ready: http://www.sacramentoready.org/Emergencies/Pages/Heat.aspx City of Sacramento Heat: http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Living-Here/Summer-Heat SacCountyNews: http://bit.ly/2sEFsng Sacramento City Express: https://sacramentocityexpress.com/2017/06/16/updated-june-16-2017-in-wake-of-heat-wave-city-adds-to-list-of-community-daytime-cooling-centers/

Employer-sponsored pet insurance?

Pet Care by PetWatch 916According to the New York Times it appears more employers are slowly starting to offer pet health insurance for their employees.   It sounds like a great idea except there are a few things to consider before signing up.  https://nyti.ms/2rSZ6Lq

If you go to your veterinarian office, they may offer their own internal Wellness Plan, which is for preventative care only.  Most of those plans include annual shots, dental cleanings and x-rays, and they may offer a small discount for visits for sickness or injury.

Unfortunately for the pet parents of seniors, such as myself with my 15-year old Chihuahua; I had to ask if that type of plan would be beneficial for us.  Recently Mia had some tumors removed, and my veterinarian told me she would not survive another procedure under anesthesia.  A Wellness Plan for Mia would not make sense financially because she will never again be able to have a dental cleaning.

Dental cleanings are now performed by a veterinarian and under anesthesia.  In 2012, under California Assembly Bill 2304, the California Veterinary Medical Board decided anesthesia free dental cleanings are more dangerous than cleanings under anesthesia.  It is now illegal for anesthesia free cleanings to be offered.  http://www.10news.com/news/10news-examines-anesthesia-free-pet-dental-care

Then there is the second option of purchasing Insurance for injury and disease, and that does not include preventative care.  Given Mia’s age, she does not qualify for Insurance because she is a senior.

Over all these new plans are very cookie cutter-ish, and do not take an individual animal’s health into account.

As a person who does not care to hand over my hard earned money to an insurance carrier, I would definitely recommend discussing with your veterinarian about what would be the best option for your pets.  In the case of Mia, we’ll be paying cash for her medical care.

If your employer offered pet insurance, would you sign up?  We would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Dogs and Hot Weather

Summer is almost officially here, and with that comes the hot weather.  With every heat wave comes to debate about leaving our pets in cars and how to handle these situations.

As a member of the Paws on Patrol volunteer group with the Elk Grove Police Department, we received the following information:

Recent changes in California law allow for citizens to remove an animal from a vehicle under certain circumstances, these would  include animals being left unattended during certain weather conditions. However, allowing local authorities to assess the animal is the recommended plan of action. They have received extensive training and have experience related to animals overheating.

If action must be taken to prevent further suffering or death of an animal the law requires you to:

  1. Check to see if the vehicle doors are locked.
  2. Have a good faith belief that forcible entry is needed because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if it is not immediately removed from the vehicle, and, based upon the circumstances known to the person at the time, the belief is a reasonable one.
  3. You must contact local authorities, i.e. Animal Control, Fire Department, Police, etc. prior to forcibly entering the vehicle.
  4. Remain with the animal in a safe location, out of the elements but reasonably close to the vehicle, until an animal control, police officer, or other first aid responder arrives.
  5. Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the vehicle and remove the animal.
  6. You must immediately turn over the animal to an animal control representative or law enforcement official.

Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see an animal left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Call 916-714-5111 and have someone keep an eye on the animal. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

If the animal is removed please provide water to drink, and if possible spray the animal down with cool water. If you can place the animal inside a vehicle with the air condition on if waiting for animal control or police to arrive. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.

Estate Planning Seminar

I’m so happy to hear about this!  As a shelter volunteer, I have heard about a number of pets being surrendered to animal shelters after a pet parent unexpectedly passes.  Family and friends have no idea what to do with your pet, or they may not have the ability to help take care of them.  If your pet ends up in the shelter, then your pet is dealing with the loss of their best friend, home and people they are familiar with.

The Sacramento SPCA is offering a complimentary 90-minute Estate Planning Seminar with acclaimed special guest speaker Mark Drobny, Attorney at Law, Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, and member of The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Introduction to wills and trusts
  • Pet trusts
  • Planning for your pets to be taken care of after you are gone
  • How your advanced planning can enable the Sacramento SPCA to help other animals
  • Retirement and tax planning strategies
  • How to liquidate securities and real estate and pay no capital gains tax
  • How to take IRA distributions and pay little or no income tax on them

You should definitely take advantage of this opportunity if you have no plans in place for your pets after your passing.

For more information or to register for the event click here.

Dog Walking by PetWatch 916

Are you and your pets prepared to handle an emergency?

With all of the devastation happening from the fires in California to the flooding in Louisiana, it is a sad reminder that an emergency plan is a necessity.

Even for myself, I had a gas leak inside of my home and had to immediately remove my pets from inside of our home while we waited for the utility company to respond.

If you are not ready, here is a checklist to help you get started:

http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/disaster-emergency-plans-include-your-pets

chicken treats

Frozen Treats for Chickens

chicken treatsThis one is for our clients with chickens!

To help your feathered friends beat the heat, we found a couple of easy treats you can make in no time.

Click here for frozen ice cube fruit & mint treats from www.fresheggsdaily.com

Another easy idea we found on www.backyardchickens.com was to freeze corn in a muffin pan.

These are creative ideas that have probably inspired many people to create their own unique recipes.  Do you have any special treats that your pets love?  We would love to hear them!