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.

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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

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Dog Walking by PetWatch 916Now that outdoor temperatures are rising, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe from the heat.  Click on the link below for some good information from Petfinder.com:

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Have you seen a dog left alone in a car on a hot day?  Click on the link below to find out how you can help a rescue a dog from a hot car:

4 Easy Steps to Help Dogs in Cars

Are you an emergency first responder? You need to read this!

Pet Sitting for PetWatch 916Last night I received a phone call from a panicked firefighter who is also pet parent of a dog.  He received an emergency call to come into work immediately, and he needed someone to take care of his dog while he was away for work for the next few days.

Are you an emergency first responder and have found yourself in a similar situation before?

Let PetWatch 916 help remove the stress of finding a boarding facility or a friend to check on your pets!

By using our pet sitting service you will not need to impose upon busy friends, family or neighbors, especially at a moment’s notice.

You will not need to worry about scheduling pick up and drop off times at a boarding facility since we come to you.  There is no travel trauma, and minimal possible exposure to illness from other animals.

Your pets will be able to stay in familiar surroundings, and maintain their regular diet and exercise routines.

We practice high standards for cleanliness, and will leave your home clean and organized so you won’t even know we were there.

You will arrive home with your pets happily greeting you at the door.

PetWatch 916 is happy to send you updates via phone calls, text messages or e-mails.  We can also post photos of your happy pets on our Facebook page or our website Blog.

Need another reason to call?  We provide an extra layer of security by providing the look of your home being occupied and not vacant.  We will pick up newspapers, mail, rotate interior lights, turn your porch light on at night, and roll your trash cans out on trash days.  Having your dogs at home also deters would-be thieves!

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P.S.  Work long days and want your dog to t a bit of exercise?  We also provide dog walking services!

How PetWatch 916 can help you with your travel plans!

Pet Sitting by PetWatch 916

We still have pet sitter availability for the summer vacation season!

It’s not too early to make your winter holiday season reservations either.

Call us today to schedule your free consultation or book your next pet sitter reservation at (916) 520-4738.

As summer vacation season is now in full swing, most families have vacations planned, or may be planning last minute vacations.

Things to consider when making travel plans:

  • Where you are going?
  • What you are going to do?
  • Where will your beloved pets stay?

Let PetWatch 916 help remove the stress of finding a boarding facility or a friend to check on them!

We provide in-home care for your animals so that you can enjoy your trip without worrying how your pets are doing.  We are happy to send you updates and let you know how your pets are doing.  We can call you, send e-mails or text messages, or post photos of your happy pets on our Facebook page or website Blog.

We also remove the extra travel time from having to transport your pet to and from a boarding facility, and save you money in gas.  You will be able to arrive home and have your pets happily waiting for you.

Need another reason to call?  We provide an extra layer of security by providing the look of your home being occupied and not vacant.  We will pick up newspapers, mail, rotate interior lights, turn your porch light on at night, and roll your trash cans out on trash days.  Having your dogs at home also deters would-be thieves!

We can provide one to three visits  per day, or can stay at your house overnight or 24/7.  We will ensure that your pets will receive individual attention, will maintain their normal routine, and be comfortable while you are away.

Don’t worry if you are a little protective over your pets, we understand!  We can provide you with excellent references.  Check out our reviews on Yelp as well at http://www.yelp.com/biz/petwatch-916-elk-grove

Contact us today for a free consultation at (916) 520-4738!

P.S.  Work long days and want your dog to get a bit of exercise?  We also provide dog walking services!

Meet a sweet and deaf Staffordshire Terrier named Mozart!

staffordshire terrierWhile volunteering at the shelter this weekend, I had the opportunity to meet this special deaf Staffordshire Terrier named Mozart that is available for adoption.  I wanted to help him get some exposure so he can find his forever home.

Mozart is a wonderful and mellow puppy!  He is a special guy that is deaf and will need a family who is willing to treat him a little differently than most dogs.  Mozart is very well behaved for being just 5 months old, he gets along with other dogs, and loves loves loves to be around people.  Mozart will gently accept treats from your hand, will snuggle up right next to you, and happily roll over for belly rubs too.  The shelter gave Mozart a behavioral test and rated him as being in the Orange “Busy Bee” category which means he is a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take Mozart for a walk every day, or give him something to do. After his job is done, Mozart will curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (externally motivated)  Mozart will need a home with a patient owner who loves to laugh and play around, where he would get a daily walk or some exercise, and get to be an inside dog, at least while you are home.

For more information on how to meet Mozart, here is a link to his adoption page:  http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=SACC.A591654

Do you have a pet sitter included in your emergency plans? If not, you should!

Do you have a pet sitter included in your emergency plans?

Pet Sitting by PetWatch 916This is one area that is overlooked by many pet parents when making last minute plans.  At some point in time we have all had an unexpected event pop up.  Whether it be a last minute urgent matter at work or a family emergency, anything can happen at any given time without fair warning.

For many pet parents it can be difficult to find a dependable person to ensure their pets are well cared when emergency situations happen.  Have you ever tried calling a pet boarding facility at the last minute?

Or even worse, have you tried calling a pet boarding facility where your pet is not an established client at?  Are you prepared in a moment’s notice to provide documentation to show your pet is up-to-date  on their shots and does not have parasites from a recent fecal test?

If you’re not established with a pet care provider, now may be a good time to do it.  If you’re not established with a pet sitter, give us a call today at (916) 520-4738 to set up a free consultation, and we will be here for you when you and your pets need us!