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

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!

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

A.M./P.M. Pet Visitors Needed

Dog Sitting and Cat Sitting by PetWatch 916PetWatch 916 is seeking exceptional pet visitors to add to our staff.

We will be accepting applications until we find the right staff, so if you are viewing this posting weeks after it’s been published, please contact us as we may still need more staff members!

Visitors needed in: Elk Grove, Wilton and South Sacramento

Information regarding visits:

Visits are 1-2 visits per day for 2-10 days at a time. (You’ll provide feeding, walking, plant watering, and mail pickup while clients are traveling.)

Visits for dogs are 30 to 45 minutes between 7-9 am and 6-8 pm. (Perfect for someone who wants to supplement his/her income before and after a full-time job.)

Visit times for cats are more flexible and are usually once daily for a 30-minute visit.

Requirements for the dog and cat visitor position:
• You have a car.
• You can commit to working with us until at least January 2015.
• You love both dogs and cats.
• You are available for both morning and evening visits.
• You can work at least 2 of the 3 major winter holidays:
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s (Don’t worry; you’ll be able to have a holiday too, and you’ll be paid more per visit during this time.)
• You can pass a criminal / background check.

Please e-mail us at petwatch916@gmail.com, and in 50 words or less, explain why you would be the perfect person for this job. Also, please include your location. Thanks!