What's not to love about the 4th of July? As humans we get to enjoy an extra day off work, barbecues, time at the lake, fun in the sun and fireworks! But for our furry friends the 4th of July is often the most stressful day of the year for them. In fact, more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.
Ahhh, summer in Colorado! Is there anything better? Maybe enjoying all our community has to offer with your favorite fourlegged companion. But before you rush out to enjoy barbeques, hikes and camping trips, we want to remind you that our beautiful Colorado sunshine poses a very real risk to your pet.
Here are some important warning signs your pet might exhibit if they are overheating and simple steps you can take to keep your pet safe and healthy this summer.
Warning signs of overheating:
• Heavy panting, rapid or difficult breathing
• Excessive drooling
• Elevated heart rate or body temperature
• Pale or dark red gums
• Diarrhea and/or vomiting
• Collapsing, weakness, convulsions
Easy ways to keep your pet safe this summer:
• Never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day –the temperature in an enclosed car can rise to dangerous levels within minutes
• Don’t walk or run with your pet on hot pavement
• Keep your pet out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and make sure they have access to shade to escape the heat
• Make sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water to prevent dehydration
• Remember certain animals like flat faced breeds (pugs, boxers, etc.), overweight, and older pets are more susceptible to the heat
Foster Volunteers Saved the Lives of FIve Abanonded Puppies
When a litter of five day-old puppies found themselves abandoned by their mother in early December, Larimer Humane Society was there when they needed us the most. The future of five Border Collie mix puppies was uncertain when their mother stopped feeding them. Concerned and unsure how to care for these puppies at just five days old, the owner turned to us. When the puppies were surrendered to us our dedicated staff and foster volunteers jumped into action to provide these puppies with a second chance.
Our shelter was the best place for these puppies to find a second chance but also put them at risk of disease. Just like human babies, puppies are incredibly susceptible to disease, which can spread quickly in a shelter environment. Lucky for these puppies Larimer Humane Society has a team of dedicated and compassionate Foster Care Volunteers who were ready and able to open their hearts and homes to these puppies in their time of need. Within just two hours of the puppies entering our shelter they were placed with loving temporary foster families who were willing to do whatever it took to help these puppies thrive.
Now that the summer months are long gone, your dog is probably spending more time indoors. This often means more time in the trash, chewing on furniture, and ripping up the carpet as well. But it doesn't have to!
- Invest in some enrichment toys. These can be found commercially and usually are some type of food dispenser. This will give your dog something to do and keep him out of trouble. You can also recycle milk jugs and boxes and create your own puzzle toys.
- Play hide-and-seek. Dogs are really good at sniffing out food, but almost never get a chance to do it. Start by hiding some treats in a really easy spot (i.e. under a piece of paper, half under the rug, etc). Make the treats progressively harder to find as you dog gets better and better at using that nose of his.
- Spend some time training! Positive reinforcement training is a great way to build the relationship between you and your dog. Training games can also wear him out, and a tired dog is a good dog!
- Set up play dates with other dogs. If your dog enjoys spending time with other dogs, set aside some time to let them hang out together. Be sure to use caution if going to a dog park.