It's 92 degrees outside, it's humid, there's no escaping the sun's blazing rays. You're wearing a cotton T, shorts, & flip flops. You're dog is wearing a fur coat that covers him from head to toe.Green Hills Animal Shelter asks you to remember your four-legged family members during these hot summer months.
Did you know?
Panting isn't as effective in cooling your pet during humid weather because there is less evaporation
Dogs and cats with short noses - Bulldogs, Pugs, Persians - are at a greater risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke because air doesn't flow as well through their airways
Puppies, kittens, and older pets are at higher risk for heat induced conditions
Pets with certain medical problems, such as heart & lung conditions and obesity, cannot tolerate the heat as well as healthy pets
Dogs may not know when to stop playing to avoid heat exhaustion
* If outside, check your pet frequently for signs & symptoms of overheating
* Bring your pet inside where it is cool
* Provide cool water at least twice a day in a deep bowl left in the shade, be sure your pet can reach the bowl at all times
* Be sure your pet has shade/shelter from the sun at all times of the day
* Don't leave your pet in your car for any length of time, even with air conditioning running, windows cracked, and/or in shade.
* Walk your pet early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler
* Give pets with thick coats a summer hair cut
* Brush your pet to remove excess hair & increase air flow
* Help your dog stay cool with a kiddie pool, keep water clean & cool
* Play water games with your pet using the hose or sprinkler, or let them swim before activity - make sure all coat layers get wet
* Keep paw pads wet using water
* Roll ice cubes in a hanky or freeze a wet hanky & wrap it around your dog's neck
* Bring water & a bowl for your pet during outdoor activities - you can freeze it & give it in small amounts as it melts
*To avoid burns to the foot pads, keep your pet off of hot asphalt and metal surfaces
* When exercising your pet, allow them to gradually acclimate to high temperatures
* Remind your neighbor.
Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke -
Heavy panting with the tongue out far
Not responding to commands
Rapid heart beat
Unsteady on feet or wobbly walking
Deep red or purple tongue
Increased drooling early, then thick saliva & dry gums
Cats - Panting, anxiety shown by pacing, rapid heartbeat, drooling, difficulty breathing, dark red gums, lethargy
Heat stroke - pale or gray gums, shallow breathing, bloody vomiting/diarrhea, seizures, coma
What to do -
Give small amounts of cool (not iced) water
Pour cool (not cold) water over the body or place wet towels
Place cold towels or ice packs to neck, head, chest only
Bring into air conditioned building or find shade or put in front of fan while damp
Cats - Put feet in cool water, rub body with a wet cool towel, put frozen bag of peas in towel next to cat
Call or get your pet to a vet immediately
On an 85F day, with windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102F in 10 minutes, and to 120F in 20 minutes. A dog whose body temperature reaches 107F or higher can suffer irreparable brain damage, even death, within a short time.
What to do if you see hot dog in car -
Have the store manager page the owner. If the dog appears to be in immediate distress call police or animal control officer. Under animal cruelty laws, in many states it is illegal to leave a pet in a hot car.
Adoption fee includes current yearly vaccinations, rabies tag & certificate, de-worming, heartworm/FIV & FeLV testing and spay/neuter.
****DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS****
Watch for Info on Fall Class Coming Soon
Above and Beyond Adoptions
Never Say Never - Jamie's Story
"Who's going to adopt a dog like that?...No one's going to adopt a dog like that...That dog will never get adopted."I know we all said it, or at least thought it, even if for just a moment. But it was true, sort of. Jamie had so much going against her, it was sometimes hard to believe there was a home out there for her. But we trudged on, hoping against hope that it was true, all dogs have a home - somewhere, when the right time comes...http://meghanmg.blog.com/never-say-never-jamies-story/
Could you go above and beyond for an animal with special needs or consideration?
Meet Mariah, a 1 year old Blue Heeler/Border Collie that is waiting for that one of a kind person to take her home.
This is Mariah. She is a young Border Collie/Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix. She is sweet-natured, curious, loyal, and playful. Her origins are a mystery. She found by some folks in their garage foraging for food. She had a good body condition, but seemed very fearful and had to be trapped. Once she was brought to the animal shelter, it became apparent that Mariah hadn't been socialized to people and things very well. Here at the shelter, she has undergone some intense rehabilitation and, although she has some work left to go, she barely resembles the frightened girl she was when she arrived. Learn more about Mariah...
TWO Dog Obedience Training Options Available NOW from Volunteers at the Shelter
NOVICE DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES
Group Obedience Classes are held twice a year, usually in the Fall and Spring.
The next series of classes will begin in September 2013. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks. Dogs and their owners learn the basics of teaching the dog to sit, stay and come, as well as other fun activities in the hope that this will help your dog become a better and closer companion to your family.
S & P 1:1 Dog Obedience Course
Is your dog nervous around strangers? Does he bark excessively at other dogs? Or maybe you are uncomfortable in group settings? A 1:1 basic obedience course is now available for owners that are unable to take advantage of our group class due to pet or owner special consideration. The cost is the same as the basic obedience class the shelter holds twice a year - $80 for an 8 week course. Just you, your dog and the instructor. There is a 10% discount for dogs adopted from our shelter. Dogs must be 6 months or older. Handlers must be 16 years or older. Slots are limited. To see if you qualify, contact Instructor Meghan Giacopelli at Green Hills Animal Shelter at (660) 359-2700 or drop by the shelter to talk with her on M-W-Sa 1-5 pm.
It takes a rare, special person to take on a geriatric dog that may need medication daily, but the rewards can't be beat. Questions about adopting a senior/geriatric dog? - http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/adopt.html
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The Mission of the Green Hills Animal Shelter is to provide a comprehensive community-based animal care, education and adoption program by providing a safe haven for abandoned, abused and neglected animals; educating the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering animals; and encouraging and facilitating the adoption of available animals by appropriate and responsible community members.