Independence Day 2018 Notice:
The Animal Foundation will waive owner reclaim
fees up to 4 days after the July 4th holiday.
The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and this means the summer is here and the holiday fireworks can frighten your pet, so follow these steps to keep your pets safe and sound.
- Keep your pet indoors on the Fourth, in a quiet isolated room with covered windows. This will help him feel safe and secure.
- Turn on a fan or TV to try and muffle the sounds of the fireworks. This will provide familiar indoor sounds and may help soothe your pet in he must be alone this noisy holiday.
- Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks show!
- If you know from past experience that your pet will suffer from severe anxiety caused by the loud noises, consider taking him to your vet a few days in advance an see about a mild tranquilizer.
- If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining, or crying, distract him by playing with him or doing something he enjoys. Don’t stroke your pet or reassure him by saying “Don’t worry, it’s okay.” This may actually reinforce your pets anxious behavior.
- Make sure your pet is wearing an appropriately fitted collar with the rabies tag and NLV dog license. You may also want to get him an ID tag with your address and phone number or consider talking to your vet about microchip ID implant. This is beneficial in case your pet loses his collar.
If your pet does stray from home, go to The Animal Foundation (Lied Shelter) to look for him.
The Animal Foundation
(formerly known as Lied Shelter)
655 N. Mojave Rd.
LV, NV 384-3333
July means summer is here! The hot weather us upon us and it’s very important not to leave your dog in a parked car, ever!
Temperatures in a parked car can reach 120 degrees very quickly and can go even higher! Even with the windows cracked!
A dogs’ normal body temperature is around 102 degrees. Your pet can with stand a body temperature of 107 for only a few minutes before it will suffer severe brain damage or die from heatstroke!
A dog has to pant to cool down...his is it’s normal cooling process. When a dog is panting inside a hot car, the air it’s breathing is hotter than it’s normal body temperature of 102. This causes the animal to literally bake from the inside out!
Signs of heat stress include:
- Hard panting
- A lolling tongue
- Glazed or unfocused eyes
- Mucous membranes inside the mouth will turn from pink to bright red
If your dog shows any of theses signs, immerse him in COOL water, not cold, to lower his body temperature. Move him to a shaded spot and let him lick ice cubes. Then get him to a vet immediately!
Click here for a copy of the NLVPD Animal Control Tip of the Month Newletter for July