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July 4 Dangers for Dogs

ID-100138401According to the ASPCA, the organization's Poison Control Center gets calls every July 4 about four common things: fireworks, food, lawn products, and pool chemicals.

The ASPCA has produced a handout, "Top 4 Pet Toxicities of July 4," that includes tips to help you keep your dog safe around this national holiday. You can download it below.

Download Top4July4Handout


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Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, July 9

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.03.53 PMEvery second Thursday of the month, from April through October, Greenville Humane Society holds a Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 PM at the Society's headquarters, 305 Airport Road in Greenville. The next Yappy Hour will be on Thursday, July 9 from 6 to 8 PM.

For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog can run off-leash in the canine courtyard and take a dip in the "doggie pools."

Dogs must come on a leash and be friendly, spayed/neutered, healthy, and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

For additional information, visit http://www.greenvillehumane.com/events

Dogs and Hot Cars

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Some dog owners STILL don't get it -- leaving a dog in a car when it's hot outside is a recipe for tragedy.

Here's what the ASPCA says about dogs and hot cars:

"As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. That’s why leaving an animal alone in a car is more than just a bad idea, it’s a form of animal cruelty."

Never leave your dog in a hot car -- and if you see a dog in a hot car, do something about it. The ASPCA's infographic on the subject has some helpful advice. You can download it below.

Download ASPCA-hot-cars-infographic

Please note: If you see a dog in a car, tell someone immediately! In North Carolina, any firefighter, rescue personnel or law enforcement who has probable cause to believe that an animal is confined in a motor vehicle under conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or under other endangering conditions, may enter the motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible for the animal.

Furry Fourth Adoptions-Asheville, $17.76

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Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center is bursting with dogs, cats and kittens waiting to declare their independence and go to loving homes.

This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 1, 2, and 3, all dogs over six months old will be available for adoption at the special fee of just $17.76. Cats and kittens are also available at the reduced fee.

The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Hours each day are 10 AM to 6 PM. To see the adorable adoptables, visit: www.ashevillehumane.org .

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 11.34.16 AMDid you know that your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Or that many pets instinctively prefer to drink moving water? To help educate pet parents about the importance of proper pet hydration, PetSafe® brand is sponsoring Pet Hydration Awareness Month in July.

Essential to a pet’s overall health and well-being, water supports vital organ functions and is responsible for important bodily functions including digestion and waste removal. Unlike human bodies, which are made up of 55-60 percent water, a pet’s body is made up of 80 percent water, and can result in serious health issues if a pet becomes dehydrated.

To help pet parents understand the health risks of dehydration, PetSafe brand has developed an infographic outlining important facts about pets and proper hydration. View this photo.
The infographic illustrates the recommended daily water intake for pets – one ounce per pound of body weight – as well as the steps to take if a pet becomes dehydrated.

Another way to ensure pets are receiving enough clean, fresh water daily is with the use of a pet fountain. Some pets, specifically cats, prefer to drink from a moving water source. Giving pets filtered, oxygenated water entices them to drink more and get the proper hydration that is essential to their health.

For more information about proper pet hydration, visit http://www.petsafe.net/fountain