Summer Safety Tips for Pets

beach dogSummer is a time of sunbathing, cooking out, swimming, and celebrating with cold drinks and fireworks. It’s also a season with several risks for both humans and pets.

Since summer is well underway, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some pet safety issues associated with this time of the year.

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Natural Disaster Preparedness: Five Things Pet Owners Should Remember

hurricaneIt’s June, and that means we’ve officially entered the Atlantic hurricane season. We in North Carolina are all too familiar with what these storms can do to our communities, so it’s a great time to make sure you have disaster preparedness plans and supplies in place.

If you’re a pet owner, you also have to consider the needs of your animals if a hurricane or other emergency situation strikes. It’s obvious that you’ll need water, food, and medications for your dogs, cats, or other pets. But there are some other things you should have on hand that might not immediately come to mind in these situations.

Here are five things you’ll want to obtain when planning for natural disasters:

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The Health Benefits of Having Pets

cat faceTwo-thirds of households in the United States have pets, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey. Clearly, we Americans are fond of making animals a part of our families.

In recent years, scientists have been exploring the benefits of having pets. We already know they bring joy and comfort into our lives, but it’s interesting to look at what research reveals about the relationship between pet ownership and health.

What are some of the findings?

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Summertime Pests: The Mosquito

outsidecatanddogWe’ve reached the month of May, a time of sunny days, bright flowers…and lots of pests.

It’s the time of year when all kinds of insects start setting up camp in our yards or inside our homes. One of the most bothersome of such creatures is the mosquito. Bites from these insects can be quite uncomfortable—for both humans and pets.

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How to Prevent Dog Bites

cute dogMany of us are now spending a lot more time with our pets due to the COVID-19 pandemic and North Carolina’s stay-at-home order.  With families and pets cooped up together day after day, it seems like an ideal time to point out that April 12-April 18 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

There’s good reason to raise awareness about dog bite risks and prevention. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 4.5 million people receive dog bites each year in the United States.

Children are the most common victims in these attacks; between 2000 and 2015, victims under age 16 made up more than half of the fatalities involving dog bites.  Even seemingly minor bites can lead to infections that require medical treatment.

So how can you and your family help prevent dog biting incidents?

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Fun Animal Sites to Check Out During the NC Stay-at-Home Order

DSCN0005With North Carolina residents under a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are looking for ways to still feel connected with our favorite hobbies or outdoor activities. Multiple organizations are working to bring some fun (and often educational) distractions to those of us stuck at home for the foreseeable future.

We at Lazy Days Pet Sitting are especially interested in all the animal-focused options available right now. From zoo live cams to web games, there are a number of family-friendly activities that animal lovers can enjoy.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are a few options you may want to take a look at in the coming days.

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Recognizing Spring Allergies in Your Pets

Dog in grassWarmer air, beautiful blooms, relaxing breezes…spring has a lot to offer for lovers of the outdoors. Yet this time of year can be tough for those of us with seasonal allergies. It’s hard to enjoy a cookout or a walk through the garden when you’re dealing with sneezing and watery eyes.

You might already be struggling with allergies here in North Carolina. Pollen has become an issue earlier than normal this year, according to recent news reports.

This isn’t just a problem affecting us. Springtime allergies can really impact the quality of day-to-day life for our furry friends, and they could even lead to serious issues in some cases.

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Holiday Food: 5 Things to Keep Away from Your Pets

gingerbreadLet’s be honest: one of the best things about the holiday season is the food. The ham or turkey, the homemade side dishes, the rich desserts…it’s all wonderful! Well, all that yummy food seems pretty wonderful to your pets too. With the decadent treats and busy households, it can be easy for your furry family members to sneak a bite (or two, or three…).

Depending on what they get their paws on, pets can end up with an upset stomach, intestinal blockage, or even worse. As you prepare to celebrate Christmas in the coming days, keep these points in mind to ensure your dog or cat has an enjoyable holiday too.

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Check the Chip Day: Have You Checked Your Pet’s Microchip?

stray cat in streetIt’s getting closer to the first day of school in the Rocky Mount area, but while you’re getting school supplies ready, there’s another thing you’ll want to add to your to-do list for the month: updating your pet’s microchip information.

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How–and How Not–to Keep Your Dogs Cool in the Summer

huskypoolThe days are long and the air is sticky with humidity. It’s definitely a North Carolina summer! While you’re trying to stay cool, you may also be wondering how to keep your dogs from overheating. You may even be tempted to shave your pet; after all, that thick coat has to be making your dog miserable, right?

Not so fast.

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