But while this season has a lot to offer–fun holidays, gorgeous leaves, and yummy treats–it’s also a time that has its own unique threats to pets. As you move through the upcoming months, keep these things in mind to help keep your animals safe.
August 2nd through the 8th has been designated International Assistance Dog Week–a time to recognize and appreciate the incredible work assistance dogs perform for their owners. These animals are devoted to helping people with both mental and physical impairments.
It take a lot of training and commitment to prepare dogs for their careers as assistance animals, but it’s clearly worth it: according to the AKC, more than 80 million people in the United States have service dogs.
So what exactly is an assistance dog?
Are you heading to the beach this summer? If so, there are several precautions you probably take to keep you and your family safe, such as wearing sunscreen, avoiding strong currents, and keeping hydrated.
Those same concerns apply to pets at the beach too. If you’re planning to take your furry pals to the beach or pool, keep the following tips in mind.
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.
It’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:
Two-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?
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.
But the mosquito is more than just a nuisance. [Read more…]
Many 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?
With 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.
Warmer 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.