Pet Safety Tips (and Vet Numbers)

It may be cold where you live but when you get to Good Haven House it'll be alot warmer!
Here are some things to keep in mind if you've brought pets along on your vacation 
or when traveling with pets in general.

General Warm Weather Safety Concerns
Hot weather can make anyone feel uncomfortable, and your pet is no exception. Here are some safety concerns for responsible pet owners:
  • Never leave your pet unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle. Heatstroke can occur and lead to brain damage or death. Signs of heatstroke are panting, drooling, rapid pulse and fever. Immediately immerse the dog or cat in cool water and seek emergency veterinary assistance.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a hot, parked car. When it's only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down will not help. Your pet is susceptible to heat stroke and possible death in these conditions.
  • Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water.
  • Beware of insect bites. If your pet is bitten or stung, remove the stinger and watch the site for an allergic reaction. If a reaction occurs or there have been multiple wasp, bee, fire ant or mosquito bites, take the animal to the vet.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about flea and tick prevention medications. These are concerns year round in Florida and all warm weather states.
  • All pets should have proper identification at all times, but especially on vacation. The AKC suggests a collar with an ID tag (with CELL PHONE number) along with a tattoo or a microchip.
  • Keep your dog on a leash when he is outdoors to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Try to avoid strenuous exercise with your dog on extremely hot days and refrain from physical activity when the sun's heat is most intense.

No matter how careful and responsible you may be, accidents can happen.

The nearest vet is (regular hours):

After hours:

Please make sure these phone numbers close at hand and available to all family members.

(click on links above for vet websites and click on addresses for exact driving directions)


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