What’s Happening in June?

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June is a busy month! See what’s going on in the month for pets and animals.

ADOPT-A-SHELTER CAT MONTH

young-calico-catAre you considering adding a new member to the family? June marks the height of kitten season with feline breeding at its highest. Many shelters receive an influx of homeless cats and kittens.

Getting a kitten or cat can be a great addition to your home and adopting a shelter cat can be extremely rewarding, but have you thought about everything getting a new pet will entail? Check out our fact sheet on Things to Consider Before Getting a Cat.

Pets also require regular preventive care to ensure that pets are kept happy and healthy before something goes wrong. You can download our Importance of Preventive Care fact sheet here.

Want to help a shelter cat but not ready to adopt? PetFinder.com has a great list of ways you can help. Their website also allows you to locate shelters and adoptable pets in your area.


 

TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

dog using computerWoof! June 24 is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Animals are a known stress reliever and what could be more fun than taking Fido to work with you?

If you are planning to participate in this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® event, are trying to convince your boss to let your company participate or if you are just interested in learning more about this unique celebration, you’ll want to download PSI’s free 2016 Take Your Dog To Work Day® Toolkit.

If you are participating in this doggone fun day, be sure to snap a photo of your dog at work and enter PSI’s 2016 Take Your Dog To Work Day® Photo Contest!


PET PREPAREDNESS MONTH

Boxer_in_bookbagNothing goes better together than kids and dogs but unfortunately, kids are also more likely to get bitten. Often it’s just a matter of not understanding how to interact safely with a dog, especially one that isn’t yours. We have to be able to read body language and understand nuances that tell us what the dog might be thinking. With a few tips, you can play and interact with dogs safely.

Doggone Safe
This site is dedicated to dog bite prevention with categories for pet
owners, bite victims, seasonal tips, and a section for kids with activities.

Also download our PVMA fact sheet on Dog Bite Prevention.


NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH

Black_and_white_cowFor more than 75 years, we have celebrated dairy and all of its goodness during June. What started out as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote milk consumption and stabilize the dairy demand has turned into a month-long celebration and tradition that acknowledges the dairy industry’s contributions to the United States and around the world.

Pennsylvania is ranked fifth in total milk production nationally, with the commonwealth’s 530,000 cows producing more than 10.8 billion pounds of milk annually. The state’s annual milk production per cow is just over 20,000 pounds – or about 2,352 gallons – per cow. The state has the second largest number of dairy farms nationally, having more dairy farms than every other state except Wisconsin.

Visit the Center for Dairy Excellence’s website for more facts.

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A little bit of everything

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japaneseboyI’ve got more than one timely thing I want to touch on, so I’ll just touch on them all! (After all it’s Friday, I can do what I want.)

This Sunday, September 28, is World Rabies Day. While most of us in the US get our dogs and cats vaccinated and then think that rabies is mostly left to the odd wildlife creature, in poorer and less developed countries, rabies is a real threat. Especially to children who are more likely to get bitten. In the Pan-American region, Haiti in particular has a big rabies problem in dogs that roam freely, and the sad fact is that with vaccines, it’s 100% preventable. Click here to learn more about what’s being done from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and make a donation if you so choose. A $20 donation buys the vaccine for 50 dogs – that’s a lot.

September is also Disaster Preparedness Month. Disaster preparedness can take many shapes, but in terms of PVMA, we’re thinking about having a plan for the whole family – including pets – if a disaster would happen. Make a plan of where you would stay if you had to leave your home and had to take your pets with you. Do you have their medications? Do they fit in the car? Do you have a pet-friendly place you can stay? Things we take for granted everyday can suddenly become a huge problem during an emergency. Click here to view our disaster preparedness fact sheet and get some ideas of where you need help.

Friday fun! Here are some random things that I like and hope you will too. Have a great weekend!