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.

It’s Dog Bite Prevention Week

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Brush up on some tips of interacting with dogs to avoid being bitten.

A dog. Man’s best friend. A loyal companion. Provider of unconditional love.

A biter? Could be.

A study found there were 70 million dogs in the United States, and the truth is, any one of them could bite. Even yours. Dogs don’t always bite because they’re mean. They could have food aggression, have been sleeping and been startled, or maybe they are hurt or scared. Many things besides a nasty disposition can make even the sweetest dog react with a bite.

Most bites that happen in the US happen to children and could have been prevented. That’s why it’s important for children and adults alike to have some basic dog etiquette. Here are a few tips:

  1. When meeting a new dog, ask permission from the owner. They will be able to tell you if the dog is friendly with strangers.
  2. Ask the owner the dog’s name. Calling it by name can help relax it.
  3. Never hug a dog you have just met. Many dogs don’t like to be hugged period, let alone by a stranger.
  4. Don’t reach for the dog’s face. Pet a new dog on it’s side, chest or back.

For more information, here are some additional resources that we like:

PVMA Dog Bite Prevention Fact Sheet
http://www.pavma.org/images/fact_sheets/Dog_Bite_Prevention.pdf
This downloadable fact sheet

Puppies’n Dogs
www.puppiesndogs.com
This site is a wealth of information about dog breeds and their temperaments, size, grooming needs, and more. Find out which breed would be a good fit for your family or to add to a dog you already have. You can view breeders, search for available puppies, place an ad, or buy dog supplies. The blog section also has a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including dog bite prevention.

Dog Bite Prevention and Children
http://www.vet.utk.edu/dogbiteprevention/
This colorful, interactive website is designed to make learning about dog bite prevention fun. With games, puzzles, word searches, and printable items such as puppets and coloring books, kids won’t even realize they’re learning while they’re having fun.

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