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.

How responsible of a dog owner are you?

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relaxing with the dogSeptember is Responsible Pet Ownership Month. Sounds boring, right? But it’s important!

It’s easy to think of your furry friend as part of the family, one of the kids, (a holy terror… ), but it’s also easy to forget that they are totally dependent on you. For everything. So make the most of it and go above and beyond for Fido! Here are some of the topics of our fact sheets for pet owners that can help you keep on top of things.

Dog Licensing – As they say, it’s not just bling, it’s the law! All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. If you’ve ever walked or driven your neighborhood calling out your lost dog’s name with the hope you’ll see him running toward you or visited your local animal shelter and registered your pet as missing, you know the importance of a dog license.

Dog Bite Prevention –  Nothing 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.

Preventive Care – Think your dog only needs to go to the vet when something is wrong? Think again. Prevent it from happening in the first place by scheduling regular annual appointments. Regular check ups can prevent bigger problems later which could be much more expensive.

Dental Health – Dog breath? It could be the sign of something more serious. Periodontal disease in our pets is the most common health problem that veterinarians see, yet many pet owners are still in the dark about preventing it or treating it. Don’t think that because your pet isn’t showing signs of oral discomfort that everything is fine. Untreated oral disease can be dangerous to your pet’s health and much more expensive to correct down the road than paying for preventive measures now.

Canine Influenza – Like many viruses, canine influenza is spread through respiratory secretions and contaminated surfaces of everything from food and water bowls to leashes to toys. What’s more, it can stay alive up to 48 hours on surfaces, 24 hours on clothing, and up to 12 hours on hands. If a dog comes in contact with the virus, it can be 2-4 days before it exhibits signs of feeling ill, and the dog is also most contagious during this time.

And there are many more, so check out our fact sheets for yourself and see how else you can keep your dogs happy and healthy.

Now, go ahead. Put your feet up and do a little relaxing with Rover.