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REMINDER: Temperatures are Rising!

As summer rolls in, we need to think about our pets, especially pups that spend a lot of time outside. Here are some things to keep in mind:

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  • First of all, NEVER EVER EVER leave your pet locked in the car. The temperature inside your car is substantially hotter than the temperature outside.
  • Keep your pets inside as much as possible on hot days (which is almost every summer day in Phoenix!)
  • When exercising your pet, be sure to walk or run in the early morning or late afternoon/evening only. The pavement and sidewalks get very hot and can burn their paws easily.
  • Be sure to bring your pets water if you do take them on a walk or run.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of shade…preferably tarps or shady trees. Dog houses can actually be hotter for them because it prevents air from flowing through.
  • Water is ESSENTIAL! Ensure your pet always has water and add ice cubes when you can. This will help keep it cool when you are going to be gone for a few hours.
  • If you feel your pet has been exposed to the heat for too long and may be suffering a heat stroke, move them to a shaded or air-conditioned location quickly and help cool them with ice packs or cool cloths. Call your vet if you are concerned about their health.

It is important for us to remember, that when we are hot, so are our pups (and cats that spend time outside, too.) In fact, they probably get hotter much quicker than we do because of their fur. Pay extra attention to your pet as the temperatures rise. It can be especially tricky as the summer begins because it may be cool in the morning and evening, but during the day it gets hot. Keep yourself informed about the weather if you work or are going to be away from your home for the majority of the day. If there is ever any question, always error on the side of caution!

Source: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html

Phoenix Pet Expo – April 25th and 26th

Looking for something to do next weekend? How about checking out the 6th Annual Phoenix Pet Expo?! The best news is that this is an event you and your pet(s) can check out together! Pets are welcome to attend and the expo’s website has some great tips/info if you do plan on bringing them along.

logo_phoenixThis awesome event will include exhibitors, giveaways for you and your pet, the chance to adopt a new furry family member, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, obedience demonstrations, pet products, and the opportunity to learn more about your much-loved pet and their care.

Some of this year’s exhibitors include:

  • Adoptashelter.com
  • Advantek
  • Almost Home Boxer Rescue
  • Applaws Pet Food
  • Cadence K9s
  • Charlie’s Doggie Bag
  • Chuy’s Pet Magnets
  • Happy Pets Palace & Playground, LLC
  • Knockout Pet Supplies
  • Mystic Sea Pet Grooming Products

…and…

  • AZ Pet Vet too!  Stop by and say hi!

Also, be sure you check out some of the amazing events that will be going on as well including:

  • Pet Talent Contest
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Pet/Owner Musical Chairs
  • Doxie Derby

The details (find more at phoenixpetexpo.com):

When: April 25th 10am-6pm; April 26th 11am-4pm

Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale (16601 North Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260)

Cost: Free admission; $5 parking

Who: You and your pet(s)…all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations, check out the website above for more information if you plan on bringing your pet.

Spring is in full-bloom and summer is coming!

If your family is like most, allergies are always tough this time of year. However, some suffer from pet dander/hair allergies year round. If that is the case, but you were hoping to adopt a kitten or cat here’s some great news! There are some breeds that are hypo-allergenic! We’re going to talk about two today, but keep in mind there are many more breeds.

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The Balinese is a beautiful cat and is known as the long-haired version of the Siamese cat. The breed was named after the graceful dancers from Bali. The cats started to develop and be recognized as a breed in the 1940s and 1950s. The Balinese is a wonderful indoor cat, as they have beautiful white coats and typically only grow to be about 5 to 10 pounds. They are extremely clean and very low-maintenance for their owners, only needing to be brushed from time to time. They rarely need a bath because of their impeccable grooming habits.

The Balinese is characteristically a very social cat. They love to follow their people around and snuggle with you as you are relaxing.   This breed is also known to be very intelligent, active, and chatty, getting along great with children and cat-friendly pups. This would be a great choice for you and your family if you look forward to interacting with your loving feline!

As mentioned, the Balinese is not the only choice if you have any allergy sufferers in your family. You may also select to welcome a Russian Blue into your home (shown in picture.) The Russian Blue could be considered mysterious in a way, as little is known about this breed. It is assumed that it originated in Russia and was one of the natural breeds, not having been cross-bred by humans. The Russian Blue first made its appearance in 1875 at a cat show in London.

While the Russian Blue is not as outgoing as the Balinese, it is still considered to be family friendly. They would be a great choice for your family even with small children and pups, just be sure to introduce them carefully and slowly. These felines are a bit shyer and need time to warm up. They are beautiful cats and are often compared to gray rabbits because of their thick, gray, soft fur. Because of the thickness of their coat, they are a little more high-maintenance than the Balinese- needing to be brushed about twice a week.

So, while there is not much we can do about the pollen and blooming that is happening outdoors, inside you can choose to have hypo-allergenic pets to keep your family comfortable and still able to love a few fur babies.

Source: http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/balinese-cats; http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/russian-blue; http://mom.me/pets/cats/18025-10-hypoallergenic-cat-breeds/