Featured Pet: Emmy Lu
Meet Emmy Lu!
Emmy Lu came to us a few weeks ago in pretty bad shape. A good samaritan found her hanging around a local school and reached out to us for help. The night we got her, she was very skinny and weak with a poor coat that we attributed to bad nutrition. It was also clear that she had been pregnant at one point, but there were no puppies to be found. The most important thing we noticed about her was how gentle she was. She was craving human love very badly. We gave her a good dinner, a warm bed and lots of affection that first night and the next morning it was clear to us that was the first night that she felt safe and secure in a long time. She spent the next couple of days at our vets office recovering and gaining her strength back. We could see a new light in her eyes when we moved her to a foster home. She was happy and on the road to recovery. It’s only been a few weeks since we got Emmy Lu and she’s like a brand new dog. She is still very gentle and sweet, but she now has a zest for life. She loves running laps around the yard in her foster home and plays very nicely with the other dogs there. Emmy Lu is one of our miracle dogs and any home would be lucky to have her.
The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.
If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.
Education: July 4th Pet Safety Tips
The fourth of July is one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays, filled with fun backyard activities, barbecue dining and booming fireworks lighting up the night sky. If you include your pets at a 4th of July celebration, take safety precautions to ensure that your dog or cat is protected.
Pets can easily become separated from us during a celebratory event: too many people at a party can create confusion, a backyard gate may accidentally be left open, or your dog could get pulled in the opposite direction while swimming unattended at the beach.
Pets left at home may also become anxiety ridden during a firework display and find a way to escape from the house. Make sure your pets wear a durable collar with up-to-date information on identification tags. Microchipping your pets is another way to increase the chances that your pet is reunited with you should he become lost.
Pet noise phobia—an extreme fear of a sound—can cause our pets to act aggressively during a fearful event, such as ongoing fireworks. Pets can injure themselves while trying to escape or looking for a place to hide.
Signs to be aware of: hiding, trembling or shaking, sudden urination or defecation, pacing, chewing, digging, barking or howling, and an abnormal clinging behavior around the pet’s owner.
If your pet is left home on the 4th of July, reduce the noise level in your home by running a fan, playing the radio, or closing the windows and the doors to help block out any bothersome noise.
Pet owners can also create a safe haven where their pet can retreat to when he feels threatened. Some animals find refuge in small spaces, such as a closet or their crate. Consider putting their favorite blanket and toys in these areas to create a sense of familiarity and security.
Barbecues can offer tantalizing treats for pets; however, most of them are toxic to our pets:
Fatty and rich foods can wreck havoc on your pet’s stomach, often leading to indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Raw meat and fish contain bacteria or parasites that are extremely dangerous to our pets. Onions and garlic, a common ingredient or condiment in many foods, are toxic to dogs and cats and can lead to fatal poisoning. Discarded bones from ribs, steak or chicken can cause an obstruction or lacerations of your pet’s digestive system.
Make sure to keep pets away from alcohol; wine, beer and other spirits are extremely toxic.
Many 4th of July parties may be held poolside, at the beach or on a lake, with dogs tagging along.
Don’t assume your pet knows how to swim; familiarize your pet with water from a young age. Supervise pets at all times while they’re around a pool. Your pet should have an easy way to exit the water. Pet-safety ladders can be installed in most pools.
Never leave your dog unattended at the beach. Dogs can easily become overpowered by tides and currents and become pummeled by a wave.
If you’re taking your dog on a boat, buy a life jacket made specifically for your four-legged companion. This simple but effective accessory can save your pet’s life, whether on a boat or swimming in a pool, at the beach or a lake.
The 4th of July can be a safe, fun celebration for all members of your family. If there’s an emergency, don’t wait to have your pet treated; locate a 24-hour veterinary clinic if your family veterinarian is not available. Keep the phone number handy.
Courtesy of http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-owner-topics/July-4th-Pet-Safety-Tips.aspx