National Animal Safety Month

October is National Animal Safety Month.  With all of the natural disasters that have been happening around the globe, now is a good time to refresh yourself on how to keep your furry friends safe.  Cats and dogs are important members of your family and including them in your safety plan now will help prevent future loss.    

1. Micro-chipping.   Having your pets micro-chipped, and making sure that information associated with the microchip is up to date is one of the best ways to ensure that your pet is returned to you if they ever get separated from you.  You can use the AAHA tool ( to find which company your pet's chip is through. From there, you can contact the company and update any information.  If you are unsure of your pet's number or if your pet has a microchip, come to our hospital and we can scan them for you to double check.  

2. Window stickers.  No one wants to think about needing emergency help at their own house. Window stickers will let an emergency crew know about other family members that may need to be rescued as well.  The ASPCA has a free emergency kit that you can order online ( take-action/order-your-pet- safety-pack).  This pack includes window clings and a fridge magnet.

3.  Wallet Cards.  There are a lot of pet emergency wallet cards that you can buy or download.  These cards are kept in your wallet for occasions where you may have an emergency away from your pets.   We like ones that give the basic information such as a person to contact to care for your pets while you are unable to, but you must make sure to let the person that you put on the card know that they are in charge of your pets if something happens to you. Here is a link for a free basic download that you can add to your safety plan for your pet: pet-is-home-alone-card/

A lot of families already have emergency kits in their home that are packed with items that would help the family during an emergency.  We've put together a checklist of items that would be helpful to add for your pets.  It's not a complete list, but it's a good starting point.  

1. Leashes and collars with I.D. tags.  Carriers that are tagged with your information are also helpful.

2. Daily medications your pet needs.  The CDC recommends a two week supply.

3. Proof of ownership (laminated in case of water damage).

4. Proof of current vaccines (laminate this one too).

5. Food and Feeding Instructions. Again,  a two week supply is recommended for each animal.  We also suggest a manual can opener if your pet is on a canned diet.

6. Water for everyone, including pets. You can never have too much water.

7.  One or two comfort items like nylabones, toys, or blankets.

8. Veterinary contact information.

We all hope that we are never in a situation where these items are necessary, but life takes unexpected turns, and it doesn't hurt to be over prepared for your pets.  

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Summer Heat Hints

As the temperature rises, so does our concern for the safety of our cats and dogs. Heat stroke, burns, dehydration, and heat exhaustion are all health problems that could affect our pets.

Some basic guidelines and tips:
·      Provide any outdoor pet shade and cool water to drink.
·      Check on the water supply frequently.
·      Add a couple of ice cubes or frozen treats to the dog bowl to help keep them cool.

Remember that when it’s hot, different rules apply and sometimes you have to rearrange your schedule to accommodate your pets.
·      Remind your family and your pet sitters to walk the dog in the morning, before 9, or the evening, after 7.
·      Avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day. The cement and black top in our city can burn the paw pads of your pup.
·      Be on the lookout for excessive licking of their feet, blisters or peeling of the paw pads, or a lack of use of the foot, such as limping or holding it up.

Likewise, sometimes extremely hot weather can be an inconvenience, but your vigilance can be the difference between a happy, healthy pet and a visit to the veterinarian or worse yet, the emergency clinic.  Never leave your pet or child in a car. No matter how short you think your trip will be, you are taking a risk that could cost a life. Cars can heat up to temperatures that are life threatening in a matter of minutes. If you can't bring them in to your destination, leave the pets at home. If you find a pet locked in car, call the non-emergency police phone number for help.

We know that people love to exercise with their dogs, but a few problems could arise that dog owners who regularly run with their dogs need to know:
·      If you run with your dog or you hired a dog runner please schedule your runs in the early morning or the late evening, preferably before 7:00 AM or after 8:00PM.
·      Running during the day could result in a medical emergency known as heat stroke or heat exhaustion- The normal body temperature for a dog is between 100.5° to 102.5° and after running that temperature can reach dangerously high numbers.
·      A dog that is overheating needs medical intervention. Signs of a dog that is suffering from heat stroke are as follows: excessive drooling, increased panting or respiratory efforts, rapid, irregular heartbeats, wobbly gait, uncoordinated movements, lethargy and/or weakness, shade seeking behavior, and glazed eyes

If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke please get them to our hospital or an emergency animal hospital as soon as possible. You can help lower your pet’s temperature by covering the animal with cool, wet towels. Do not use ice or very cold water as this can cause more complications by shocking the dog's system.

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation for you and your family. Make sure to keep your pets safe so everyone has a good summer.

#heatsafety #summertips #hotdog #FairwayPets
Blog by Laura T.

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Fairway Animal Hospital will once again partner with The Humane Society of Greater KC's annual Dog-N-Jog on Sunday, June 9th. The event will run from 7:00 am to 10:30 am at the Country Club Plaza. Come check out our booth and help a great cause.

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