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Pet Safety Tips

Warm Weather Tips

South Florida is known for its hot summer days. To ensure your pet is safe during the hot summer season please make sure to follow all tips.

The following tips are suggested for dog owners driving their pet:

  • For dogs in a car, place the dog in the back seat and lower the window a few inches. Allow the animal enough room to stretch out.
  • Once the dog settles into a spot, tell him to stay put. Repeat the command whenever the dog attempts to move.
  • Keep your car cool when transporting your dog.
  • If the animal will be riding in the bed of a truck, make sure to tether it with a safety harness or a secured crate.
  • To secure your pet, you might consider purchasing a pet seat or dog safety belt. Smaller pets can be placed in carrier bags; larger breeds in crates.

    Cold Weather Tips

    With such cold temperatures, the dogs and cats at the animal shelter need your generosity to stay warm, comfortable and healthy. Animal Services is looking for donations of fleece blankets and dog fleece sweaters. On behalf of the homeless pets, we thank you for your support and compassion. To contribute, please bring or send all donations to Animal Services.

    For the convenience of County employees, we have placed collection bins in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1 Street, until January 14.

    Halloween Tips

    Halloween Safety TipsKeep your pet in a quiet place, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. You may know that the miniature monsters and goblins who come knocking on Halloween aren't real, but pets don't. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit and could become frightened or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costumed visitors.

    In addition, frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape, which can go unnoticed during all the commotion. Be sure all pets are wearing collars and ID tags in case of an accidental getaway.

    Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States.

    Back to Top Page Last Edited: Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:04:15 PM

    Did you know?

    Bonde papillion dogChocolate may be your favorite treat but these treats should stay in the hands of people and not pets. Chocolate is a potent stimulant that can produce potentially life threatening toxic effects in your pet. Your pet might begin to vomit, have diarrhea, experience nervousness and anxiety that could possibly lead to death.

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