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Pet Safety Tips

Tip 1: Don’t leave your pet in the car. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures. Even on warm days, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes even with the car windows partially open. Also, thousands of pets are stolen each year from unattended cars.

Tip 2: Don’t allow your dog to ride in the back of your truck as results can be tragic. Sudden stops, starts or turns can toss your pet onto the roadway. At high speeds, wind blowing in your dog’s ears can irritate mucous membranes causing infections, trauma or permanent damage to the ear. Additionally, blowing pieces of debris or insects can lodge into your animal’s eyes or nasal passages.

Tip 3: Provide proper shelters for adequate ventilation to supply fresh air for the health and comfort of the animal to minimize odors, drafts and condensation. All animals kept outdoors shall have access to shelter from the elements (direct sun, wind, rain, hail, snow etc.).

Tip 4:   Provide clean drinkable water at all times for your pets. Food should be wholesome, palatable and free from contamination. It shall also be provided in sufficient quantity providing adequate nutrition to maintain animal’s good health.

Tip 5:  It is not recommended to place dogs on tethers. It is abnormally restrictive and stressful. This often results in health and temperament problems.

 For more information on animal care standards call 720-898-6850.

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Animal Breeding

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