In July, we may be stretching the definition of “pet” with the inclusion of sharks.*
We also note that, apparently, everyone would prefer to go on vacation rather than celebrate animals, given the very low number of days in July devoted to our pets.
*Fun Fact: If you say “shark” a bunch of times, it starts to sound like a made-up nonsense word. Try it!
National Farriers Week
Shark Awareness Day
Pet Fire Safety Day
National Mutt Day
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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Offers Dog Park Safety Tips for the Canine Companion
As summer approaches, dog lovers begin their migration to local dog parks so their four-legged family members can play and socialize. With the increasing popularity off-leash dog parks, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, would like to remind dog owners about the importance of safety when visiting the dog park.
Last year, Nationwide members spent more than $10 million on medical conditions that are commonly associated with dog park fun. Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 575,000 insured pets to determine the most common dog park-related medical conditions of last year. Below are the results:
Most Common Dog Park-related Medical Conditions
| Sprains & Soft Tissue Injuries
| Lacerations or Bite Wounds
| Kennel Cough or Upper Respiratory Infection
| Insect Bites
| Head Trauma
| Hyperthermia or Heat Stroke
Before visiting any dog park for the first time, dog owners should research the rules and regulations of the park. Below are a few simple, but important, tips for ensuring a fun and safe trip to the dog park:
- Obey all posted rules and regulations.
- Pay attention to your dog at all times and ensure that playtime remains friendly. If your dog or another dog is playing too rough, it’s best to remove your dog from the situation.
- Many dog parks have designated areas for large and small dogs. No matter your dog’s stature, be sure to keep them in the area allocated for their size.
- Don’t bring a puppy younger than four months old.
- Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.
- Keep a collar on your dog with proper identification tags that include contact information (microchipping is also recommended).
- On warm days, avoid the dog park during peak temperature hours.
- Bring water and a bowl for your dog to drink out of.
- Look for signs of overheating; including profuse and rapid panting, a bright red tongue, thick drooling saliva, glassy eyes and lack of coordination. If this occurs, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.
About Nationwide Pet Insurance
With more than 575,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2016 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.
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Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is pleased to announce that it has expanded its flea, tick, and heartworm treatment offerings, via a new in-clinic online pharmacy.
Now, when your pet visits our doctor, we can order non-stock* products — such as Advantage Multi, Bravecto, Sentinel Spectrum, Trifexis, and more — and have them shipped to your door.
*Non-stock items are products that we do not carry in-clinic.
We still carry popular items in our clinic, such as Seresto collars, Advantage II, and HeartGard.
And now, our clients who prefer a different brand of flea or heartworm preventative will no longer need to research pharmacies and place orders themselves. In-clinic ordering is faster, more accurate, and more convenient for you!
Interested in learning more? Contact Us today!
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You’ve probably heard of PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day — after all, it’s been around since 1999. But did you know this special day was founded by Pet Sitters International? I guess someone decided they needed a day off!
In reality, Take Your Dog To Work Day was created by PSI to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption.
A 2006 survey by the APPA found that:
• 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment.
• 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better.
• 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment.
• 37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve relationships between managers and their employees.
Take Your Dog To Work Day has proven popular throughout the years, which is why it has such staying power. Thousands of employers have welcomed many different sizes and breeds of dogs into their businesses over the years.
Did you know?
- Take Your Dog To Work Day is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day.
- June 20-24 is Take Your Pet To Work Week — so that cats, frogs, and other pets aren’t left out of the fun!
- About 300 businesses participated in the very first Take Your Dog To Work Day.
- You can follow Take Your Dog To Work Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Inspired to host Take Your Dog To Work Day at your place of business?
Go to https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog and download their free step-by-step guide with everything you need to know, to make this day a success. Afterwards, visit our Facebook page and share your photos!
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