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October is CRAZY for pets!

                     So many pet appreciation days and weeks this month! 

Here is a list of what you will be hearing about this October!

· Adopt a dog month

· Adopt a Shelter dog month

· National Animal Safety and Protection Month

· 1st Week of October is Animal Welfare Week and Walk your dog week:

The First Week of October is Animal Welfare Week sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Take a peek here at their top 8 Principles for Animal Welfare. Tell us what you think!

You may have already read my “Adopt a Shelter dog and Adopt a dog, Month” article (http://www.azpetprofessionals.com/2013/09/national-adopt-shelter-dog-month.html) and I hope you’ll take me up on heading on down to your nearest Animal Control and find you’re fur-ever dog, but let’s take a look at some other related days this month.

· National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

What exactly does this mean? Click here to read more about an organization that is helping animals in all situations, Puppy Mills, Bait dogs, and Disaster Preparedness. http://www.redrover.org/.
The volunteers become trained and educated in many areas so when the need arises they are prepared to move quickly. 

I love that they break down “Where your money goes” so you can see exactly where your contributions are going. Don’t forget to look at their “Faq” page which shows how much went directly to the animals.

· October is also a month to focus on your pet’s weight. It’s perfect weather to start taking your dog outside for a happy walk! Click here to read more about the founder of National Walk your dog week. http://www.walkyourdogweek.com/.

Stay tuned as we focus on the remaining recognized October pet days and weeks!

· National Pet Wellness Month

· October 4th is World Pets’ Day

· Mid October: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. https://www.navta.net/events/national-veterinary-

· Oct. 16th is National Feral Cat Day. http://nationalferalcatday.org/

· National Pit Bull Awareness Day. http://www.blessthebullys.com/

Thanks pet friends!

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  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats, and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.


Household pet tip for dogs from Blue Ribbon K9 Academy:

Train your dog to use a pet door by putting a dab of butter on the bottom edge of the flap. Have another person hold the dog on the side with the butter and you stand on the other side with treats. Your dog will lick the bottom of the flap, pushing it open while you encourage it through and offering treats. Happy Training!



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