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July 6, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Pets

RAYMOND, Miss. -- When temperatures rise, it’s not just humans who need to take precautions. Heat stress is just as serious and life threatening for pets as it is for humans. While both dogs and cats can get too hot, dogs are more susceptible to overheating, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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If your dogs are stressed by the loud noises that accompany fireworks, there are a few things you can do to help ease their anxiety and keep them safe. Photo by Can Stock Photo Inc./ganchclub
July 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Pets

We celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, and I dread holidays that include fireworks celebrations. The noises that accompany those light-filled sky displays absolutely terrify my dogs. However, there are a few things you can do to ease your pets’ fear and keep them safe.

A dog lies on the grass in the shade.
Heat stress in dogs is just as serious and life-threatening as it is for humans. It is important to take steps to keep them cool outdoors during high temperatures and know the signs of heat stress. File photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith
July 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Family, Pets

Heat stress in dogs is just as serious and life-threatening as it is for humans. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), high temperatures can be dangerous for your dogs, even when it doesn’t seem that hot to you. So, I take steps to help make sure my dogs can stay cool when they are outdoors.

Two dogs sit and look at the camera.
A comprehensive disaster plan along with a disaster kit can help you respond quickly and make it easier to recover from various natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and fires. But don’t forget your pets! They need a disaster plan and kit, too. Photo by Susan Collins-Smith
May 28, 2021 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Family, Pets

Although June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, there can be many kinds of environmental disasters. Natural disasters, including straight-line winds, tornadoes, fires, and floods, are all uncontrollable events that can happen at any time. A comprehensive disaster plan along with a disaster kit can help you respond quickly and make it easier to recover from one of these events. But don’t forget your pets! They need a disaster plan and kit, too.

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