Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Squiggy - A Beautiful Collie Mix

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Squiggy - A Beautiful Collie Mix

Hi There!! My name is Squiggy and I'm just over a year old. I am a Collie mix with really pretty sable and white hair. One look into my big brown eyes will melt your heart. I have made lots of new friends here at the Humane Society of Washington County but I'm ready for my new home. I'm a little shy when we first meet but I warm up quickly.
Like most of my furry four legged friends, I love to spend time running and playing outside. Now that the summer heat is upon us I have to be careful not to hurt myself or get sick. With the beautiful summer weather comes many hazards for pets like me.
Here are a few tips to help keep your pet safe this hot summer season. (Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States).
1. Never leave a pet unattended in a car. Cars quickly heat up to a dangerous temperature, even with the window slightly open.
2. Be sure to keep pets up-to-date on their vaccinations and preventative medications. Fleas and ticks stay busy in warm weather and summer is also the prime time for heartworms. Check with a veterinarian about the best way to keep pets healthy.
3. Keep cats indoors to keep them safe. Cars, other pets, and wild animals can all pose risks to cats' safety. By providing playtime, cat trees and other enrichment, a cat will be happy and content to stay indoors.
4. Beware of cocoa mulch and other gardening products. Cocoa mulch can be deadly if ingested and has an appetizing scent to some animals. Pesticides, fertilizers and other harsh chemicals can also be quickly fatal if ingested.
5. When taking a dog for a walk on a hot day, plan for shorter walks midday, when temperatures peak, and longer walks in the morning and evening when it's cooler. Hot sidewalks can burn the pads on a dog's paws, so walk on the grass when possible.
6. Pet rabbits should be kept indoors because they don't tolerate heat well. Keeping a rabbit indoors will also provide protection from predators who might try to attack a rabbit in an outdoor hutch.
7. Never leave a dog outdoors unattended on a chain or tether. Long-term chaining during the hot summer months can result in countless insect bites, dehydration and heat stroke. Even short-term unattended tethering can pose risks such as theft or attacks by people or animals.
8. When driving with pets, be sure to keep them properly restrained and inside the vehicle. Special seatbelts and secured carriers can protect pets during accidents and prevent them from distracting the driver. The back of a pick-up truck is never a safe place for a pet to ride.
9. Be mindful of pets around our wild neighbors. When going for walks or playing in a fenced yard, don't allow pets to harass birds, rabbits, squirrels or other wild animals.
10. Stay bite-free. The summer months are the peak season for dog bites because so many kids and dogs are playing outside. Training, socialization, and dog spaying or neutering a dog can reduce the risk of dog bites. Kids can learn to stay safe through good manners around pets and humane education.
By following these tips you're sure to have a fun and safe summer with your furry family members!
Come visit me and all my friends at the Humane Society of Washington Count. We love to make new friends!
For more information about Squiggy or how to keep your pets safe this summer visit the Humane Society of Washington County at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD or call 301-733-2060. You can also see all of our pets available for adoption by visiting our website, www.hswcmd.org.

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.