Pet Health and Behavior Tips Archive

Unconditional Love: As Close As Your Nearest Shelter, Rescue, or Muttropolis!

Allison Shamrell Pet PhotographyPhotograph
by Allison Shamrell, owner of Allison Shamrell Pet Photography, brand new to
the San Diego, California area.

What’s this unconditional
love we speak of? The love you receive from a four-legged family member of
course! If you’re in the market to make an addition to your family, we’d like
to share with you some benefits, pointers, and upcoming events in hopes of helping you
find your perfect match. We agree with The Humane Society that the following
benefits are reason enough to choose adoption!

 

You’ll save a life!

Unfortunately millions of
dogs and cats are euthanized each year because more pets are being given up to
shelters than those getting adopted from shelters. This number can only be
reduced if adoption numbers rise. In some cases, making the choice to adopt
means that you’ll be saving two lives instead of one, the one you adopt and the
space you make for another homeless animal to come into the shelter, allowing
them a chance to be adopted too!

 

You’ll find a healthy pet!

Many people assume that
animals in shelters are there because they were abused or have something wrong
with them, when the reality is that most animals end up in shelters due to
problems that their owners encountered (i.e. moving, divorce, lack of time
or money). Most shelters give their animals thorough examinations, vaccinations,
and some even spay or neuter. It isn’t uncommon for a shelter to also do
behavior screening to ensure that you’ll be adopting a pet right for you.

 

You’ll save money!

Adopting a pet is much less
expensive than buying one from another source whether it’s a pet store or breeder.
And if you get a pet that’s already spayed or neutered, you’ll be saving that
expense as well.

 

You’ll help in the fight against puppy mills and pet stores!

A few weeks back we shared our
thoughts on puppy mills
. We don’t agree with these profit driven
dog-breeding operations for a number of reasons, most importantly being their
shockingly inhuman treatment of animals. Because animals from puppy mill are
often sold in pet stores, the only way to bring their practices to a halt is to
stop purchasing animals from those retailers. By adopting, you can rest assured
that you are in no way supporting these cruel practices.

 

You’ll feel better!

Not only do pets give you
unconditional love, but they also have the power to put a smile on your face
and overall joy in your life. Pets have been shown to be psychologically,
emotionally and physically beneficial! They provide a sense of purpose and a
form of companionship. In a sense, they can be good medicine for anyone’s
well-being.

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So now you’re probably
wondering how to start the process. Well here are a few pointers from Petfinder
that we thought would start you out on the right foot. Petfinder is a great
resource and also offers excellent pointers on choosing the right pet
once you’ve found the right shelter.

1) Search
out and select a few nearby shelters.
Use online resources or your
local phone book to find nearby shelters or rescue groups. Depending on where
you live, you may need to travel a few hours to find the right fit. We host adoptions each month at all three of
our Southern California Muttropolis store
locations, a great opportunity to meet your next four-legged
family member. See details below.
 

2) Avoid
shelters that use very similar, general descriptions for their dogs.
Chances
are these shelters probably don’t know the personalities of their pets very
well. 

3) Ask
each shelter about their return policy.
You want to find a shelter
that will accept the pet back at any time for the remainder of their life. This
shows that they are accepting full responsibility for each animal they come in
contact with.   

4) Ask
each shelter about their adoption procedures.
For
many families it is important that every member is able to visit with the pet
outside of their kennel. If you run into a shelter that does not allow this,
take them off your list and move on to the next. 

5) Ask
each shelter about their criteria for determining which pets are ready for
adoption.
Reputable shelters do temperament testing to
ensure that potentially dangerous pets are not available for adoption. If the
shelter you visit doesn’t deem this important, you and your family could be at
risk.

6) Attend
a training class or two.
Search out a trainer that you like who
motivates dogs with treats, toys and praise. Trainers, and their clients, can
be a great source for recommending shelters. If you encounter people who found their pet at a shelter, ask
about their experience.

7) Look beyond
a clean and/or new exterior when visiting shelters
. A
great team who truly cares for their animals is what you need to be looking for.
Some old or rundown shelters are staffed with fantastic people and house great animals,
but there are also shelters that are just as bad as they look. This goes for
the new, clean and bright shelters as well. Some treat their animals and potential
adopters well, but others are more a façade. Look for these things when you
visit the shelters you’re considering, and don’t be fooled.

8) Have
an open mind about the “kind” of dog you want.
If
you go to a shelter with a predetermined list of qualifications (age, breed,
sex, size, color, etc) you may have a tough time finding that perfect match.

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Are you a Southern
Californian? Then you’re in luck! As mentioned previously, we hold adoptions
each month at all three of our store locations.
We partner with local shelters and rescue groups to do
our part in saving as many lives as we can. So far this year we’ve had 15 pets
adopted at our events, and last year we had 33. Now that doesn’t include those
introductions that later led to adoptions, as we only have numbers for “on-the-spot”
adoptions, but we are hopeful that more came from those initial introductions. We
love to help how we can, so take a look at our upcoming adoptions listed below and if you’re in the
market for a new pet, visit us soon! 

 

Muttropolis La Jolla:

SNAP Adoption – Saturday,
July 27th at 11:00am

SNAP Adoption – Saturday, August
31st at 11:00am

 

Muttropolis Solana
Beach:

Four Paws Coonhound Adoption –
Saturday, August 3rd at 12:00pm

 

Muttropolis Newport Beach:

Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption
– Saturday, July 27th at 12:00pm

Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption
– Saturday, August 10th at 12:00pm

 

For further details, please visit the Events page on Muttropolis.com,
or find us on Facebook.

Join Muttropolis in the Fight Against Puppy Mills

As a
company who loves and lives for our pets and the pets of our customers, we at
Muttropolis strive to stay up-to-date on current animal-related issues. Our
goal is to provide a voice for our furry friends in need who cannot speak up
for themselves and broaden awareness amongst the vast animal-loving community. 

We
support many positive animal-related efforts, causes and movements, which in
turn means that there are also a few less than positive animal-related issues
we work to combat. A current and very close to home example of this is the proposed
ban against the sale of puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and rabbits in retail
environments in San Diego
.
We strongly support this ban and believe that eliminating the sale of these
animals in retail locations will help to prevent the sourcing of pets from
mills, along with other forms of irresponsible breeding.

Puppy Mills

We love
and appreciate all animals, no matter where they originated, and so we do not
treat pets that were previously purchased in a pet store differently, or look
down on their owners for that matter. We realize the majority of the population
is simply unaware of the inhumane practices that correspond with these retail
establishments; which is why at Muttropolis, we are committed to educating the
public on such matters.  

We urge
people to adopt, or to search out a breed rescue or a reputable breeder to find
the perfect furry fit for their family. As you read on, we believe you will
feel as strongly as we do in support of this ban. Note, the information below
is only a small snapshot of the inhumane environments and practices of puppy
mills.

  • A puppy mill is a
    commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little
    overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
  • Puppy mills will breed
    a female dog every time she is in heat. For instance, a 5 year old dog could
    have given birth to 10 litters of puppies.
  • In puppy mills,
    animals can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or
    exercise.
  • Often times, the water
    and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs. Puppies
    can even be malnourished.
  • Puppies in mills are
    found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages,
    severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes
    which often lead to blindness.
  • Most puppy mills have
    no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather
    (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
  • With limited or no
    regulations or enforcement, puppy mills have no cleanup control. This means
    that dogs can be living in urine and feces for indefinite periods of time.

*Sources: DoSomething.org, The Human
Society of the United States,
and PetsAdvisor.

How does
this relate back to the sale of pets in retail establishments? Often, these
store animals come from puppy mills and customers are given false information
about the dog’s lineage, health, breed and breeder, which is why it is so
important to be educated and not fall victim. Every year, retail pet stores
across America
sell around 500,000 dogs, while 5 to 7 million dogs enter shelters. Alarming
statistics such as these act as a wake up call, clearly demonstrating the need
to support adoptions and animal rescues. By doing so, we will help to put mills
out of business.

If you
would like to share your voice in support of this ban, please click here
and follow the instructions outlined by the San Diego Humane Society on how to
reach your city Council Member and make a difference. The more emails in
support that the Council Members receive will make a difference for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. 

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

This ban
will not infringe upon responsible breeders’ practices and sales. We realize
that many people need or prefer a specific breed for various reasons. If that
is the case for you and your family, we just ask that you do thorough research
to ensure that the breeder you choose is reputable and treats their animals
with exceptional care. If you decide that adoption is right for you, whether
from a breed specific rescue or non-breed specific group, take a look at the adoptions
opportunities
offered at all three of our Southern
California store locations. We do our best to provide great
opportunities to help you find your perfect match!

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July!

4th of July Dog

With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!

Check your pet’s
ID tag.
Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their
collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost,
they can be returned to you promptly! Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” If
you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they
don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter,
where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Never use
fireworks around pets.
When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether
activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many
types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium
nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays
can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
home.

Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes.
Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.

Keep your pets
on their normal diet.
Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets.
Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and
drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,
salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to
animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead
to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests
who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep
matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach
.
Many types of matches contain
chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty
breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter
fluid is also very harmful and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep citronella
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets.
If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals.
Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

If needed, take
additional precautions to keep your pet calm.
Even well-adjusted pets can
get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety,
please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their
fear and anxiety prior to the 4th of July festivities. There are
many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your
dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that
any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some
people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!

Keep Your Pets Flea Free, Naturally!

Free Dog

With
an abundance of flea and tick prevention products on the market, surrounded
with a great deal of press and controversy, shopping for a safe and successful product
for your pup can be quite a confusing hassle! But not to worry, Muttropolis is
here to help. We have a Natural Flea & Tick Control Collection that
offers many safe alternative options to keep your pet healthy, happy and flea
and tick free!

All NaturalWhy
do we only carry all-natural remedies? Well we know that prolonged exposure to
chemicals is not good for humans, so why should it be okay for your pet? This
is why we believe in finding only all-natural alternatives to prevent and
control flea and tick infestations. While many chemical-based products seem to
do the trick, they can be dangerous when not used properly and have in many
cases lead to serious illness and death in pets. Reports have demonstrated a
link between chemicals commonly used in flea and tick products to other serious
health problems, so it is very important for pet owners to be educated on
what’s safe and what’s not. Let us help educate you. Below you’ll find more
information about the products in our Natural Flea & Tick Control Collection.

Flea Free Food SupplementFlea Free Food Supplement: Keep your pet flea free the
natural way with this food supplement! Liquid based, this formula contains
garlic (which boasts over 200 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes) and
vinegar (packed with over 90 nutrients such as essential amino acids, helpful
vitamins, minerals and enzymes). When used daily, Flea Free prohibits
blood-feeding insects from biting and prevents the laying of eggs. For more
information click here.

Arctick Non Toxic Tick Removal Spray: A safe
and 100% effective alternative to typical tick pesticide treatments, Arctick is
a FDA registered non-toxic spray that instantly freezes and kills ticks on
contact. By immobilizing the tick before removal, you can effectively stop the
transmission of fluids between the tick and your pet. Designed to prevent the
spread of infectious disease which may occur during the removal of a tick.
Tweezers are included. For more information click here.



Richard's Organics Flea & Tick ShampooRichard’s Organics Flea Dog Shampoo
:
Naturally gentle, safe, and formulated to kill fleas without subjecting your
dog or puppy to the harsh chemicals found in traditional flea shampoos. This
100% all-natural flea shampoo is safe for dogs and puppies over 12 weeks of
age. Also repels mosquitoes. For more information click here.



Richard’s Organics Flea and Tick Dog Spray
:
Formulated to kill and repel fleas and ticks for up to four weeks without
exposing your pet and family to harsh chemicals. Safe for dogs and cats over 12
weeks old and safe for use around children. This spray helps sooth irritated
skin with Chamomile and Aloe Vera extracts. For more information click here.

Shoo! Tag: Creates a protective barrier from targeted pests,
reaching maximum strength within 36 hours after attachment. When used as
instructed, the three dimensional electromagnetic field embedded in the
magnetic strip utilizes the power of the bio-energetic field which surrounds
all living things to create a frequency barrier around pets for up to four
months. Chemical-free, odor-free and safe for pets, people and the planet! For
more information click here.


Flea Dog CombFlea Dog Comb
: Simple and easy to use, just comb in the
direction of hair growth, pulling the comb up and out of your pet’s coat to
remove fleas, eggs and debri. The ergonomic handle is easy on hands and wrists.
Recommended for all dogs and cats. For more information click here.

All
of our Natural Flea & Tick Control Products can be found in our
three store locations or online at Muttropolis.com. We hope to
help you keep your pup flea and tick free this season!

Teaming Up To Promote Pet Heath & Wellness At The Encinitas Pet Health Expo

We’re happy
to announce our attendance at this year’s Encinitas
Pet Health Expo
on Sunday, June 2nd. The expo is an excellent
opportunity for pets and owners to enjoy an array of fun activities while
promoting better health and wellbeing across the pet population. Doors open at
9:30AM and admission is free for all two-legged and four-legged attendees!

Main

Activities
will include professional pet photos, grooming, a contest for the “Best Trick”,
and a neuter scooter clinic. Informational booths, vendors and rescue
organizations will also be in attendance, giving away free goodies and prizes
as well as information and ideas to encourage pet health and wellness. At our Muttropolis booth, we will be handing
out delicious and nutritious food samples from our vast assortment of All Natural Dog Food. We will also be
offering visitors the chance to win a $25 Muttropolis Gift Card by signing up
for our raffle.  

In addition
to all of the fun and informative festivities, the County Department of Animal
Services will be on site offering dog licensing, rabies shots and
micro-chipping for residents of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar,
Santee, San Diego and unincorporated San Diego.

This year’s
expo will be held at the Encinitas
Civic Center
located at 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, California
92024
. It will
run from 9:30AM to 1:00PM and as mentioned admission is free for all. So mark
your calendar for June 2nd and join us in this movement to make a
positive impact on your pet’s life and the lives of pets everywhere!

Save 20% All April Long On Zukes Treats!

Enjoy 20%
off on Zukes all-natural, USA made treats for the
entire month of April! As many of you may already know, each month, we promote
a Treat of the Month with a
special offer. For the month of April, we have selected Zukes treats, offering all-natural,
chewy, meaty or vegetarian varieties, an option to compliment every pet’s diet and
keep them lip-licking!

Zukes

Zukes'
all-natural offerings include Mini
Natural Dog Treats
and Purrz Natural
Cat Treats
. The Mini Natural Dog
Treats
are ideal for training, or an anytime delicious reward. Tender and
free of preservatives, wheat, corn, added animal fat, and artificial colors and
flavors. These small, soft treats are available in chicken or peanut butter.
The Purrz Natural Cat Treats are
available in chicken or salmon, and provide the nutritious benefits of chicken,
salmon, spelt, soy, malted barley and fish oil, with no artificial colors,
flavors, no BHA, added tallow or by-products.

Filets
Supers
Links
For those
canines who crave more explosive flavor, we carry Zukes Z Filets Dog Treats, Lil
Links Dog Treats
, and Vegetarian
Super Dog Treats
. Zukes Z Filets
are packed full of pure protein and antioxidant-rich herbs. Available in beef,
chicken and venison flavor, all grain-free and made from over 80% pure USA or New Zealand meats. Zukes Lil Links, available in
chicken, pork or rabbit flavor, are also grain-free, packed full of pure
protein and antioxidant-rich herbs, but with the addition of apples, potatoes,
and carrots. Zukes Vegetarian Super Dog
Treats
are packed full of naturally powerful nutrients and anti-oxidant
super foods including berries, betas and greens to promote a super-charged,
healthy lifestyle. Vegetarian Supers
come in three different combinations including tasty greens, yummy berry and
yummy betas. The Z Filets, Lil Links and Vegetarian treats all contain no mystery meats, byproducts,
artificial colors, flavors, or added animal fat in any of these.

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Not to be
left unmentioned is the Zukes Z-Bone,
a Dental Fresh Bone. This natural, edible dental chew is loaded with powerful
breath freshening herbs and healthy whole food antioxidants. The chewy,
grain-free formula helps to scrap and clean teeth and is easily digestible. The
Z-Bone is available in three sizes
to accommodate all breeds.

Our Treat of the Month promotion on Zukes is only valid from April 1st
through April 30th, or until supplies last. So don’t miss out on
this great deal, a fantastic way to add some new flavor into your pet’s life! Online
customers can redeem this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code ZUKES at checkout. The promotion
is also being offered at all three of our Southern California Muttropolis store locations, one in Solana
Beach, La Jolla and Newport Beach.

Entertainment Time: DOGTV Viewing Party On March 9th

DogtvMuttropolis is moving into the entertainment
business, for an afternoon at least! We’re happy to be teaming up with DOGTV to host a viewing party for our
furry customers and adoring parents. DOGTV is cable’s first network for
canines, with every frame and sound designed 100% for dogs. The viewing party
will be held from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, March 9th at our Newport Beach Muttropolis store in the Fashion Island
Shopping Center. “Puptails”
will be available for canine guests and special treats for their parents.

We’re dedicated to keeping a pulse on the latest and most innovative
products for pets, and that is why we have partnered with DOGTV. Many pups, and their owners, feel anxious
about their time apart, but with DOGTV that anxiety can be alleviated for
everyone. DOGTV promises all of the fidos in the world that they will never feel
alone again. A babysitter in a sense, DOGTV is for your dog when you can’t be!

Twopups

Committed
to preventing mental fatigue, depression and boredom, the creators of DOGTV have
conducted extensive research and found that dogs do in fact feel better in the
company of television, especially when the content is relaxing, stimulating, or
includes positive behavioral reinforcements. Soothing sounds with varying
frequencies are combined with carefully chosen visuals to generate different content
to calm, encourage playfulness, and expose dogs to habituating, comforting
stimuli. 

DOGTV is available
on COX On DEMAND at a subscription
price of $4.99/month. For every attendee who brings in proof of a DOGTV
subscription, DOGTV will donate $5 to Recycled
Pets
, an all breed K-9 rescue group in Orange County.
Recycled Pets rescues adoptable dogs from county shelters who would otherwise
be killed and place them into responsible, loving, forever homes.

RemoteThe DOGTV
Viewing Party is a great opportunity to entertain and socialize your pup, while
also educating yourself on how DOGTV might fit into your life. And don’t
forget, if you purchase a subscription, or already have one, bring proof and you’ll
be giving back to pups in need! Our Newport
Beach store is located at 865 Newport Center Drive. We hope to see
you and your pup there, between 12pm and 3pm on March 9th.

Top Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Sandy



http://www.muttropolis.com/category/dog/designer-dog-clothing-gear-accessories-jackets-coats.cfmDon't forget to plan for your pets!


As Hurricane Sandy threatens land along the East Coast, it is important to plan for your pets when preparing for the storm. Our friends at the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States have provided us with top pet preparation tips to ensure pet safety if Hurricane Sandy and other looming storms reach your region.

[Related: Hurricane Ready: 6 Tips to Keep Pets Storm Safe ]

1) Prepare To Take Your Pets — Don't leave your pets at home. If you're planning to head to a Red Cross Shelter or hotel, remember that not all will take animals. Here's a list of directories for finding a pet-friendly hotel by the ASPCA. Other options include a veterinary clinic, animal control shelter or pet shelter.

2) Photos & ID's Please! — Keep a current photograph of your pet in case something happens to them during the storm. Identification in the form of a collar is also essential and will make it easier to locate them if they get lost.

[Related: Pets During Hurricanes – What To Do ]

3) Leash And Pet Carriers — Think about how exactly you will keep track of your pet during the storm, and how you will transport them should you decide to evacuate. A leash and/or pet carrier will ensure your animal doesn't go astray.

4) Bring Your Pet Inside — The last thing you want is to have to hunt for your pet on the brink of a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center suggests that owners calm and comfort pets inside well in advance of the actual storm.

[Related: Avoid Cat-astrophy With The Cat Evacuation Jacket ?– [PHOTOS] ]

5) What To Pack — The ASPCA recommends you pack five to seven days of pet food and water along with litter trays, litter and trash bags. Pet first aid kits might be a good idea, and remember their medications. If you are taking them to an animal shelter, you'll need to bring all of the above and ensure your pet has its rabies tags, up to date immunization records and labelled supplies.

For more information, the American Red Cross has more about disaster preparedness and safety for pets.

Source: Janet McCulley, Muttropolis Co-founder & The Daily Treat on AnimalPlanet.com

Alert: In Hot Weather, Pets Belong at Home, Not in Your Car

Dog in CarOverheating Kills: What To Do if You See a Pet Locked in a Hot Car

With summer upon us, temperatures around the nation have been rising and nothing upsets me more than discovering a helpless pet locked in a hot car on a warm day – even if the windows are open. WHAT IN THE HECK are these people thinking!?! Living in Southern California, I spend more time running around grocery stores and strip malls trying to track down the clueless owners of these poor pets who then proceed to tell me they "…just ran into the store for a minute..." or  "…left the windows open, so he should be fine…"  My answer to them: No – your pet is not fine and here's why:

Point Number One: Even on a relatively milld 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees – even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes a car's interior can actually reach a staggering 120 degrees. Your car is now an oven.

Point Number Two: Even if the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Parking your car in shade does not offer protection on a hot day because the sun moves.

Point Number Three: While humans have sweat glands all over our bodies that help regulate our body heat, dogs cool down mostly by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. In only a short amount of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical damage to his nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

Do Something! What You Can Do

At least 14 states and many municipalities have enacted laws to address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. Under these laws, you, police, animal control agents, peace officers and others may be authorized to enter a vehicle by whatever means necessary to remove an animal. Learn more about the regulations in your area here >

If you’re out and about on a hot day and see an animal alone in a car, you should immediately try to find the car’s owner. If you have no luck, or if the owner refuses to act, contact local law enforcement and/or animal control. 

In my opinion, if the local law enforcement or animal welfare officer can't arrive quickly enough, I say get the dog out of the car  - keeping in mind that you shouldn't put your life in danger either. As well, the ASPCA has created these handy Pets In Hot Cars flyers (pdf) which you can print out and distribute in your neighborhood to help educate people about the danger of leaving pets in hot cars.   

I am going to keep these flyers stocked in my car glovebox – I encourage you to do the same!

-Janet McCulley

Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at AnimalPlanet.com

Pets Behaving Badly: Stuff My Pet Ruined

What stuff has your pet ruined? Show us your pictures!

If you have ever visited the hilarious site Sh*t My Kids Ruined, a website asserting to be the "strongest visual birth control on the market today," then you are going to absolutely love the website Sh*t My Pets Ruined - a site dedicated to the stuff that our pets have destroyed, or "…otherwise made filthy, distasteful, gross or painful." Whether your pet has ruined your car interiors, your social life, your couch, your ability to travel or simply the smell of your home, the clever creators of this site invite you to tell your story…the good, the bad or the ugly.

U of K BBQ Cover

[Encourage pup to gnaw on these all-natural teething rings instead of your Manolos]

With the site's permission, we've picked out a few of our favorite recent submissions, which are featured below, along with commentary from the submitter.  

Do you have a pet that has creatively chewed, chomped and repurposed your home decor or otherwise?

If so, share your pics with us on our Muttropolis Facebook Page or submit them to Sh*t My Pets Ruined! As well, be sure to check out their hilarious book, Sh*t My Kids Ruined  - it's sure to make your kids, nieces, nephews or siblings look like complete angels. 

[Nearly indestructible, your chomping champion will meet their match with this super tough Tuffy Toy]

Upholstery

 

Photograph

 

Vision

Family Photo