Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets

Posted On: 06-19-2018

Are you and your pet enjoying summer?  Are you spending a lot of time outside?  While it nice to enjoy the warm weather with your pet outdoors, proper precautions are key to keeping your pet safe in the heat.  Here are a few tips from America’s Family Pet Expo:

  • Stay in the shade.  The hot sun may make for a good tan, but as with humans, can cause dehydration and skin burns.  Also, the hot ground can hurt your pet’s paws.
  • Know the limit.  Be wary of over-exercising your pet, especially when it is extremely hot.  Signs of overheating include:excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart  rate, increased respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, and stupor.  Some cases even include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.   Some pets are more susceptible to heat stroke, so do a little research to know what your pet can handle.
  • Stay hydrated.  Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water to drink.
  • No parking.  Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.  The temperature in a parked car rises very quickly and can be fatal.
  • Get groomed. Trimming down that hair in the summer months can be a lot cooler for your dog, but never shave it.  The fur protects it from overheating and sunburn.  For your cat, brushing it more often can help prevent overheating.
  • Lather up.  Pets can get sunburn too. If you plan to be out in the sun during peak  hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), put a little sunscreen (made specifically for pets) on unprotected areas like the tips of the ears, the tip of the nose, and the skin around the lips.

Summer in the sun is so much fun (especially in Southern California), so enjoy the warmth and enjoy the time with your pet!

Pet Travel Tips

Posted On: 06-11-2018

Do you have vacation plans this summer?  Do you plan on taking your pet?  Here are a few tips from America’s Family Expo.

Prepare your pet and get a check up. Traveling with a sick pet isn’t enjoyable for anyone.  A check-up before you leave on vacation may help you avoid sickness.  And while you are at the vet, make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations and have your vet issue a health certificate.  Proper paperwork may be required when crossing state lines and country lines.  Plus, having your medical records as well as your vet’s contact information may come in handy if your pet happens to have a medical issue while away.

Properly ID your pet.  Whether or not you micro-chip your pet, make sure you attach a temporary ID tag to your pet’s collar that lists your cell phone number, email address, and any other contact information that might be helpful in contacting you while away from home.  Having a recent picture of your pet with you may also be helpful.  While we hope your pet does not stray away while on vacation, it is best to be prepared!

Make a list of what you need so you don’t forget anything.  Some things to pack along may include: water and water bowls, a leash, toys, grooming supplies, bedding, litter and a litter box, and any necessary medications.  Also, be sure to pack enough pet food and treats, especially if your pet eats a specific brand that may not be available where you are going.

Practice car safety.  You may hate restraining your pet, but it is important both you and your pet’s safety.  Not having your pet restrained many not only cause him or her to get hurt a lot easier, but can also be a distraction to you and lead to an accident.  There are many different options that allow your pet to be restrained comfortably.  Travel crates, vehicle barriers, car seats, and seat belts are some of the options that are available.  But before you hit the road, let your pet get comfortable and familiar with the restraints so that your trip is less stressful for everyone.

Enjoy your vacation!

Facts about Sea Lions

Posted On: 04-20-2018

Sea Lions are fascinating creatures, which is why America’s Family Pet Expo is happy to feature the Sea Lion Splash Show at the 2018 Expo April 27-29! These intelligent and amusing animals can balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two. You won’t want to miss this feature of America’s Family Pet Expo as it will be both entertaining and educational!

To help you understand more about sea lions, here are some fun facts:

  • Sea lions can see underwater because they have a reflective membrane at the back of the eye that acts like a mirror, bouncing the little light they find in the ocean back through the eye a second time.
  • A sea lion can typically remain underwater for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • While swimming, sea lions can reach speeds of 18 miles per hour in the water, but only for a short time.
  • Sea Lions use their whiskers to help them navigate the dark ocean waters. Each long whisker, called a vibrissa, rotates around with the underwater currents, allowing the sea lion to “feel” any creatures swimming nearby.

To learn more about sea lions, attend Sea Lion Splash during America’s Family Pet Expo.  The Show will take place at the Park Plaza of the OC Fair & Event Center at the following times:

Friday, April 27th at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 28th at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:45 pm

Sunday, Aprul 19th at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Learn more about America’s Family Pet Expo by visiting www.petexpooc.org.