Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week

Posted On: 08-06-2018

America’s Family Pet Expo was happy to bring Guide Dogs of America to the Expo this past year, and since it’s International Assistance Dog Week, want to recognize all of the hardworking, faithful dogs who help ease the lives of people with limitations every day.  These dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical and mental disabilities by being a guide, an assistant, and a friend.

We hope you learned a lot about guide dogs at the Demonstrations that were part of the Expo in April, but want to expand on this to highlight the different types of assistance dogs and what they do.   According to Assistancedogweek.org, these are the different types of assistance dogs and their functions:

Guide Dogs – Assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators and stairways.

Service Dogs – Assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household chores, such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer.

Hearing Alert Dogs – Alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door or smoke, fire and clock alarms.

Seizure Alert/Seizure Response Dogs – Alert or respond to medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress and seizures.

Medical Alert/Medical Response Dogs – Alert to oncoming medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, and post traumatic stress disorder.

Don’t these dogs do amazing work! Take some time this week to celebrate what these dogs do and how the better the lives of their handlers!

Pet Fire Safety Tips

Posted On: 07-13-2018

We all love our pets and want to keep them safe.  So in honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day, we want to highlight some ideas on how to prevent fires, and how to be prepared for them.

How to prevent fires:

  • Do not leave an open flame unattended.  Pets are curious creatures and can easily cause a fire to start if left alone with an open flame. Since candles can easily be knocked over, flameless candles are a better option.
  • Keep your pet be away from the stove.  Even if a burner is not on, pets can bump or move the knobs, which can easily start a fire.  Keep your pets out of the kitchen or remove the knobs to keep your home, and pets, safe.
  • Did you know that glass water bowls on wooden decks can start fires?  We’ve all see the science experiment where you use a magnifying glass to start leaves or grass on fire.  Well, glass bowls can do the same thing.  Opt for a ceramic or stainless steel bowl instead.

How to be prepared for fires if pets are home alone:

  • When you leave, keep your pets near an entrance with collars on.  That way, if there is a fire, they will be easy to find and rescue.
  • Put a Pet Alert cling in your front window with the number of pets you have inside your house.  This allows rescuers to know how many pets to look for.

How to be prepared for fires when at home:

  • Make a family disaster plan and include your pet.  Who will be responsible for each pet?
  • Remember where your pet hides when scared.  This may be where it will go if a fire breaks out.
  • Plan to take your pet’s carrier when evacuating.  This will keep your pet contained and somewhat comfortable in a scary situation.
  • Ask a friend or family member if they will care for your pet in case there is an emergency so that, if you become displaced from your home, your pet will have someplace to go.

We hope that these tips will keep you and your pet safe and fire free!

Celebrating the 4th of July with Your Pet

Posted On: 07-02-2018

Do you have plans for celebrating the 4th of July with your pet?  While you celebrate our Nation, the freedom it provides, and the people who have provided with friends and family, consider these tips to ensure your pet also has a good, safe holiday: 

Have a private party.  If you want to celebrate with your pet, do an activity you know your pet will enjoy by yourselves or with a select group.  Chances are, your pet won’t enjoy the loud noises and lack of space that will probably come with the regular 4th of July festivities.   Celebrate with your pet, then venture out on your own to the other gatherings and let your pet enjoy the peace and quiet.

Get your own goodies.    Part of the fun of the 4th of July is all the great food!  But be wary of what your pet gets a hold of. There are many foods pets should not partake of.  Instead of turning to table scraps, try getting a special pet-friendly treat so your furry friend doesn’t miss out on the fun.

Block out the noise.  Fireworks may be pretty, but they are also loud and can make animals very skittish.  Put your pets in a safe, comfortable room.  Put on the TV or radio to help drowned out the loud booms and close the blinds to block out the bright lights.

Leave the human stuff for the humans. Sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella, glow sticks, and other Fourth of July staples are meant for humans, not for animals.  Any of these items, if digested, can cause your pet to get sick.  While you may know not to eat them, your pet may not, so keep them out of reach.

We at America’s Family Pet Expo hope you have a safe, fun fourth of July!