Pet tips and resources
RASKC is pleased to share these behavior and wellness resources from nationally recognized animal welfare organizations. You can also find more resources on our Pet Assistance Program page.
- Your new dog
- Aggressive behavior
- Destructive Chewing
- Crate training
- Dog reactivity
- Fearful behavior
- House training
- Introducing dog to dog
- Loose leash walking
- Preventing jumping
- Resource guarding
- Separation anxiety
- Traveling with pets
- Interacting safely with dogs
- Children and dogs
- Under socialized dogs
- Dog enrichment
- Your new cat
- Aggression between cats
- Cat aggression towards people
- Destructive scratching
- Fearful behavior in cats
- Indoor vs. outdoor cats
- Introducing cat to cat
- Introducing cats to other pets
- Litter box problems
- Marking behavior
- Overstimulation in cats
- Traveling with pets
- Children and Cats: Important Information for Parents
- Adopting an Under socialized Cat
- Play with your Cat
- Understanding Why your Cat is up at Night
Hot weather safety
Animals cannot sweat like humans, and they are vulnerable to overheating quickly, especially when the temperature rises above 80 degrees. Be sure your pets are ready for the summer heat with these safety tips:
- Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.
- Though pets still need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and dogs with thick coats, as they are especially vulnerable to overheating.
- On very hot days, limit walks to early morning or evening hours. Remember that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws.
- NEVER leave your pet in a car on a hot day. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage, or death. If you see a pet in distress from the heat, call 9-1-1 or if you live in the RASKC service area call 206-296-7387.
Fireworks are beautiful to look at, but they can be scary for our pets. The bangs and booms are hard on their sensitive hearing, and even the calmest pet can get upset by the unfamiliar loud noises. To help your pet cope with the noise from fireworks, and reduce the chance that it runs away, here's a few tips:
- Keep your pet secured indoors in the quietest room of your home while fireworks are going off. You can also use soothing music or television as a distraction. Some pets will stay calmer when placed in a secure crate in a darkened, quiet room.
- If your pet is normally kept outside, bring them inside or put them in a well-ventilated garage or shed or in a basement during fireworks displays.
- Make sure your pet is licensed and has an ID tag or microchip. Pets with ID have a much greater chance of being returned to their owners.
- Don't assume that your pet won't react just because you haven't had problems in the past. Sometimes, pets become sensitive to loud noises later in life.
- If your pet does manage to escape, RASKC is ready to help. Owners of missing pets can check in person at all local shelters,or visit our Lost Pets page. If you've found a stray pet, visit our Found Pets page.
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For wellness, holiday, and weather-related pet safety tips, visit our blog Tails from RASKC.