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Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

VECC, ECOM & VPOD: Train-The-Trainers Training

A three(3) hour multiple platform training program

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7:30am – 11:30am
Where: Volunteer Emergency Command Center (VECC)
19040 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

This is a NO FEE For The Training (Register Here)

Trained Volunteer Preparedness
Learn systems, operations & procedures of the volunteer emergency command center (VECC) program and how it will be activated and operated by trained volunteer following a whole community emergency & disaster.

Emergency & Disaster Communications
Learn the benefit of being a HAM Radio Operator and how the VECC & Mobile ECOMM Trailer will connect with LAEMDEOC  and LAEPF BOC Emergency Communications in the LAEMD EOC.

Volunteer Point of Distribution (VPOD) Disaster Relief Services
Learn how VPODs will be opened and operational in the First Hours following a While Community Emergency & Disaster – With Disaste First Aid, Sheltering & Basic Commodity Beverage + Food Service.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo – Today @ 5:00 pm

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo

El Pueblo Historical Monument’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This family event will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, refreshments, children’s bounce house, and more.

This event is free and open to the public– please feel free to share this invite with your friends and family.

For further inquiries about the event, please contact: (213) 485-8435 or e-mail: lynard.garcia@lacity.org.

Town Hall Meeting – October 22 @ 11:00 am

valley-town-hall-color-flyer-v4Please join on Saturday Oct. 22 at 11 am at the wonderful (but endangered) Sportsmen’s Lodge on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City as the Coalition to Preserve LA and several Community groups hold our very own Town Hall on over-development, gridlock and harm to our neighborhood character — and what we can do about it in the San Fernando Valley.

Our Valley Town Hall will feature every day people trying to save their neighborhoods from huge developments that tower over our residential homes and out of scale projects that destroy the character of our neighborhoods.  The speakers panel will feature heroic community fighters like Richard Close, leader of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, who know what it’s like to fight — and win.

Co-sponsors are the Chase Knolls Residents and Neighbors Association and the San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Coalition.

An invitation flyer is attached. RSVP is required to neighborhoodintegrity@gmail.com. This is a FREE event. Find out about the quiet deals underway to over-develop our livable communities in the Valley, and what you can do about it.  For more information visit http://2preservela.org/coalition-to-preserve-la-invites-public-san-fernando-valley-town-hall/

And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

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