Protecting Your Pets This Summer

Keeping your furry friends safe this sticking head out the window

Now that summer weather is here, you are probably excited to go out and enjoy the warm weather with your pets.  However, it’s important to remember that summer poses certain risks to your four-legged friends.  Here are some of the safety suggestions that you should keep in mind to protect your pets this season.

Know the Signs of Overheating

Cats and dogs can get overheated if they are exposed to direct sunlight or are running around in high temperatures for extended periods of time.  If your pets are playing outside, it’s important that you keep an eye out for potential signs of heat exhaustion.  Your cat’s temperature should be between 100.4° to 102.5°, while your dog should range between 100° and 103°.  Early signs of overheating include the following:

  • Heavy panting
  • Dry or bright red gums
  • Thick drool
  • Diarrhea
  • Wobbly legs

If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet inside or move them to the shade.  Offer them a drink and lay a damp towel over their body to bring their temperature down.  Avoid putting your pet in cool water as this could put them into shock.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

If you are taking your pet with you as you run errands, it’s vital that you do not leave them alone in an unventilated car.  As a car can heat up to over 100° in a matter of minutes, you should not leave them even for a short amount of time.  Even if you leave your car running with the air turned on, there’s no telling what might happen.  Your battery could die, leaving your poor pet to suffer and potentially die.  So, either plan of taking your pet with you everywhere or leave them at home.

Apply Sunscreen

While surprising, it’s true that pets can get a sunburn.  This is especially common with breeds that have short, or light-colored hair.  If you are planning to spend the day out with your pet, then make sure that you protect them with sunscreens that are specially formulated for pets.  Reapply every 3-4 hours (more frequently if your pet gets wet) and focus the sunscreen in less furry spots like their stomachs, ears, and nose.

Here are some of the summer pet safety tips that you should keep in mind.  Want another way to protect your pets and other loved ones?  Then secure the right personal insurance coverages.  For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.

Handling Family Pets During an Emergency Situation

Here’s what you should do to keep your pets safe during an emergency situation.Handling Family Pets During an Emergency Situation

Between the wildfires on the West Coast and the hurricanes buffeting the east, this country has seen its fair share of natural disasters and emergency situations. These recent events have reminded people across the country about the importance of emergency planning and being ready for the worst. While you may have a plan for your family members, what about your four-legged friends? If you are not sure how to prepare your pets for an emergency, here are some of the steps you should take.

Pet IDs

If you are forced to evacuate your home, there’s a chance that you and your pet may be separated in the chaos. However, taking certain precautions beforehand will ensure your swift reunion. For instance, you should always make sure that your pets are wearing tags with your most updated address and contact information stamped on it. Additionally, you should have your pets microchipped. This way you can still be identified as your pet’s owner even if they somehow slip out of their collars or lose their tags.

Gather Essential Supplies

Just as you made an emergency kit for the human members of your family, you will also need to make a kit for your pets. Your emergency kit should include food, water, a pet first-aid kit, current medications, disposable bags for waste clean-up, bedding, an individual carrier for each pet, and some toys to keep them occupied. Have this kit assembled at the first sign of danger so you can just grab these supplies, scoop up your pet, and be good to go.

Find Shelter

If you are forced to evacuate, some human shelters will not let you bring your pets with you. If this is the case, you will have to take your pets to another safe location. Your local veterinarian or animal shelter should have a list of havens where pet owners can take their pets during an emergency evacuation. If you have a little more time, you can also make arrangements with friends or family members to house your pets until the emergency has passed.

These are some of the steps you should take to keep your pets safe during an emergency situation. Want another way to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency? Make sure you have the proper insurance protections in place. For assistance with all your personal coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services to get started today.

Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween Pet Safety

Keep your furry friends safe this Halloween!

The constant ringing of the doorbell and the screams of “trick-or-treat!” is enough to rile up even the most relaxed pet on Halloween.  Make sure your dog, cat, or other pet stays safe this Halloween by keeping these safety tips in mind.

Keep pets away from the door.

Though you may hate the idea of confining your pet, keeping your pet away from the front door is really in their best interest.  All the commotion of Halloween might overexcite your pet and could cause them dart out the front door or even start to snap at people.  This Halloween, don’t take any risks and just keep your pets away from the front door.

Keep outdoor cats inside.

Halloween is a notoriously dangerous time for cats.  Unfortunately, vicious people use Halloween as an excuse to harm cats.  In the days leading up to Halloween and a few nights after, make sure you keep your cat inside.  While they may get restless and beg to go out, just remember that they’re much safer at home with you.

Don’t feed your pets candy.

While candy and other Halloween goodies are delicious treats for humans, they are not pet friendly.  No matter how hard your furry friend begs for a bite of your chocolate bar, make sure you don’t give in.  Dogs and cats cannot process chocolate and even a small amount can be deadly.

Watch out for candles around your pets.

If you are decorating your home this Halloween, make sure you avoid using candles or other fire elements.  All it takes is a particularly exuberant tail wag or a mischievous swat of the paw to send a lit candle flying towards the carpet.  Do yourself, your pets, and your home a favor and say no to candles inside your home.

This Halloween, make sure all your pets stay safe by following this advice.  To keep your furry friends safe on Halloween and all year long, make sure they are protected with the right insurance.  To get the coverage your pets deserve, contact the professionals at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Our friendly team is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.

Why You Need to Walk Your Dog

Why You Need to Walk Your DogWalking your dog is more than a chore, it’s your moral responsibility. 

Dogs have co-evolved with humans for the last 30,000 years. In fact, a recent study shows that dogs are much better at reading our emotions, intentions, and even our speech much better than we previously thought. They are completely dependent on us for food, water, and pretty much everything else, and that’s why it’s important that you take your dog out for a walk twice a day. Not doing so can stress out your dog and create an unhealthy and abusive environment for it. Here are a few benefits to walking your dog.

Pudge Prevention

Daily walks, along with a healthy diet, can prevent pet obesity. Obesity can lead to further complications like arthritis and diabetes, but they are preventable.

Healthy Bonding

Dogs are pack animals. It’s in their DNA to be a part of a pack (or family). Every walk you take strengthens your bond and also gets both of you moving. It lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, too!

Good Vibes

A tired dog is a good dog. All that walking releases that stored up energy and works wonders to zen your best friend into a much calmer dog. It could be your solution as to why the dog keeps scratching the sofa or keeps losing fur.

Moral Responsibility

If you didn’t want to take care of a living creature, you could have gotten a stuffed animal. Dogs are living creatures with personalities and emotions. It is not only your legal responsibility to keep this creature alive, but happy and healthy.

There is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner. Don’t be a bad owner! For all of your pet insurance needs to ensure you have the right coverage, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Toys and Treats: The Best Your Pets Can Chew

Toys and Treats: The Best Your Pets Can ChewKeep your furry friends entertained and safe with these excellent chew toys.

Pets are family members; like any other member of your family you want to make sure they are safe, and since dogs and cats will put anything in their mouth, it’s important that what they do put in their mouth is safe for them. Here are some thoughts from the Humane Society of the U.S. to help you make wise choices when buying chew toys for your pets.

Dog Safety

  • Balls are the most basic toy out there and the most common. One handy rule of thumb is to watch for your dog’s yawn. You don’t want to buy a ball that will slip through and get stuck in their windpipe. Purchase a ball that’s 10 percent larger than their throat to avoid the worst-case scenario.
  • Careful with any toys with squeakers as they could get caught in the dog’s throat. They are also incredibly annoying at 10:00 PM and you’re trying to read or watch TV.
  • Make sure that your toys are durable for strong chewers. Toys filled with beads and fluff can harm the dog.

Cat Safety

  • Luckily for you cat owners, cats are easy to please. A simple box, a crumpled-up paper ball, a toilet paper roll. A cat can find pretty much anything entertaining.
  • If you choose to play with a laser pointer, be sure to reward your cat after a good play session. There are some that believe that never catching the point of light frustrates the cat.
  • String, ribbon, yarn, and dental floss should all be kept out of reach from a cat. They love to chew and swallow these items which then makes for an awkward removal process out the other end.

For all of your pet insurance needs to ensure you have the right coverage, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.