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4th of July!

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: Pet Safety Tips|

More pets get lost on the 4th of July then any other day of the year. Protect your pets by insuring they have current identification on proper fitting collars. If your pet requires medication contact your animal clinic now. Do not take pets to firework displays and/or leave them in hot cars at events.

Dental Health

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

“Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems.  Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.” (The American Veterinary Medical Association)

It’s summer! Please don’t leave your dog in your car!

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Every spring and summer there are many well-meaning animal lovers who leave their (primarily) dogs in vehicles while they shop or run errands without realizing that their beloved pet may end up suffering — or even dying — due to the effects of heatstroke. Most people don’t know that even on mild days, with temperatures in the low to mid-70’s, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach 100 degrees. In warmer, 85-degree weather, temperatures can reach 120 degrees within a half hour, even if a car window is left open a crack. Leaving animals unattended in a vehicle on a warm or hot day  is not only unsafe, it’s also illegal. Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably cause suffering, disability, or death is a crime that carries with it up to six months in jail in L.A. (Penal Code 597.7). Click here to read the entire article on and for links to download the Hot Oven, Hot Car poster.

Protect your animal from the sun!

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Pet Safety Tips|

Below is an article I had published in The Westlake Bay Village Observer (2009).  I believe strongly that is worth sharing as sunny and warmer days are here. Just like humans, our animals are prone to skin cancers and other consequences of the heat.“If we feel hot, they even feel hotter!” According to local veterinarian Stephanie Dean, the main point about dogs and heat stroke is that because of their fur coats and the limited mechanisms of heat exchange (panting and sweating through their feet), if we feel hot, they even feel hotter, especially on those humid Cleveland days. Brachycephelic breeds (example: boxers, bostons, pugs) and overweight dogs and others with health issues are particularly at risk because of their compromised breathing and panting ability. Panting is not an ideal way to cool as it requires a lot of muscle activity, which in turn generates more heat. If a dog's core body temperature remains elevated for a significant amount of time, damage occurs to the brain, blood and organs. A core body temperature of 110 degrees for even a few minutes can result in death.  So be safe and smart and let your canine companion take a dip, offer shade, lots of [...]

Do not let Fido get you a ticket!

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, just under 1,200 dogs are current on 2019 county dog licenses for both Westlake and Bay Village combined. That is a significant decline from previous years. At this time the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is monitoring communities that are or have become non-compliant with keeping current licenses on dogs. However, our dog population has not declined with dogs walking in our communities, visible in our parks, animal hospitals and other professional pet care providers caring for new and multiple pet family members. Alarming is the frustrating and growing presence of "no tags or collar" in animal facilities and on social media. The Ohio Codified Ordinance 955.01 states, in brief: "Ohio law requires owners of dogs to purchase/renew their dog license each year between December 1 and January 31." Fines are applicable for late registration of a county dog license application. Fines from local law enforcement can range from $20 and up per incident. Some municipalities have also retained dogs until the owner could prove or provide proof of a current tag and then been fined a daily charge for the dog being held. Even if you missed the renewal period to purchase a [...]

Inspect Your Fence!

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Please remember to check gates and fencing as sometimes they are left open or not properly secured by lawn care, heavy winds and other individuals entering the premises.  Consider attaching a sign that says “please close gate.”  You can also secure gates with bungee cords (which might be chewed), locks or clips.   This is also a good time to inspect fencing and to insure electronic containment is working properly and to mark it for landscapers. Check around your fencing to look for low areas where animals may have dug in or the ground has shifted around your fencing. If putting up or modifying fencing inspect it well to insure it is secured properly and how much space is visible from the fence to the ground. Consider adhering chicken wire fencing to the bottom.  Since some pets can scale or jump fencing don’t leave choke collars on dogs so they don’t get hung on fence.  Consider electronic containment or good tethering within fencing. Remember with just electronic containment you are containing your pet but not keeping others out.  Have a clear understanding of boundaries and what potential issues can arise with electronic fencing (deliveries, power outages, etc).  Check city ordinances [...]

Keeping your dog safe when the fireworks start | Cesar’s Way

By | June 29th, 2018|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

By Cesar Millan Some dogs have no problem with the sight and sound of fireworks if they’ve been desensitized — hunting dogs, for example, grow used to the sounds and smells of hunting rifles and gun powder. Most dogs, however, are not used to these things, so the Fourth of July can be a particularly stressful holiday for dogs and their humans alike. More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Keep a keen eye on your dog during the commotion, and make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. Related: Keep your dog safe in the summer It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct. Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming [...]

Heat can kill!

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Bay Village Police Animal Control Officer Mark Adkins would like to remind residents that the inside of a car is a dangerous place, even in seemingly mild weather. When its 70 degrees out it could be 120 in a car with direct sunlight. Police are cracking down. In North Olmsted, a dog owner was arrested for animal cruelty just two weeks ago. If you have any questions, please contact ACO Adkins at  440-899-3414 or

Please Have an Emergency Evacuation Plan for Your Family (Pets and Humans)

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: General, Pet Safety Tips|

This past week, we've had some terribly windy days. In the wee hours of Monday morning, I woke up to a strong smell of smoke in the air. I stepped outside; the odor was strong but I couldn't hear sirens nor see the glow of a fire anywhere. I turned on my computer, and was immediately able to find news about the source of the smoke: a wildfire had broken out about 10 miles north of my town. Another was burning about 20 miles to the east. My town was safe - but oh my word, there were also enormous fires burning 100 miles away, in the heavily populated areas of Napa and Sonoma Counties. And the wind was still gusting at 50 and 60 miles per hour, spreading burning embers far, wide, and fast. As I type, tens of thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and businesses, and hundreds of homes and businesses have burned to the ground. Read More

Washing Debris Out of Your Dog’s Ears

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

  Dr. Hershman realized that when an ear is not inflamed and not painful but full of debris or tarry exudates from a yeast or bacterial infection, flushing the ear makes sense. "If you don't flush it out but keep applying medication on top of the debris," she says, "you're never going to cure the problem. But I also learned that flushing the ear is an art. You can't simply fill the ear with otic solution and expect it to flow out by itself, taking all the debris with it. Because the dog's ear canal forms a right angle, you just can't get the liquid out unless you suction it gently with a bulb syringe or some kind of tube with a syringe attached." Flushing the ears, says Dr. Hershman, is one of the most important techniques you can learn for keeping your dog's ears healthy. "They don't teach this in veterinary school," she says. "It's something people learn by experience." When should the ears not be flushed? "If they're painful, ulcerated, or bleeding," she says, "or if there's slimy, slippery pus in the ear or a glutenous, yeasty, golden yellow discharge. In any of these cases, flushing is not [...]