Right now, a big beautiful dog is waiting for a devoted and caring family! Love large with $25 adoptions for adult dogs over 40 pounds at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and Ellis County Animal Care Center through December 31st. Come meet your new best friend!
The Mary Spencer Clinic is open for spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. Make an appointment today.
Save lives today with a gift that will go straight to work protecting and caring for animals throughout North Texas.
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We’re so excited for Strut Your Mutt 2019, happening this Saturday, May 11th! While we welcome all pups and their people to join us for the Race to End Animal Cruelty, we have a few suggestions for how to beat the heat and stay safe at Strut!
We strongly encourage pet parents to leave their brachycephalic dogs at home. Their short snouts, elongated soft palates and stenotic nares make it difficult for them to breathe, especially when it’s hot and humid outside. Even if the weather is cool, prolonged exercise is not recommended.
Brachycephalic breeds include:
If you have one of these breeds, or another breed that should avoid heat, stress and strenuous exercise at all times, we highly recommend that you keep your pet at home while you walk or run to support our efforts to fight animal cruelty in Texas.
It’s Texas. It’s hot. Heat can be incredibly dangerous for dogs. Make sure you know what level of activity and heat your dog can handle. Ensure that they drink plenty of water before leaving the house, and blast that air conditioning on the car ride over.
During the race, keep a close eye on your dog. If they are panting hard, drooling excessively or losing coordination there is a chance your dog is going into heat stroke. If you notice these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Our veterinary team will be on site, so just flag down the nearest race crew member.
Even if your dog makes it through the race just fine, please take advantage of the cold water and ice baths provided for you. Anytime you feel thirsty or overheated, your dog is probably way ahead of you. Don’t forget to keep them hydrated and cool!
Finally, don’t just hop right into your car with your dog. Get the air conditioning pumping and leave the car doors open for a few minutes to cool down the interior of the car. If you have leather interior, bring some towels to lay down to protect your dog from the hot material.
We’re excited to see everyone at Strut Your Mutt 2019! If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so right now! Click here to sign up or donate to a team!
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