This library contains some helpful articles for pet owners.
Warm weather means kids on the move. Children on bicycles, skates and skateboards explore new places and come into contact with different sights,sounds, people and yes, animals.
To prevent upsetting or even tragic situations resulting from active children encountering strange dogs, teach your children these rules about how to behave around dogs.
Dogs do not like to be teased. Stay away from dogs that are chained or in fenced yards. Do not shout, run around, or stick hands at dogs through fences or open car windows. Never approach a strange dog.
With the increase in temperature in the Annapolis/Baltimore area, special care is needed to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats.
It is illegal in Maryland to leave an animal in a hot car.
It is a violation (Annotated Code 21.1004.1) to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle in a manner that endangers its health or safety. Humane workers, police, fire, and emergency personnel may break into a car to save an animal in danger. On a warm day, even with the windows partially open, the temperature can reach 120 degrees in just a few minutes. This is hot enough to cause irreversible brain damage.
If you see an animal in distress in a vehicle, call: Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900 or call 911.
Barking is a natural behavior, but becomes a nuisance when carried to extremes. Here is what you can do about it.
by Douglas Kirk and Valerie Matthews, DVM
Barking is generally considered a normal behavior that most dogs display. Some breeds tend to bark more than others, and domesticated dogs seem to bark more frequently and for different reasons than wild dogs. Barking is, after all, a method by which dogs communicate with one another and with their human companions.
However, dogs that bark in excess can become annoying or downright disruptive to the general peace. Some cities have ordinances to govern the barking of dogs and assess fines or other penalties to people who own dogs that bark excessively. Barking has even been known to cause neighborhood disputes and subsequent court battles.
Many kinds of food, medications, plants, chemicals and other things that people use all the time that are toxic or poisonous to pets. Some of the ones to watch out for include:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate (all forms, but especially dark)
- Coffee (all forms)
- Fatty foods
- Macadamia nuts
- Moldy or spoiled foods
- Onions and onion powder
- Xylitol-sweetened products (includes gum)
- Yeast dough