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Urgent Alert: Dogs in Hot Cars

As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

Camping Safety 101

The lovely warm weather brings out the nature lover in many of us, including our pets! If you’re taking your pet along for some outdoor adventures, such as an overnight camp trip, you’ll want to read our expert tips from the folks at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Top 5 Tips for Pet Poisoning Emergencies

Last year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. Check out our top 5 tips for what to do in a pet poisoning emergency. 

1. Be Prepared

Secondhand Smoke Hurts Pets as Much as People

You know what they say: where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

A recent study by the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine underscores the link between secondhand smoke and cancer in pets. According to the study, secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals.

Animal Deaths in Airplane Cargo Holds Inspires New Transparency

Every year, hundreds of animals are lost, injured or killed during transport in the cargo holds of airplanes. Many of these incidents are preventable, so we are glad the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will formally address this animal welfare problem and expand airline accountability for these tragedies.

The DOT has just finalized a rule (effective January 1, 2015) that will increase transparency around these incidents and allow the public and policymakers to assess the full spectrum of safety issues associated with transporting animals as cargo. 

Kitten Season Means Abandoned Newborns: Are You Ready to Help?

In January, our ASPCA Animal Hospital veterinary technicians provided tips for helping your four-legged companions avoid common pet health problems. Now that kitten season is in full swing, we’ve asked our vet techs to share their expert advice on what to do if you or someone you know encounters abandoned kittens while out and about this summer.

Why Fireworks and Pets Don’t Mix

Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? It’s a weekend for block parties, barbeques, belly-flops in the pool and parades—all best when enjoyed with friends and family, and even better when you have the day off to celebrate with your pets! Have fun, but remember that certain traditional Independence Day activities might not be so fun, or so healthy, for the four-legged members of your household: yes, we’re talking about fireworks.

Helping Pets of the Homeless with Operation Blankets of Love

As the nation’s second-largest animal welfare grantmaker, the ASPCA is constantly on the lookout for innovative, inspiring, and admirable programs that can benefit from our support. When we first heard about our latest grantee, Operation Blankets of Love, we knew we had found one such program.

New ASPCA iPhone, Android App Provides Essential Resource for Pet Parents

We are super excited to announce the launch of our latest mobile app for pet parents. The free app offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records. It’s a handy tool to help pet parents make smart choices when those decisions matter most.

Gearing Up for a Summer Vacation? Check Out Our Travel Safety Tips

Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, we’ve got you covered.

In the car:

Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by ASPCA supporter Subaru.

Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.


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