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LAWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
If you are going
to put your dog outside for over 30 minutes, you
are required to provide shelter for him/her. To be considered a
proper shelter it must have a bottom, 4 walls, and a roof. The size
of the shelter will depend on the size of your dog - in other words,
don’t expect a Chihuahua size doghouse to be proper shelter for a
Great Dane, and vice versa. The opening to your dogs’ house should
be big enough for him to get into, but not so big as to allow wind &
blowing rain inside. The inside needs
to be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lay down
comfortably. Anything smaller is improper, and anything larger won’t
help him retain body heat during the colder months. You will need to
provide shade for your dog in warm months, and straw in his doghouse
during colder months.
If your dog
will be outside on a chain or cable you need to make sure to have the
proper length. The chain or cable needs to be three (3)
times the length of your dog from the tip of his nose to the tip of
his tail. So if your dog is 3 feet from nose to tail you will need a
chain that is 9 feet long. Please keep in mind that you need to
think carefully about where your dog will be kept. You will need to
make sure there are no items or fences that your dog could get
tangled on or jump over, causing him to face strangulation. You may
think this ridiculous, but it happens all too often. If your dog will be
in a pen, the pen needs to be 3 times the length of the dog as well.
ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT USE A CHOKER CHAIN TO TIE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE, THEY
POSE A SERIOUS STRANGULATION DANGER. USE A REGULAR COLLAR.
You may think
that feeding your dog daily and loving him is enough to keep him
happy and healthy. During the summer we all know how many flies
are around. Fly strike (bites) on your dogs ears and nose are
horrible for him. One bite leads to another, and soon your dogs
ears and nose can be raw and bleeding from those little black
pesky houseflies. There IS a way to solve this problem though.
Many companies make ointments or sprays that will keep flies
away from your pet. Apply these items as directed by the
manufacturer before a problem starts, or use them as soon as you
see a problem starting. For fly strike (bites) on ears and nose:
wash the affected area well with antibacterial soap, dry, apply
antibiotic ointment, and then fly repellant ointment. This will
help your pets wounds heal, as well as keep those pests away
while healing is taking place. Hairloss, weight loss, and other
changes in your pets’ physical condition should be addressed by
a visit to your vet.
FOOD AND WATER
needs to be fed a nutritious meal at least once daily to keep
him healthy and happy. You may want to discuss feeding options
with your dog's vet since they have a wealth of knowledge about
what your pet needs to stay strong and healthy. By law
your dog must also have an ample supply of clean water available
24 hours a day. The water should be kept in a cool or shady
area, and needs to be secured so that your pet can’t tip it
over. There are many ways to do this, one of which is to dig a
hole into the ground large enough for a milk crate. Insert the
milk crate, then place a bucket of water into the milk crate.
You can also use a bucket with a thin handle, and purchase a
double-ended clip to fasten one end of the clip to the bucket
handle and the other clip to the fence of your dogs’ pen. If you
need other suggestions please feel free to contact the SPCA.
area should be kept free from trash, debris, and fecal material.
area clean, removing feces and uneaten food immediately will
keep the fly population in your pets area to a minimum.
Be sure to keep lawnmowers, chairs, poles and any other items
your dog could injure himself on out of his reach. You can take
several steps in order to keep down the smell of your dogs’
area. The first thing to do is to clean the area of fecal
material daily. You can also keep a bag of lime handy. Take your
dog out of his area monthly. Rake the ground to break up the
soil, spread the lime - evenly dusting the dogs’ entire area.
Lightly sprinkle the area with your hose and then rake the area
again to mix the lime into the soil. Leave your pet out of the
area for a few hours until the soil is completely dry. Now you
can put your pet back into the area knowing you have made his
area more pleasant not only for him, but also for yourself. This
will help keep down the smell, and keeping the area clean helps
keep away flies.
ID & LICENSING
Unfortunately, your dog has no pockets to carry a wallet with
him. He also has no way of telling anyone where he lives - this
is up to you. Your dog should always have ID of some sort on him
JUST IN CASE. Let’s face it, people don’t loose their pets on
purpose - it’s an accident. Like the old saying goes “the best
defense is a good offense.” Don’t say “My dog NEVER” because it
can and DOES happen to responsible pet owners. Having ID on your
dog at all times is the best way to insure you are reunited with your pet if
he should get lost. Most cities or townships require dog owners
to license their pets. Check with your municipal building to see
what your town requires.
May you enjoy many happy moments with your pet,
The Staff of Cumberland County SPCA