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April 8-14 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Consider these tips to reduce the risk of your dog biting someone.

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Scare Safely

As you begin your preparations for this year’s Halloween festivities, we want to make sure those cool costumes of your favorite superhero, monster, or cartoon character will keep you safe while enjoying the day. Whether you plan to dress up like Superman, Elmo, or a scary Vampire, keep the following safety tips in mind when trying on your costume: Choose fire-retardant costumes:  Check the labels of your costumes, as well as all your accessories to ensure they are fire resistant. This should include any wigs, shoe covers, and accessories which may compliment your look. Use Make up instead of Masks:  Using a mask may impair your vision and may cause you to dehydrate, as the heat builds up during your “trick or treating” around the neighborhood.  Instead, consider choosing hypoallergenic makeup commonly used for face painting as an alternative. Size matters:  When trying on your costume, ensure you have selected the proper fit.  Any dangling or loose fitting item ...

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What’s in Your Hurricane Survival Kit?

When a hurricane is approaching, it is important for you and your family to be fully equipped and prepared for the worst. Your hurricane survival kit should be able to carry you through a week or two after a storm or any other natural disaster.  There are several companies which sell pre-assembled survival kits, but they may not be personalized to your own family’s needs, especially if there are young children, which is why you may consider assembling one on your own.   Here are some ideas for building your own hurricane survival kit:  Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 7 to 10 days. Katrina and Wilma emphasized the importance of having sufficient water on hand. Don't forget to include 7-10 days of water (separately) for your pets. Food - at least 2 meals a day per person for 7 to 10 days — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices — jarred baby food — snack foods (Peanut butter, breakfast bars, crackers, canned ...

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The Dangers of Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Cars

Every year, there are heartbreaking and preventable deaths due to children and pets being left alone in hot, parked cars. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes, and a child’s body temperature can rise up to 5 times faster than an adult’s, and will succumb to death with a 107 degree body temperature.   In 2016, 39 children died from heatstroke due to being left in a hot car, and 5 have suffered the same fate in 2017. The total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths since 1998 is 705, all due to people leaving their children in hot cars (an average of 37 deaths a year). Here are some things you should consider before leaving your child or pet unattended in a hot car:   No Exceptions, No Excuses: No matter how brief, it is never okay to leave your children or pets alone in a car, even with the windows cracked open. You might think you’re doing them a favor by letting them have some shut-eye while you quickly run into the store, but by leav ...

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Dehydration in Children and Pets

When it comes to spotting the signs of dehydration, adults are typically better informed and independent enough to recognize warning signs on their own, while younger children and pets tend to need some assistance in this area. The hottest days of the summer could be the most dangerous for your children and pets. It is important to keep a close eye on them and be aware of the red flags. What causes dehydration? Loss of water through sweat, tears and urine will typically cause dehydration, if not replaced by drinking fluids and eating foods which contain water. Illness could also cause dehydration due to vomiting, fever or diarrhea. Children who are overexposed to the sun and are not drinking enough water are especially susceptible to dehydration. What are the symptoms of dehydration? The most common symptom of dehydration is thirst. Thirst is a sign your body needs hydrating. Other symptoms are less-frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue, headache, light-headedness, dizziness, dry mouth, increased breat ...

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April 9-15 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

    This year (2017), there will be an estimated 89 million dogs in the United States. In 2016, there were 31 dog bite-related fatalities (13 victims were children under 9 years old and 18 were adults over 30 years of age). Each year, approximately 4.5 million people are affected by dog bites. To help reduce the number of injuries due to dog bites, both adults and children should be educated about dog bite prevention. Owners should also be aware and practice responsible ownership. Why do dogs bite? Dogs can bite for a variety of reasons. If they feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, threatened, over-energized, startled etc., they can (or will) bite. Dogs may also accidentally bite during play, so it is important to avoid overly aggressive games with them such as tug-o-war or wrestling, especially with children.   How can I tell if my dog (or someone else’s) is about to bite? Understanding dog body language is key to avoid being bitten. You should look out for certain signs (t ...

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Pet-Proofing Your Home

Dogs and cats, especially in their younger years, can be very curious. If you think about it, they are like babies and toddlers. Everything your home is new to them, from electrical sockets to door stoppers to curtains and more. Here are a few steps to pet-proof your home: Aim Low: See life from their point of view. It always helps to get low to the ground, crawl around, and see what they see. Whatever stands out to you will most likely stand out to them. Plug all sockets, pin up any dangling wires, put away toys and games, etc. Don't set them up for wrong-doing; eliminate the dangers.  Remove all chemicals and sharp objects: Locking cleaning supplies up high or putting latches on the cabinets is a great idea. With a little determination, those sharp teeth can get through just about anything. Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach to avoid injury.  Install gates: Install either pet or baby gates to confine your pets to a certain area of your home. For pets younger than 6 months or so, it ...

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Are Your Pets Included in Your Emergency Plans?

Emergencies show themselves in all shapes and forms and each disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. It is extremely important you have a plan of action for all scenarios such as hurricane, flood, fire, etc. Here are some simple things you can do in order to be prepared and keep your pets safe:  Obtain a Rescue Alert Sticker: There are several companies, such as the ASPCA, where you can obtain one of these stickers. In the event of an emergency, these stickers will make rescue personnel aware pets are inside your home. This sticker could potentially safe your pets' life if they are trapped during a disaster.  Prepare a travel kit and emergency supplies: If you are ordered to evacuate your home, have a kit ready to go for each pet. Even if you don't think it will be long, prepare for the worst.  Make sure all pets are wearing collar and tags with up-to-date information. If your pet has medical needs, the tag should include this information in case you were to be s ...

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Florida Peninsula's Charity of the Month: Humane Society of Broward County

Florida Peninsula's Charity of the Month is the Humane Society of Broward County. This organization "provides shelter, aid, and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to [their] care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals." The Humane Society of Broward County makes continuous efforts to large-scale cruelties, such as animal fighting and puppy mills.  For the month of March, Florida Peninsula is hosting their annual pet contest, which they will donate $1 for each agent and employee entry. Florida Peninsula will also be participating in the Broward County Walk for the Animals on March 18th, the Humane Society's largest annual fundraiser. In 2016, they were able to raise over $525k to benefit their animals and programs.  For more information on the Humane Society of Broward County, and to find out how you can be involved, please visit their website.    Thank you for visiting our blog. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company is one of Florida's top homeown ...

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Why You Should Have Pet Insurance

Many of us see our pets as members of our household. We let them live in our homes, sleep in our beds, and when we eat, they eat. It has even become popular to celebrate their birthdays or home-coming anniversaries, and will include them in important events such as weddings and family parties. If we are willing to treat our pets as people, why shouldn't they have insurance like we do? There are a number of reasons why your pet should have insurance:  Peace of mind: If anything were to happen to your pet, such as an injury or illness, you won't worry about the vet bill since most pet insurance policies will reimburse more than 80% of the costs. Pet owners without insurance sometimes have to make the hardest decision between paying for medical treatment (which can be thousands of dollars) or putting their pets down.  Rising Veterinary Costs: If you are a pet owner, you probably noticed the costs of veterinary care getting higher and higher. A simple office visit (before the prescript ...

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