May is National Pet Month
Did you know May is National Pet Month? That’s right – there’s a whole month dedicated to your furry friends. Whether you have a cat or a dog, your pet is part of your family, and as an amazing perk of Park View Apartments, City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, we are pet-friendly!
Your furry friends are welcome in all of our apartment communities because we know how important it is to have your pet by your side. Not only that, but pets can also improve your lifestyle, help prevent allergies in young children, and act as great companions with anyone who suffered from stroke, heart attack, or people living with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Pets help out with these additional three elements:
Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can “increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.” These mood-altering hormonal changes can help you relax when you feel like you have a million things on your plate. Stress is bad for your overall health so if something as simple as petting your animal can help decrease stress, then it’s worth it!
Pets can turn a bad day into a good one. Long day at work? When you get home to your apartment, your pet will be so excited to see you that you won’t have time to fret over your day. Pets just want love (okay, and food, water, and pet-appropriate exercise). But they don’t ask much of you and the giving nature of pets can help improve your mood.
Helps People Socialize
In need of a wingman or wingwoman to give you the confidence to make friends or find a relationship? Look no further to your pets – especially dogs. When you take your dog for a walk before or after work, your dog will most likely notice other dogs and want to make friends. Pet-people are drawn to other pet-people because their pets are a commonality. Kick up a conversation about your pets.
Park View Apartment residents are also fortunate to have a dog park where both pets and owners can socialize. As for City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, both communities have walking trails nearby that are perfect for dog walks and runs.
Getting a Pet at Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons
Thinking about getting a pet? No problem! Faros Residential properties are pet-friendly! While we do have some breed restrictions for dogs, we welcome furry friends of all sizes. If you have a question about a specific breed, our property managers would be happy to discuss our restrictions with you. If you’re starting from scratch, here are the best pets and dog breeds for apartment living:
- Shih Tzu
- King Charles Spaniel
- Bichon Frise
- Boston and Yorkshire Terriers
Faros Residential Pet Photo Contest
We’re celebrating National Pet Month the way we know best – with a pet photo contest! We want to see your pets on our social media channels! If you submit a photo from now until the end of May of your pet, we will put you in a raffle to win Pirates tickets for the 2017 season! Make sure you like Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons on Facebook and follow Faros Residential on Instagram to share your photos.
Your dog loves going on walks – sometimes so much that you have to spell it out when talking among humans so he doesn’t get too excited. But before you go on that W-A-L-K with your pup, make sure you protect his paws from hot pavement.
During the summer months, asphalt and cement absorb heat and can seriously damage your dog’s sensitive padding. If the surface is too hot for your bare feet, it will definitely be too hot for his, but how can you test this?
The Humane Society of the U.S. suggests this helpful tip:
Before stepping onto the road or sidewalk, put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.
Don’t be discouraged by the heat – you and your dog can still enjoy the summer months by following these guidelines:
- Walk your dog in the morning or early evening
- Stay on the grass
- Purchase special dog booties
- Purchase dog paw wax
- Heavy panting
- Dry or pale gums
- Increased drooling
- Deep and rapid breathing
Before your dog experiences any of the above, here’s how to regulate his temperature this summer:
- Being careful not to overexert your dog when enjoying the day
- Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
- Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating or overexertion
- Putting cloths soaked in cold water around his paws, in his armpits and on his head and neck
Pet Safety – Your Dog Will Thank You!
Fireworks…Big, beautiful and loud! You may love them, but to pets, they truly sound like bombs bursting in air. During the 4th of July weekend, it’s best to keep pets indoors during peak firework hours. According to the ASCPA, more pets go missing during the 4th of July weekend than any other time of the year. Loud noises often trigger panic and pets have been known to run free in attempt to find shelter.
Take your pet on a long walk outside or give them lots of play time to tire them out so that they have time to settle down before the fireworks begin. We know that your pets are pretty intelligent, so it’s a good idea to make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked to prevent any escape passages. Turn on the TV or music to drown out the fireworks. Not too loud to disturb your neighbors, but just loud enough to keep your pet at bay. Give your pet an extra special treat or a stimulating toy that will distract them for a long period of time. As always, provide your pet with plenty of water, food, and love.
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