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  • Movie Theater Where Dogs and Owners Can Watch Together Opens in Texas,

According to Plano Profile,K9 Cinemas, a movie theater designed for dog owners and their pets, opened in Plano, Texas, on Dec. 7.

K9 Cinemas allows humans to bring up to two dogs each into the theater, to sit by their side and enjoy the show. Owners are responsible for taking their canines out for bathroom breaks and for cleaning up after their pet, s.

K9 Cinemas is currently open on select weekends and is operated out of a private event space, reports GuideLive.com. The space consists of a big screen, padded chairs and a concrete floor — ideal for easy clean-up.

  • It’s Illegal to Leave Pets In Your Car in These States

Maybe leaving your pet in the car for a few minutes seems harmless. Similar to how it’s illegal to warm up your car in some states, apparently it’s illegal to leave your pet in the car in 28 different states across America.

Published through Michigan State University’s Animal Legal & Historical Center, the law states that those who leave a “companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle” and if the conditions “endanger the animal’s life,” the law is violated.

The states that have laws protecting animals within cars include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

  • Now some of these state laws take it a step further, allowing individuals or law enforcement to rescue animals without extreme conditions. It protects the right of the animal, while also protecting the individual since whoever left the animal within the confined car is clearly in violation of this law. A majority of these states require that particular people are called upon as the “rescue” squad, which includes law enforcement, firefighters, animal control, first responders or authorized humane officers.
  • However, in 12 of the 28 states above, any person is allowed to save a distressed animal. These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin. But for some of these states, there are a few penalties that limit the civil or criminal liability that takes place at the scene—aka, breaking into a car. Indiana, in particular, requires the person to pay half the damages that occur when rescuing an animal. West Virginia and New Jersey are the only states that claim leaving an animal in a car unattended as a criminal act but do not provide a rescue provision under these circumstances.
  • The consequences of leaving your pet in the car vary from state to state. Some penalties could mean a fine of a couple hundred to thousands of dollars. Some lists may even require jail time or even imprisonment, including West Virginia and California. New Hampshire’s laws state that a second conviction is a felony offense.
  • Why is it illegal to leave your pet in the car? Well, it’s bad for your pet’s overall health. The temperatures outside affect the heating or cooling within a car when it’s off, meaning your pet could be dealing with extreme temperatures while sitting in your car. A cold car could result in your pet freezing, while a hot car could leave your pet overheating. Those extreme temperatures can be hazardous, which is why you would regret leaving your pet (and these 8 other things) in your car this winter.

Even if you’re running into to the store super quick, it’s still unsafe for your pet to stay in your vehicle like this. Rolling the window down won’t completely help the harmful conditions your pet may have to face while you’re running your errand. It’s one of the many ways you can protect the safety and health of your pet, along with these 17 best tips for pet care and pet safety.

  • Ways to Prevent Pet Obesity
  1. Know how much food your pet requires per day.

Ever read the back of your pet’s food? We know, it can make your head spin, but it’s important to note the handy chart that tells you how much to serve at each meal. If you’re confused, ask a professional about portions.

“Different animals have individual nutritional requirements based on their age, size, neuter status, lifestyle and activity levels,” says Simms. “A growing active puppy needs more calories versus a sedentary 8-year-old dog. Consult with your veterinarian regarding how many calories your pet needs a day and stick to it.”

  1. Avoid giving table scraps to cats and dogs.

If your pet moonlights as a household dishwasher, that needs to stop for a host of reasons. “It encourages bad behavior,” explains Simms, such as begging and table surfing.

Additionally, there are many human foods that could make your pet ill, or worse, threaten their life. Grapes, onions, and chocolate are just some of the foods that are toxic to pets. “Not all human food is safe to be consumed by dogs and cats,” Simms warns.

For more information about toxic foods, visit the ASPCA’s website.

  1. Exercise your pet daily.

You fit a solid workout into your busy schedule and you should do the same for your dog or cat. Your dog’s health will benefit exponentially from daily walks, and cats who engage in regular playtime will burn more calories than kitty couch potatoes. Plus, keeping them active prevents boredom. “This improves their quality of life as well as their metabolism,” Simms adds.

  1. Serve cats canned food.

Think of a feline’s free-flowing dry food as an endless bag of potato chips — delicious, but definitely not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Sure, wet food can be more costly, but the health benefits are priceless. “For cats, giving all canned food versus ad lib dry food prevents obesity and keeps their urinary system healthy,” she explains.

  1. Give healthy treats at regulated amounts.

Human, it’s your job to maintain a tight grip on those treats! Don’t just hand them out willy nilly. And before you bring pet treats into your home, check the labels for high-quality ingredients and note feeding information. “Be aware of the kinds of treats you are giving to your pets,” says Simms. “Some treats, albeit small, may be very calorie-dense, so one or two per day may suffice.”

As an alternative to processed treats, why not try something garden fresh? “Raw carrots and string beans make good treats especially if your pet already has a weight problem,” she adds.

  1. Take your dog or cat to the veterinarian on a regular basis.

If you want a furry friend with Jane Fonda-like longevity and vigor, you’ve got to keep up with regular health checks — it’s just common sense. Simms recommends that you take your pet to the vet every six months. If your pet is gaining weight, an exam can help determine why. “Some pets who have weight issues may have thyroid problems,” she says.

It’s also important to address issues that can arise when a pet is carrying excess weight. “Being overweight is tough on pre-existing joint disease, causing stress on joints and predisposing pets to ligamentous injuries,” Simms explains. “It can also lead to pre-diabetic states, liver and urinary issues.”

Pet Parents please Note that this content and other postings are for informational purposes only. Nothing should be considered, or used as a substitute for, veterinary or professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you believe your pet may have a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

 

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