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April 17, 2013

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16 April 17, 2013 • Watch for these signs of heat exhaustion: Loud, rapid panting; rapid pulse; glazed eyes; excessive salivation; elevated body temperature; excessive an area that is shaded all day. • Walk your pet early in the morning or whining or agitation and vomiting. in the cooler evening hours. Never walk Even just one of these symptoms can indicate your pet is in danger. Immeyour pet during the heat of the day. diately cool your pet down. Place him Avoid the hot pavement, which will in the shade and sponge or hose him burn and blister your dog's paws, just down with cool (not ice cold) water, as it would your own bare feet. On a hot summer day, asphalt temperatures especially on the head, feet and groin area. Give him small amounts of cool can reach 160 degrees! If your dog must walk on hot asphalt (in the case of water to drink. Contact your veterinarassistance dogs) be sure he is outfitted ian immediately. Heat can cause organ damage that may not show symptoms with booties to protect his paws. • Do not exercise your pet strenuously. for days; your pet needs an exam by your veterinarian even if he or she Avoid extra-Long walks, hikes or excessive play. Just Like people, our pets seems fine! • Brush your pet's coat to keep it free can be overcome by heat exhaustion of mats. Use caution if you shave your if they "overdo it" on a hot day. But pet; bare skin can sunburn. To protect unlike people, they cannot speak up your pet, apply a zinc-free sunscreen when they need water or a rest. to his ears and top of his nose. • NEVER Leave your pet in a parked car. On a hot summer day, the temper- If you see an animal in distress contact ature inside a parked car will reach 200 the Arizona Humane Society at (602) 997-7585, Ext. 2073 degrees in minutes. If you see a dog in For more information, please visit a parked car during the summer, alert the management of the shopping mall or grocery store. If the owner does not return promptly, call 911. Summer tips for pets SUMMER CARE TIPS FOR PETS Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet. Following are a few tips for pet owners to keep their furry friends safe this summer. • Keep pets indoors! • If your dog must stay outside, be sure he has plenty of clean, cool water in a non-metal, spill-proof container. Outdoor dogs may enjoy a baby pool filled with fresh water to relax in as the temperature climbs. Keep the pool in the shade. Be aware that an in-ground swimming pool is NOT sufficient for drinking water, and a dog may inadvertently fall in and drown while attempting to drink water. As always, watch your children around water, such as large dog dishes and play pools. • Be sure your outdoor pets have shelter that is clean, ventilated and has adequate air circulation, preferably in Desert Messenger E-edition Quartzsite Library Come "check out" what the Quartzsite library offers. We have a great selection of hardcover, paperback and large print books, magazines, and puzzles which you can check out for two weeks. DVDs, videos, audios, CDs, music cassettes are available for one week. In the Children's Library there are Young Adult (YA) books. The Quartzsite Library has 18 computers, Wi Fi, and Ebooks. Copies are only 25¢ and we Fax for $1/page. Check out the Sale Room where you can purchase hardcovers for 50¢, paperbacks are only 25¢ or 5/$1. Our helpful friendly staff is here to help. Billie, Betty, Penni and Laurie. Cool off at the Library, Monday thru Friday, 8am-5pm. Quartzsite Library is located at Town Hall, 465 N. Plymouth, Quartzsite. Assessor's Corner By Sharon Schular Sharon Schuler is happy to announce that La Paz County Assessor's office can now be viewed over the Internet. The new search engine, Eagle web went on line March 12th 2013. You can now access the information by going to the county website, www. and click on "Department" for the Assessor's office. When the webpage comes up, click on "View Property Records." The information available includes current ownership, ownership histories, addresses, and parcel numbers, descriptions of the property, and assessment and sales histories. You can also access "Property Tax Relief Programs" and "Department of Revenue Property Tax Forms." Located on the bottom right hand side, just click on the category you needed. The Assessor's office and other County departments are still working getting the maps on line. The maps will include property boundaries for each parcel, as well a street names and highways and other landmarks. So when you get a chance check out the website. If you have any questions or concerns, as always feel free to call or stop by the office and we will be glad to assist you. 1112 Joshua Ave., Suite #204, Parker, AZ. 85344. 928-669-6165, Fax 928-669-9740. Your County Assessor Sharon Schuler and Staff

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