At the Hillcrest Farmers Market, we love good healthy locally grown food, happy farmers, AND our pets! However, we have seen the number of injured pets increase substantially over the past couple of weeks. Our market is open 9am-2pm- during the hottest times of the day. It is best to leave your pet at home. It is also important to remember that the San Diego health codes ban pets AND emotional support animals within 20 feet of any food booth. Let’s work together so everyone has a good experience at the market, and so that our pets stay safe and cool!
SERVICE ANIMALS VS PETS & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
Service animal owners and handlers have been trained and know the signs of danger in order to prevent a health crisis for their trained service animal. Service animals have been trained with a handler and can perform specific tasks when asked to do so by the Health Department or San Diego Police. Often times service animals have been matched to their specific handler. However, the pets we have seen in distress, have not been trained services animals. They have also not been under the control and supervision of trained handlers. If your animal is a pet or emotional support animal – it is best to leave them at home.
Pets and emotional support animals ARE NOT trained service animals. They also don’t always understand how they should respond to in large crowds when people and kids may want to touch them. They may become frightened, or worst- they could bite someone. Pets and emotional support animals are not always trained to stay away from random food or unsafe water sources. They may also take shade under cooking equipment- unaware of what is around them. So while we strive to keep a harmonious shopping and working environment for our vendors and our guests, it’s important to know when you should keep your pet or emotional support animal at home — for your pet’s own safety and our guests.
During the hottest times of the year, or around large crowds- it’s also important to also be honest with yourself and your reason for bringing your pet to the market, or anywhere that you can not provide shade, water or a cool place for your pet or emotional support animal to lay down.
Always ask yourself: “How long will I be away home? Is it safe to bring my pet? Does my pet jump, lick, or is my pet aggressive towards strangers or other animals? Is my pet current on all vaccinations and city/licenses?”
WHAT IF MY DOG GETS INJURED?
If your dog accidentally gets a paw pad burned, there are a few things you can do to help your pet survive. We are not experts and these suggestions should NEVER replace expert or your vet’s advice. And remember- as always- check with your vet if you see any blisters or raw pads, or if you see signs that your pet is suffering.
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PREVENT PET INJURIES
IF YOUR PET GETS INJURED