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Goettl Air Conditioning Invests $10 Million in Las Vegas

We suppose that there are certain companies out there that are only concerned with their own bottom line. Here at Goettl Air Conditioning, though, we like to think that we are more than just a company servicing our community. We prefer to think of ourselves as a part of that community. This is why we are so focused on giving back to our community.

Our owner and CEO, Ken Goodrich, has just closed on a $10,000,000 building in Las Vegas, which will serve as the company’s headquarters and will house our state-of-the-art technician training center. Sure, Ken could probably have shopped around for cheaper alternatives in different areas. But why not funnel our own success back into the community that has been so good to us?

The new facility, when renovations are complete, will fulfill a lifelong dream of Ken’s, serving as “Goettl University, where HVAC technicians throughout the U.S. will be trained in the Goettl way,” he says. The Goodrich family has deep ties to Las Vegas, where the family has been for 3 generations. Now, Goettl University will be available to train HVAC technicians for generations to come.

 

Read the full article here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/goettl-air-conditioning-invests-10-million-in-las-vegas-300545535.html

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Goettl Air Conditioning helps victims of hurricane in Puerto Rico

Business News | 18 Oct |

An employee of Goettl Air Conditioning in Phoenix has been leading a donation drive to help people in the hurricane-ravished island of Puerto Rico.

Fernando De La Garza, a native of Puerto Rico, has been rallying employee efforts to donate clothing and other personal items for those still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Besides the clothing donations, Goettl Air Conditioning is also sending 610 flashlights to Puerto Rico. Other donations include blankets, powdered Gatorade and various toiletries and personal hygiene items.

Goettl Air Conditioning is known for giving flashlights to customers and neighbors while doing AC repairs in the field. Goettl Air Conditioning also uses flashlights in its marketing efforts, which outline how Goettl owner Ken Goodrich would hold a flashlight while helping his father complete AC repairs when Ken was a small boy.

“We hope to bring some light and comfort to people still struggling in Puerto Rico,” said Goodrich. “I’m happy to see our employees jumping in to help and I’m proud of Fernando for stepping up to lead the charge.”

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, it has wreaked havoc on the island prompting food and water shortages while destroying much of Puerto Rico’s communications and power networks.

Garza, who hails from Puerto Rico, has family and friends who are still trying to recover and make ends-meet.

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By Ken Goodrich as featured in The Arizona Republic 8/26/2017

Why is the cost to recharge your AC unit going up?

By 2020, Arizona air-conditioning users will be forced to find new sources of refrigerant to recharge their systems as R22, a popular Freon now in use, will be phased out by order of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA believes R22 harms the ozone layer and its use will be banned forever in January 2020. There are other types of less harmful refrigerants that will replace R22, but homeowners today need to make informed decisions when servicing and replacing their AC units.

Here are some common questions:

I keep hearing about R22. What is it and how does it impact air-conditioning in my home? R22 is a type of Freon refrigerant that helps your air conditioning produce cool air. The EPA has determined R22 harms the ozone layer and has ordered it to be phased out of use by 2020. Once this happens, R22 will no longer be produced or imported and will be replaced with R-410A. Air-conditioning manufacturers stopped production of R22-charged systems in 2010.

Why is the EPA phasing out R22? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs, are chemicals that are mainly used as refrigerants. Unfortunately, the EPA has found the releases of HCFCs can deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

What should I do? Do I need to replace my AC unit? No, you don’t have to replace your AC system at this time. You can continue to use R22 in existing systems, however, it will be available only from older systems that have been recycled, reclaimed or recovered. Lower supply of R22 is already resulting in much higher costs to recharge AC systems, and there will be no guarantee that R22 will be available in the future. In fact, R22 costs 10 times what it did five years ago. According to the EPA, “as a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost and the refrigerant used.”

Should I buy a new unit now or wait until 2020? It really depends. You’ll need to balance the age of your system with cost benefits realized from new systems. New, energy-efficient air-conditioners save on energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model, according to the EPA.

How do I know what kind of AC unit I should consider buying? A central air-conditioner that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is at least 14 percent more efficient and will save you money. Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Goettl Air Conditioning Supports Motocrosser in ‘Longest Race in U.S.’

LAS VEGAS – (Aug. 31, 2017) – HVAC entrepreneur Ken Goodrich and his team at Goettl Air Conditioning donated thousands of dollars to help one of its employees’ children compete in the Best in the Desert, an epic 545-mile race through the desert from Las Vegas to Reno.

Dubbed “the longest race is the United States,” hundreds of competitors participate in the brutal race. Among those competing this year was Brett Aguilera and his racing partner, Tallon Taylor. The duo entered the 300 Pro-Class Race with Aguilera’s 2016 KTM 250 sx. The pair placed first in class and 37th overall.

Goodrich, CEO and Owner at Goettl AC in Las Vegas, supported Aguilera’s efforts to race. Goodrich was one of a handful sponsors whose contributions helped fund the journey. Goodrich paid $1,200 for Goettl’s sponsorship and he also sweetened the deal with a $1,000 bonus for Aguilera winning his class.

Aguilera also won first-place is the same race last year. “I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported me,” said Aguilera, who singled out his parents and other sponsors including TEAM AGGIE, Goettl AC, The Williams Bros., Kayu Trucking, Thurlow Wealth Management, Baja Nikki, Eddy King, Silver State Speed Shop, Jason Roar, Scotty Robertson, Fly Racing, X Brand Goggles, Fasst Co., Sidi Boots and Dubya wheels.

 

The duo started the race physically at 13th overall out of 92 bike and quad teams. Halfway through, they were seventh overall, but had some mechanical problems that took them out of the action for more than an hour. Later, they would finish at 12 hours, 48 minutes and 48 seconds – and in first-place.

“I’ve been racing since I was about 5-years-old,” Aguilera added. “I just love it and I am so thankful for everyone who helps me compete – it’s a dream come true.”

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Here’s what you need to know about phase-out of A/C Freon

The year 2020 will capture attention for being an election year and perhaps for the summer Olympics in Tokyo. On the homeownership side of things, however, it’s the year that an old ozone-eating refrigerant long-used in American home air conditioning units is finally retired for good.

R-22 refrigerant, commonly known by brand name Freon, will no longer be imported or produced in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2020. With that, homeowners will see already escalating R-22 prices continuing to climb as supplies dwindle. Meanwhile, they will also be faced with questions about when to replace an aging system running on R-22.

The good news is, that in many cases, there are ways to tend to repairs that won’t require replacement of older systems using R-22 right away. Still, it’s important to find an honest air conditioning contractor who won’t try to talk you into an unnecessary replacement, said Dennis Soukup, director of the air conditioning technologies program at the College of Southern Nevada, which has educated thousands of valley air conditioning technicians through the years.

“I’m concerned about service technicians forced to be salesmen, and they’re telling people doom and gloom and that they need to buy a new unit when it’s really only a very common repair,” Soukup said.

Soukup, along with other experts, weighed in on what consumers should know about the potential effects of the coming R-22 production deadline.

The what and why of it

R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon known to contribute to ozone layer depletion. The U.S. Clean Air Act under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer indicates that on Jan. 1, 2020, the U.S. will no longer produce or import the refrigerant anymore. Air conditioning companies will be allowed to sell their remaining supplies of R-22 produced prior to the deadline, said EPA spokesperson Enesta Jones.

Air conditioning system manufacturers stopped using R-22 in 2010, replacing it in new units with the more ozone-friendly R-410A refrigerant. But for those with older systems still using R-22, that doesn’t mean an immediate replacement is needed.

“R-22 that is recovered and reclaimed, along with R-22 produced prior to 2020, will help meet the needs of owners of existing R-22 systems well beyond the phase out date,” Jones added.

The pricing glitch

Using R-22, unfortunately, comes at a cost — a steep one at that. Because of diminishing supply levels, R-22, today, costs around $100 a pound to replace, said Ken Goodrich, president and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning, a heating and air conditioning service company serving Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson.

“The price is about 10 times what it was five years ago,” Goodrich said.

The industry veteran also has seen home warranty companies institute clauses about R-22’s obsolescence and charge higher fees for repairs as a result, sometimes upwards of $1,000.

“I’ve gotten calls from about 25 people this summer with home warranties saying ‘I gotta pay $1,000 because of R-22,’” he said. “Some make the decision that they’d rather put that $1,000 towards a new high-efficiency unit rather than a $1,000 Freon drop.”

Goodrich agrees with Soukup, saying, “If someone says you need to replace a system just because of R-22, I’d say that’s not quite the case.”

Soukup says it’s important to watch out for common repairs such as fan motors, capacity relays, contactors and other system parts suddenly becoming a conversation about replacing a unit because of R-22.

“It’s 117 degrees out and people are scared. Someone says you need a new unit and it’s really only a routine item,” Soukup said. “You don’t need a new car when you only have a flat tire. … I tell people, ‘Don’t panic until you have a bad compressor.’”

 Alternatives to Freon

There also are several alternatives that R-22 systems can use without needing retrofitting. They are what the industry terms as “drop ins” not requiring changes to seals or oils within the sealed air conditioning system.

The most common alternative refrigerants are R-422D, R-427A and R-407C. Soukup categorizes them as “good, better, best” and routinely uses R-407C, saying it is very close in performance to R-22.

“If my unit was to leak and have a problem that’s routine and does not require a major component change, I’d use R-407C. It’s about a 98 percent spot-on identical replacement to R-22,” he said.

The alternatives come at about one-third the cost of today’s R-22 price, too.

While Soukup sees R-407C as a viable alternative, Goodrich prefers to top off systems, after fixing leaks with R-22, adding that in some cases systems can run up to 30 percent less efficient, particularly in extreme heat above 105 degrees.

“These drop-ins just aren’t going to have the same capacity. … The air tends to be about 3 degrees warmer. That’s the downside,” Goodrich said. “The upside is you can keep the old machine running and not have to spend $6,000 or $8,000. and you can push it off for a little while. … You just have to remember that it’s not going to be as good as putting in new Freon.”

Maintenance, things to watch for

The R-22 phase-out can impact a few maintenance and repair scenarios any homeowner might face. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

■ No either/or: If you have R-22 refrigerant in your system and levels are low, you must either refill with R-22 or, if you decide to use an alternative, the R-22 must be removed and completely recaptured and the system must be refilled completely with the alternative. It cannot simply be topped off with a cheaper alternative refrigerant, experts explained.

“A good technician should show you and break down the difference in price and clearly explain what they’re doing,” Soukup added.

■ R-22 certification: When selecting a contractor, make sure he or she has the EPA’s Section 608 certification, which is needed to service equipment containing R-22, Jones said.

“Homeowners should also request that service technicians locate and repair leaks instead of just ‘topping off’ leaking systems,” she added.

■ Watch the attic: If you have a unit where one part of it is outside and the other in the attic (most single family residences in Las Vegas do), make sure the technician also services the unit in the attic, Goodrich said. Just tending to the condenser outside of the home is not enough.

“Make sure they go up in that attic. That’s where a lot of leaks happen,” he said.

■ Tune-up time: An annual tune-up should occur in the spring when the weather first starts to warm up. “It’s that first time you reach to change the thermostat, that’s when I tell people to call someone out,” Soukup said.

■ Basic maintenance: Both Soukup and Goodrich also suggest other general maintenance to extend the life of the unit, such as regularly changing air filters, checking the thermostat battery annually and keeping the outside air conditioning coil free of weeds and bushes.

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Goettl’s Tips to Beat the Summer Heat & Save you Money

With the heat of summer in full swing, it can be difficult at times to not long for a cooler place. But while the only way to get to that cooler place in reality might be using your HVAC system with Goettl, doing so doesn’t have to bust your budget. Financially responsible HVAC use involves nothing more than knowing and applying the following money-saving tips. Maybe you’ll save up enough to travel to that cooler climate in real life after all!

1. Choose a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t have one of these, your HVAC unit will work overtime to keep your home at a specific temperature no matter what time of the day it is or who is actually home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set a different temperature for different times of the day, meaning your HVAC unit won’t be working in overdrive when you aren’t there. You can also program settings for different rooms.

2. Check the Vents

Vents that are closed or dirty can make it much harder for your HVAC unit to operate properly. If a particular room in your home seems warmer than the others, a closed vent could be to blame. Dirt and dust can also easily collect on vents, which makes it harder for that refreshing air to circulate in the room.

3. Change the Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system should be changed at least every six months and preferably every three. Some experts even suggest changing them monthly. If your filters are clogged or dirty, they will block airflow and reduce overall system efficiency. Just taking this step alone can reduce the energy consumption of your unit by up to 15 percent.

4. Block the Sun

If your unit is located in direct sunlight, you could be forcing it to work much harder than it actually needs to. An awning or tree to cover the unit might do the trick, although it’s important not to let parts from any trees get into the unit. Blocking the sun inside your home by keeping blinds and curtains closed is also important since direct sunlight through a window can easily heat up rooms inside your home and make your unit work that much harder.

5. Keep It Clean

It is a good idea to keep both the indoor and outdoor components of your HVAC system clean. Keeping the outdoor condenser fan clean helps it run efficiently, and cleaning the indoor evaporating coil means that your system can do a much better job of keeping the air that moves through it cool.

6. Use Ceiling Fans

Hot air rises, meaning that during those hot summer months, you can expect to find more heat near the ceiling or on the upper floors of your home. Ceiling fans can help move this air out of your home. They also help circulate the cool air coming from your system around the room.

7. Replace Older HVAC Units

Just like any other kind of machine, HVAC systems wear out and break down over time. They become less efficient at doing their jobs and need replaced. Technology has also improved over time, so newer HVAC models are generally more efficient than their older counterparts.

Goettl Air Conditioning is an HVAC company that has been around since 1939. Based out of Phoenix, Goettl serves the areas of Phoenix, Tuscon, Northern Arizona, Las Vegas, and Southern California. The company was founded by brothers Gust and Adam Goettl and is currently owned by Ken Goodrich.

Goettl provides a full range of HVAC services. Some of the services they provide include:

Air Conditioning

Goettl installs new air conditioning systems as well as repairs and maintains existing units. They offer cleaning services, check refrigerant levels and perform a complete inspection of your air conditioning unit to ensure it is in good working order.

Heating

You also need your HVAC system to work in the winter, and Goettl is here to help with that as well. They can install new heating systems as well as inspect and maintain existing ones.

Heat Pump

If you are looking for something that combines heating and air conditioning into one unit, a heat pump is the way to go. It looks like a standard air conditioner but is capable of moving heat both into your home and out. Goettl can install and maintain these units.

Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a smart way to save money, and Goettl both sells and installs these products. Take complete control of your HVAC system no matter where you are with a smart thermostat.

These are just some of the many services Goettl has to offer to those in need of a good quality HVAC system. However, it’s not just their expertise and range of services that makes Goettl shine. Goettl’s work ethic is also superior within the industry. Their skilled and highly trained technicians take pride in doing a job right the first time, meaning you get more value for your money. They also seek to provide an unmatched quality of customer service to all of their customers. Goettl’s goal is to have customers seek them out again and again for their HVAC system needs, and they know the best way to make that happen is to do an excellent job the first time.

While summer is hot and generally means cranking up the AC in order to make it a little more bearable, draining your bank account in order to stay cool is not something you have to bear. With a little knowledge of how to keep your system running efficiently, saving money while still running the AC is still very doable. Goettl can help you keep your system in top shape with the unique blend of expertise and customer service that only they can provide.

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Keep Cool and Safe During a Monsoon This Summer with Tips for your AC Unit

 

How will a monsoon affect my HVAC system?

Monsoons bring dust storms, torrential downpours, flash flooding and lightening, all of which wreak havoc on air conditioning systems. With the average temperature in July in Phoenix 104 and Las Vegas 106, a non-working air conditioning can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

How can I maintain my HVAC system during the summertime?

When an AC unit sits idle for a long time, it collects debris and is then in need of maintenance to keep it running properly. You can do several things to keep up with the health of your unit such as having the condenser cleaned, and checking the coolant lines.

Most importantly, be sure to replace your filters regularly since monsoons increase the amount of dust and particles in the air, that are then being sucked into your HVAC system. Because the wind from a monsoon is blowing debris around your condenser, be sure that you clean and maintain the area around your unit. It is recommended that you keep plants, patio furniture, or other outdoor items, at least 2 feet away from your unit.

How often should I change my filter during the summer monsoon season?

The amount of dust and particles being trapped in your HVAC system can reduce the air flow to your air conditioning and cause poor indoor air quality resulting in allergies and reduced efficiency. Replace the filters at least once a month and when a monsoon blows through consider replacing them as soon as it passes.

 What should I do if lightning strikes near my home during a monsoon, causing a disruption in my HVAC system?

Surges in electricity can damage the components in the air conditioner and lightening doesn’t have to hit the home to cause surges, a lightning strike within a half mile can cause damage. A lightning strike can deliver 20k volts into through a home, taking out the air conditioning unit. To prevent expense repairs and hot nights if your unit is damaged invest in a circuit breaker, during extreme electricity changes the breaker will be tripped. If you have a breaker and come home to a hot house, make sure to check it before calling for a service call.

What should I do if my system won’t turn on?

There are a few things to check if your system is not turning on. First, be sure your AC unit is plugged in and check your circuit breaker – if it trips, don’t force it. Make sure to also checking the batteries in your thermostat regularly. You’ll want to ensure the cooler setting is on, and your fan is on the auto/on mode, as opposed to off.

How often should my system be maintained?

Twice a year, before the heat and before the colder temperatures. If you had your system maintained before the start of the summer season last year, you should not go through the whole summer without doing so again. We depend upon our air conditioners far too much to force them to go through two long, brutal summer seasons without service.

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COOL ACT OF KINDNESS: Air conditioning company gives family new air conditioner, for free

A woman and her elderly mother have been living the past few weeks without a working air conditioning unit. Thanks to a local business, they got some much needed relief Thursday.

With an Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Friday, the cold gift couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I know it was 97 to 100 in here,” said Susan Garcia. When the old air conditioning unit went out at her elderly mother’s home, Garcia said she didn’t know what she was going to do.

“Suffocating type feeling. You can’t drink enough water,” said Garcia, who is the caretaker for her 84-year-old mother. Her mother has dementia.

Susan, on a fixed income and not knowing where to turn, called the Salvation Army, and that got the ball rolling.

“Before you know it, Dale calls and he says my mom can have a new AC unit,” said Garcia. “I didn’t know where it was going to come from.”

“Dale” is Dale Steele with Goettl Air Conditioning.

“We just want to help out whenever we can,” said Steele. “Goettl’s been in the community for 78 years, and we believe in taking care of our neighbors.”

On Thursday, Goettl techs showed up to make sure Garcia and her mom can be comfortable at home, once again.

“In this type of weather when it’s so hot and a system is down and somebody has no cooling, it’s a serious issue,” said Steele. “It’s definitely a life support system in Arizona.”

“I believe it’s a godsend, because it’s been two weeks since the air’s been out, and my mother being elderly and she has dementia, she doesn’t understand what’s going on,” said Garcia. “I’m thanking God for this company. I’m thanking God for Dale because I didn’t know what to do.”

The new unit reportedly cost about $8,000, and Garcia said there is no way they would have been able to afford that on their own.

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Goettl AC acquires SoCal-based HVAC company

Goettl Air Conditioning announced the acquisition of family-owned HVAC company Walton’s Heating and Air, based out of southern California.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal allows Goettl, with locations already in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas, to begin solidifying a presence in California and for Walton’s to grow beyond what owner Todd Longbrake could do on his own.

“I had taken the family-owned business about as far as we could take it, we were stagnant,” said Longbrake.

When Goettl showed interest in acquiring Walton’s in early 2015, Longbrake was reluctant to jump onboard. However, after hearing promising comments from other individuals in the HVAC industry about Goettl and owner Ken Goodrich, Longbrake decided to give it a chance.

The acquisition was finalized in mid 2015 and Longbrake says, “since we joined forces we have grown ten-fold.”

Longbrake is being retained in Goettl taking on the roles of sales manager and field supervisor.

“Todd has assimilated into our company culture almost immediately and became a leader within our entire organization,” said Goodrich.

Although the deal was finalized two years ago, Goodrich held off on announcing the acquisition until earlier this week, due to operational issues within Walton’s and marketing complications.

“We wanted to get all those things in place before giving it the Goettl badge,” said Goodrich.

He managed the various obstacles throughout the acquisition because of the value he believed Walton’s offered to Goettl.

“Walton’s had a similar family background and values,” said Goodrich. He added that although Walton’s was stagnant at the time, he recognized that the company was a, “platform company where we could grow.”

Goettl currently has 306 employees and as a result of the acquisition, the company projects the addition of 200 jobs, particularly in Tucson and Phoenix, the company’s largest markets.

“Our long-range goal is to make Goettl a nationwide brand,” said Goodrich. He added that the company plans to expand into northern California next followed by Texas in 2018.

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Sadie says “Remember we get hot too! Take care of us with these tips and tricks!”

List of General Tips

  • Beware of the Sidewalk

Cement, asphalt, and even truck beds can be hotter than they look! The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends trying to stay off hot surfaces during the summer as they can burn your pet’s paws. If you can’t hold the back of your hand to sidewalk for 10 seconds without feeling the heat, consider moving your walks to the morning or late evening.

  • You pets can get sunburn too!
    Pets can get sunburn too, and pets with light colored, short coats are especially susceptible. To beat the heat, apply a pet safe sunscreen to their ears and nose 30 minutes to outdoor activity.
  • Set an appointment with your groomer!

Keeping your pets well-groomed in the summer months helps them regulate their temperature. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping your pet’s properly groomed to provide better circulation and temperature relation.  Call your local veterinarian to figure out the best cut for your pets.

  • Heatwave

Because your pets can’t sweat like you do, it’s harder for them to keep cool during the summer. The Humane Society of the United States recommends making sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water and shady places during the summer, and keep an eye out for dehydration while they are outside.

  • Splish-Splash!

Consider getting a doggie pool for your pets to play in during the heat. A doggie pool will give your pets a way to keep cool while also provide them with a new toy to play with at the same time. It’s a win-win!

  • Gardens, Garages, and Grass oh my!

Summer temperate can cause antifreeze to leak from overheating cars, leaving sweet tasting puddles that are harmful to pets. Keep an eye out for leaking cars, and make sure to keep your pets away from the mess. Some lawn and garden products could be harmful to your pet’s health. Keep fertilizers and other garden related products up and out of your pet’s reach.

  • Day at the Beach (Lake)?

While the cool water may be tempting to a hot dog, make sure they don’t drink too much (lake? salt?) and the salt in the water could make them sick. Did Fido make a splash? At the end of the day, make sure to rinse their coat with freshwater, as salt and other minerals found in ocean (lake?) can cause damage to your pets coat.

  • BBQ and Fireworks

With BBQ season in full swing, Make sure to keep your dogs and cats out of foods containing grapes, avocado, chocolate, fatty meats, and onions, as these foods are harmful to your pets. When it’s time for fireworks, remember your pets might get scared! According to the ASPCA, more animals go missing around 4th of July than any other time, so give your pets a safe, comfortable place to hide during the festivities, and make sure their collar tag is up to date.

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