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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Taking Fido on the Road? Tips for Traveling with Pets

May 29, 2015 12:57 am

Each year, millions of pets accompany their families on vacation. If you’re planning on taking your furry friend on a trip, plan ahead with these tips from PetInsurance.com.

1. If traveling by car, secure your pet with a safety harness or well ventilated carrier to restrain them in case of a sudden stop or accident.

2. Never allow your pet to hang out the window. Opening the window just a few inches will allow your pet to safely enjoy the breeze without the risk of inhaling debris or being struck by any objects. This will also prevent any temptation your pet may have of jumping out of the car.

3. Feed your pet a smaller meal before your trip to prevent an upset stomach. Also remember to carry plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

4. Bring your pets' toys to accompany them during travel. The familiar smells can help comfort your pet and keep them occupied during the trip.

5. Never leave your pet in a car unattended. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures in a car can increase drastically.

6. Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case she becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet's ID tag is up-to-date, durable, and includes your mobile phone number.

7. Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.

8. Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose. Don't assume all pets will be allowed – some hotels place limits on the size of the dogs they allow. Call to check that your dog will be welcomed.

9. Look up details about a veterinary hospital near your destination. If your pet has a medical emergency you'll be prepared and know where to go.

Source:
PetInsurance.com

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Should You Replace Your Roof? 5 Signs

May 29, 2015 12:57 am

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem?

According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, "Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed."

To avoid costly delays and repairs, look for these signs:

1. Missing shingles.
High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.

2. Shingles that are obviously cracked or peeling.
Even if the shingles aren't missing, if they're curling or torn, they're on their way to failing.

3. Stains or water marks on your ceiling can indicate a leaking roof even if you don't see a puddle. It's important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.

4. Discolored shingles can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail.

5. Age.
If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it's more than 10-15 years-old, chances are, you're going to need to replace it in the near future.

Source: MetalRoofing.com

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