October is National Animal Safety And Protection Month! Of course, this is an important topic all year long. Pets don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them, and they can easily get into trouble. You’ll need to take a few steps to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and, of course, safe. A local vet discusses pet safety in this article.
Fido is very curious and playful, and he certainly has a healthy taste for exploration. That can be a dangerous combination! Make sure your pooch knows doggy commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. You’ll also need to keep your pup on a leash whenever you take him off your property. We also strongly recommend making sure your dog is microchipped and is wearing proper ID tags on. Last but not least, if you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.
For Fluffy, the best way to keep her safe is definitely to keep her inside. Your furball may think of herself as a ferocious lion, but she’s actually very small and vulnerable. Cars, weather, chemicals, and other animals are just a few of the dangers your feline pal will face outside.
No matter what kind of pet you have, you’ll need to keep up with their veterinary care. Petproofing is also important. While the exact details of what you would want to address may vary a bit from animal to animal, there are some common dangers that you would want to address. Toxins are one concern. Any type of chemical or medication should be stored in spots your pet can’t access. Also, make sure that your place only contains pet-safe plants. (You can find a directory list of both toxic and non-toxic plants online at the ASPCA website here.) Plastic bags and ties are also dangerous. Get into the habit of cutting those rings that hold beverages together, and keep wrappers out of paws’ reach. Other potential hazards include chemicals and medications; candles; wires and cords; plastic bags and ties; and anything small or sharp. Ask your vet for specific advice.
As your local animal clinic, we are here to help! Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance.