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Did you know that October is National Animal Safety And Protection Month? Of course, this topic is important all year long. Our furry pals have a knack for getting into trouble, but they don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them. You’ll need to take a few steps to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and, of course, safe. A local veterinarian offers some advice on pet safety in this article.
Man’s Best Friend is both curious and playful, and he definitely has a taste for exploration. That can be a dangerous combination! The best thing you can do to protect your canine pal is to make sure that he will always obey basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. You’ll also need to keep your dog leashed whenever you take him off your property. We also strongly recommend microchipping your furry buddy, and making sure he has proper ID tags on. Last but not least, if you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.
What About Man’s Second Best Friend? The best way to keep her safe is to keep her inside. Your feline pal may think of herself as a ferocious tiger or lion, but she’s actually very small and vulnerable. Cars, weather, chemicals, and other animals are just a few of the dangers your kitty will face outside. Kittyproofing is also a must, especially with young cats. Ask your vet for specific advice.
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, 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 animal companion can’t access. Also, make sure that your place only contains pet-safe plants. (You can find a list of both toxic and non-toxic plants online at the ASPCA website here.) Plastic bags and ties are also dangerous, as they can be choking hazards. Always cut those rings that hold beverages together, and keep wrappers out of paws’ reach. Other potential hazards include chemical and medications; candles; wires and cords; and anything small or sharp. Finally, don’t let your pet ingest any unsafe foods. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local animal clinic, we are here to help!