5 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

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Pets are just like children – they have that same curiosity to explore and play. In order to keep our family safe, we must consider the dangers inside and outside our homes. Here are 5 general safety tips to help you get started. If you’re a pet pro, you may need a little reminder every now and then.

1. Food.

There are many foods that are poisonous to dogs and cats. If you feel that your kids are too young to understand that they shouldn’t be feeding grapes or chocolate to Fluffy or Fido, then simply don’t bring those foods into the home. You can search online for a list of foods that are safe to feed your pets and a list of foods that are poisonous to your pets. You can print these out and stick on the fridge.

2. Weather.

Thunder or lightning can cause a pet to bolt. If there are weather warnings, it’s best to keep your pets inside. If there’s a lot of heavy raining, you may wish to buy a doggy raincoat to keep your pup or dog dry. In the summer, paw pad burns can occur if the pavement is too hot. Reach down to touch surfaces before walking your pet over them. If you can’t hold your hand down for more than a few seconds, it’s too hot for your pet. Opt to walk on grass instead.

3. Terrain.

Besides hot sidewalks, your pet may brush against sharp bushes or walk across beaches with broken shells or glass. After a fun day, inspect your pet’s body, paws, eyes, ears, and nose. Examine them for cuts and scratches. Have a pet-safe antibiotic spray or cream on hand. Larger injuries need to be treated at the vet clinic.

4. Other animals.

Some dogs and cats are ready for a fight, but that doesn’t mean they should participate. If your pets are antsy around other animals, pick them up before you pass other animals on the street, or simply look both ways and cross to the other side. If your cat is fighting with another cat outside, spray some water on them, rather than trying to pick them up. That should be enough to break up the fight. Ensure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date, just in case they get bit by other pets or wild animals.

5. People.

Unleashed pets can bolt across the street before a driver notices. Never tie your dog up in the backyard without your supervision. Thieves can and do enter backyards to steal pets. Ideally, keep your cats inside at all times too. Precautions can prevent the terrible heartbreak of losing a pet. Don’t entrust the care of your dog or cat with just anyone. They should be a pet care professional (from Simple Puppy) or have some longterm experience with dogs and cats.

With a bit of extra care and attention, you can keep your furry family members as happy and healthy as the rest of your family.

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