After our cold snap, the weather is getting better and that means dogs are going to be outside more, which means it’s time to practice some safety tips:
1. Make sure that your pet wears a well-fitting collar or harness with an ID tag that has up-to-date contact information. Also it’s a good idea to put their rabies and registration tag (if they are not micro chipped) on the collar or harness, as well.
2. Train your dog. A well-trained, obedient dog is safer, more responsive, and happier.
3. Always keep your pet on a leash when outside.
4. In order to make travelling with your pet more manageable, be sure that your pet is comfortable in a crate or carrier, even if you don’t use one on a regular basis. Try putting a few of their favorite toys, a favorite blanket, a pillow, or something personal of yours, like a shirt, in the crate or carrier with them – it will make them more comfortable.
5. Know basic pet first aid, such as how to stop bleeding and treat lacerations. If you are going to, always approach a sick, injured, or scared animal slowly and cautiously. Even your own pet can be aggressive when in pain or frightened. For more information on pet first aid, please visit RedCross.org
6. Purchase or assemble a basic pet first aid kit that includes gauze pads, gauze roll/bandages, thermometer, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, instant cold pack, and towels or rubber tubing for a tourniquet.
7. Make sure that you have a pet emergency supply kit that includes an ample supply of food and water, blankets, a spare leash and collar, or harness, food bowls, garbage bags, any needed medication, and a recent photo of your pet.
8. Remain as calm as possible during stressful emergency situations – your pet is easily influenced by your behavior and will mirror your stress and/or panic.
9. Be aware of the dangers of common household items, from poisons and pesticides, to chocolate and certain houseplants, and keep them away from your pet. For a complete list of dangerous houseplants, as well as, other dangers, please visit aspca.org. Always call your Veterinarian about any poison-related emergency. If something happens after hours, please call the ASPCA poison control hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-888-426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied.
10. Be aware that extreme temperatures have drastic effects on pets. Heat exhaustion is often caused by leaving pets in parked cars or over-exercising pets during hot weather. To cool off an overheated pet, offer plenty of water, wet his or her body and paws with cool water, then fan.
Always consult your Veterinarian.
Please keep these safety tips handy.
Have a happy, healthy pet!