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National Animal Safety & Protection Month

October 1, 2019

October is National Animal Safety & Protection Month. This is a great time to practice safety measures and keep your furry family member protected and healthy. Since your dog can not speak and tell you exactly what hurts, its essential to recognize any different behavior that suggests things aren’t normal. We don’t expect an emergency to occur but accidents happen. Here are five helpful pet safety tips designed to help you prevent and be prepared in case of a pet emergency.

Make Sure Your Home is Pet-Proof

Pets are curious beings just like babies and they love to explore our homes. Look around your home with a dog-friendly eye. If there are items that are hazardous or toxic to your pet secure it in a safe spot. Accidents happen in seconds its best to remove items that can fall or be knocked down while your pet is exploring. Some techniques you can use to pet-proof your home: 

Immunize

Pets must be up to date with their immunizations. Ask your veterinarian for a schedule to track your pet’s immunizations. Vaccines help prevent diseases and other illnesses that affect pets by preparing the immune system to fight disease-causing organisms. If by chance your pet is exposed to the actual disease and has been vaccinated, his immune system will be prepared to fight it off. Things to remember about immunizations:

Pet Identification Is A Must

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA) 1/3 of pets will be stolen or loss in their lifetime. This means even the most protective and loving pet owners could find themselves looking for their pets. Playful and determined or frightened dogs may dig a hole under a fence and escape, or even be stolen. Whatever the reason, everyday dogs go missing. Lost dog posters can be a bit helpful but even more helpful is making sure your pet is easily identifiable. Dog tags should be placed securely on your pet’s collar and the collar should be labeled. The following precautionary measures can be helpful in getting your family pet home if they are ever missing.

Know Your Pet Well

Your dog may be very smart, but they are depending on you to protect them. As pet owners, you must get to know your pet inside and out to properly safeguard them. Observe your pet’s behavior by watching how he plays and his mannerisms when he is healthy. If your pet seems ill or there are drastic changes in their behavior consult a professional veterinarian before administering over the counter medications. Signs your pet is not well may include:

Have A Plan In Case Of A Disaster

Weather emergencies, fires, and other unplanned events can be unpreventable. Have a written plan in case an unforeseen disaster occurs that you or a caretaker could easily follow. Learn basic first aid techniques that could prevent further injury or be a lifesaver to your pet while you await first responder assistance. When writing this plan consider:

 

Safety for your pet is an important issue and being proactive is essential in preventing injuries and loss of your family pet. October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month, these guidelines should be followed every month. Be the best owner you can be and protect your precious pet.

 

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