8 Tips for Pet Safety
By following a few safety tips, you can keep your animal friends healthy and enjoying the fall, winter and upcoming holiday months.
Fall, winter and the upcoming holiday season can be as much fun for pets as it is for people. By following a few safety tips, dog and cat owners can keep animal friends warm, happy, and safe.
1. Say no to Ninja pets - Make sure your pets are visible at night:
Fewer hours of daylight in fall and winter translate into visibility issues for your pet. Dogs and cats should wear highly reflective collars with 360° visibility. Reflective dog leashes, add extra visibility for both dogs and the people walking them. Look for visibility that extends 1000-1500 feet. Highly reflective materials include 3M Scotchlite and Reflexite. Reflective inks have lower reflectivity (50-600 feet). Be cautious when using blinking lights -- check if batteries are functioning and keep set at the slowest setting (quickly flashing lights can trigger seizures).
Using a reflective leash. Leash will allow both your self and your dog to been seen up to 1200 feet in the face of headlights.
2. Keep pets away from dangerous food and drinks:
A dog owner states, "I once brought a chocolate rum cake to a party. While doing dishes, the family dog found and devoured the entire cake. The dog was rushed to emergency for ingesting alcohol and chocolate." Pay attention to the food and drink that your pet can reach! Food enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol."
3. Make sure your animals are wearing ID tags:
Your reflective collar should have an ID tag with contact information. Outdoor pets may become disoriented because of loud celebrations. If possible leave pets inside during loud celebrations.
4. Keep chemicals and medicines away from animals:
If you use snow melt, make sure your pet doesn't have access to these potentially toxic substances. Car antifreeze is also potentially life-threatening to pets and may leak from an overheating car. Keep your pet away from what to them is a sweet-tasting, but possibly toxic substance such as this. Wipe away chemicals and salt from fur and paws after a walk. If you suspect your pet has ingested poison, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center - 888-426-4435.
House guests may unknowingly introduce unsafe conditions if their medicines and toiletries become accessible to pets.
5. Arrange for qualified pet sitting if leaving town for vacation:
Even though some animals do well for a few days, it's important to have someone check in on your pet. Experts suggest asking your friend or pet sitter to contact you with daily updates. If you can't find a neighbor or friend, look into kennels or bring your animal to a pet-friendly hotel with you.
6. Make sure young children are supervised when with an animal:
Young children may not understand the consequences of their actions when playing with a pet. If your animal is exposed to children, make sure both are safe by paying close attention during interactions (or place pet in another room).
7. Frigid temperatures:
Keep your animals indoor at night during frigid winter nights. Place protective insulated booties on your dog’s feet when walking on ice.
8. Keep all open flames like candles higher than your pet's tail to prevent accidental fires. Use clear hurricane lamp covers on candle accessible to preveyt cat accidents.
These simple actions can keep your pets safer this fall and winter. Our pets are family members and when one of our furry friends gets hurt we are left devastated. Please share these simple tips with friends and family.