In case you don’t know, October is dedicated as “National Animal Safety and Protection Month,” an initiative near and dear to all of our hearts as pet owners and animal lovers. To assist you in your pet safety efforts, your Pet Vet Animal Hospitals team has compiled the following checklist of three critical to do’s regarding your dog, cat, or other pet:
- Pet-proof your home. Our pets are curious creatures by nature and will nosy into anything they can. That’s why it’s important we pet-proof our homes, putting away anything toxic, like cleaners, insect sprays, and even some plants. Your “pet-proofing” should include any area your pet has access to, including the inside of your house, the garage, or your yard.
- Identify them. It’s highly likely that, at some point in their lives, your pets will escape your home or grasp. Don’t take any chances. Make sure he or she is wearing a collar with an identification tag and that its information includes an up-to-date phone number. A micro-chip is also a great idea.
- Keep them confined. If your pet does happen to get away from you, know that there are other bad things that can happen outside of them just being lost, including injury or theft. Therefore, when you’re unable to keep your watchful eye on them, while at work or school, make sure your pets are in a confined area, such as a fenced yard or inside your home, to help keep them safe.
With Halloween approaching, we also want to remind all of our customers of two important holiday safety tips for your pets. First, sadly, cat safety, especially for black cats, is at a heightened risk on Halloween. Therefore, we urge you to keep your cats inside or confined around this time to help keep them safe. Second, please know that candy is not good for your animals, and you should do your best to ensure it’s out of their reach at all times.
Should you run into an emergency regarding the health of your dog or cat, don’t hesitate to contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals or bring them to one of our four locations for treatment. We’re also always happy to answer any questions you have on how to provide the best pet safety for your furry family members.