Last updated on February 16, 2018 at 09:35 am
Animal shelters across the country care for pets until they Get Home Safe. If you’re taking a new fur baby home, or if you already have one, here are five pet safety tips for your car and home.
Safety in the Car
If you’re driving with pets, the NJSPCA recommends securing them. That means harness systems for dogs and secured car carriers for cats. Just like you buckle up for safety, restraining your pet can help keep them safe, too. Plus, unsecured pets can lead to distracted driving.
Microchip Your Pet
Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but pets sometimes go missing and you’ll want them to Get Home Safe®. With a microchip, you’ll have a better chance of getting your pet back home. Microchips carry a unique ID number, which pet recovery services use to retrieve contact information. So, it’s vital that you keep your contact information up-to-date.
Keep Them Cool in the Summer
The dog days of summer can bring a multitude of risks for pets.
- Never leave pets unattended in a car. Even it’s in the shade and the windows are down.
- Walk dogs in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of cool, fresh water.
- Apply sunblock to your pet’s least hair-covered spots, which are ears, nose and bellies on dogs, and ears and around eyes on cats. Make sure the sunblock is pet safe.
Have Help Numbers Handy
Injuries happen. You’ll want to be prepared when your pet needs help. Locate these numbers, store them in your phone and post them on your refrigerator:
- Regular vet
- After-hours vet (and know the location)
- Pet poison control (the ASPCA has this service)
Watch What They Eat
Dogs will eat just about anything, including many things that are poisonous to them. According to the ASPCA, among the things that are hazardous to dogs are avocado, alcohol, chocolate, grapes and raisins, Xylitol (think sugar-free gum), onions and garlic. Bottom line: check if you’re unsure.
Most cats are choosy with food. However, the ASPCA says they should stay away from bread dough, chocolate, alcohol, moldy foods, onions and garlic.
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