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Pet Safety Tips for Your Car and Home

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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2 thoughts on “Pet Safety Tips for Your Car and Home

  1. Everybody treats their pets just like their family member. With surging burglaries, it is very important to ensure the safety of out dogs . Nasty burglars have nothing to lose and wont spare anything that comes their way. I dread leaving my pet alone while away. I have intrusion prevention system installed which ensure wide coverage. Collar ID, facial recognition system, micro chipping are some modern ways to strengthen the safety of your pets. Take a look at a very informative blog I found about ensuring the safety of our pets (http://www.apialarm.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe/keep-pet-safe-thieves/). I have a dobbie at home and I consider that Man’s best friend deserves good security

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