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Pet Safety Tips

Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm

At Plymouth Rock, we’re interested in protecting every member of your family – including your pets! Whether it’s at home or on the go, we want to make sure they’re every bit as safe as you are.

Traveling in the car

If your pet is traveling in the car with you, it’s important you’ve properly secured your furry friend. For dogs, this means some sort of harness system, like a secured crate, or a seatbelt. Cats should ride in carriers. It’s important not to let your pet roam freely in the car as it could be a distraction for the driver.

Speaking of freely, The Humane Society advises against letting your pet stick its head out the window.

Boating with your pet

The days of summer might seem far off right now, but it’s never too late to talk about boating safety with your pets. Although dogs are inherently good swimmers, consider getting your pet a life jacket. He may not like it, but you’ll be glad he’s wearing one in the unfortunate event he goes overboard and needs to be rescued.

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.

Have help numbers handy

Injuries happen. You’ll want to be prepared for if and when your pet needs help. Locate these numbers, store them in your phone and post them on your refrigerator so you can use them at a moment’s notice:

  • Local vet
  • After-hours vet for emergencies
  • Pet poison control

Watch what they eat

Dogs will eat just about anything, including many things that are poisonous to them. While some may seem obvious, like chocolate, there are common foods that you might not know are harmful to your pet. For example, avocados, grapes and raisins, onions, garlic and alcohol are all dangerous for dogs. Bottom line: check if you’re unsure.

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