There are several tips you can follow to help keep your pet safe. Here
are a few:
Don’t Let Your Dog Ride In An Open Truck Bed
Any sudden start, stop, or turn may toss your pet onto the highway where it can get hit by oncoming traffic. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way each year. Open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather. Hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paw pads. A dog left sitting in the broiling sun without water or shade
may suffer from heat stroke before long. Do not leash your pet inside the truck bed — many dogs have been strangled when tossed or bumped over the side of the truck and been
left helplessly dangling. If your dog must ride in the back of the truck, put the pet inside a crate that will give it some protection from the wind and weather. Tie the crate securely to the walls of the truck bed, so it cannot slide about or be tossed out of the truck.
Keep Head and Paws Inside the Car
Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into their eyes. Insects or flying debris can also lodge in the nasal passages or get sucked into the windpipe. It may require veterinary attention to remove the foreign material, which could cause permanent damage.
Check Your Pet’s Collar Regularly
Collars do not expand, but puppies and kittens grow quickly! If not loosened, collars can literally grow right into your pet’s neck, creating an excruciating, constant pain. Check your pet’s collars at
least every week until it is full-grown (that can be more than a year for really large breeds of dog). You should be able to easily slip two or three fingers between the pet’s collar and their neck.
It’s vital that you put a collar and an ID on your young pet, just in case he slips by you and gets lost. Get tips on choosing a cat collar and choosing dog collar.
Don’t Let Your Cat Play With a String
Although a cat playing with yarn can be cute to watch, it can cause serious problems for the health of your cat! Why are cats attracted to string?
Cats have an instinctual desire to stalk anything that moves. They like string, thread, yam, Christmas tree tinsel, ribbon, even shoelaces. This can be great fun to encourage if you supervise their
How to avoid death through play
Supervise the cat’s play with items it can choke on. Put all tinsel and string out of the reach of your pet. Both dogs and cats can choke on small toys, toys that have items that can fall off such as eyes, or string that has been used to tie meat for cooking.
What to do if the string has been swallowed
If you see the string hanging from the animal’s mouth, do not pull it out. The pulling could cause the taut string to saw through an intestinal wall, possibly subjecting the animal to peritonitis. Immediately take your pet to a veterinarian!
Keep Your Cat Indoors
It’s a fact that an inside cat lives a longer, healthier life than the kitty that puts paws to the pavement. Outdoor cats face dozens of dangers, including cars, other cats ready to fight for love or territory, and exposure to fleas, ticks, worms, as well as sickness or death from eating spoiled food or household poisons.
More visits to the veterinarian
Outdoor cats need to see the veterinarian more often than indoor cats, and that means higher vet bills. Fleas, ticks, worms, abscesses, cuts, diarrhea, a dull coat, and weight loss are all signs of trouble and are most often seen in outdoor cats.
Outdoor cats are more prone to get lost
Not all outdoor cats can find their way home. It just takes one time to get lost.
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Responsible pet owners should NEVER rely on Microchips ALONE. Although microchips are a critical tool, physical pet IDs are your first line of protection in recovering your lost pet. You are relying on a lot of things to go right if you depend solely on a microchip.
We’ve all read articles with headlines such as “Dog Lost for 3 Years -Finally Reunited With Family” and many of these articles praise the use of microchips—but what these articles often leave out is how the story might have been different if the pet had been wearing an ID tag with a current phone number and valuable information. In general, most pets with an up-to-date ID tag are returned home within a few hours.
Even if the person who found your pet has the best intentions, it is not guaranteed that they have been educated about microchips. They may not know that they should take the pet to a veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned. Even once the pet has been taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic, there are several factors that can still prevent Fluffy from making it back home:
1. If the vet or shelter does not have a universal scanner your pet’s microchip may go undetected.
2. The microchip has migrated.
3. The person using the scanner isn’t thoroughly and properly scanning the pet.
4. The information on the microchip is not up to date with your contact information. (Depending on the brand of microchip it can take anywhere from 24 hours to 2 months to update your microchip information.)
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