If there’s one thing all of our adorable patients have in common, it’s a knack for getting into trouble. Since pets don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them, they can get into trouble pretty easily. You’ll need to take a few steps to keep your four-legged friend healthy, happy, and, of course, safe. A local vet offers some advice on pet safety in this article.
Fido has a taste for exploration, along with a natural curiosity, and endlessly playful. That can be a dangerous combination! Making sure your canine buddy will obey basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come is the best thing you can do to protect him. You’ll also need to keep your pup on a leash whenever you go for a walk or take him off your property. We also strongly recommend microchipping Fido and making sure his ID tags are up to date. Last but not least, if you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.
The best way to keep Fluffy safe is definitely to keep her inside. Your feline pal may feel like a ferocious lion, but she’s actually very vulnerable and small. Weather, cars, chemicals, and other animals are just a few of the dangers your kitty will face outside.
Veterinary care is a must, no matter what kind of pet you have. Petproofing is also important. While the exact details of what you would want to address may vary a bit, there are some common dangers you’ll want to eliminate. Toxins are one concern. Be sure to store any type of chemical or medication in spots your furry friend can’t access. Also, make sure that your place only contains pet-safe plants. (A great list of both toxic and non-toxic plants can be found online at the ASPCA website here.) Plastic bags and ties can also be dangerous. Try to make a habit of cutting those rings that hold beverages together. Also, be sure to keep wrappers out of paws’ reach. Other potential hazards include chemicals and medications; candles; wires and cords; and anything sharp or small. Finally, take care not to let your pet ingest any unsafe foods. And don’t hesitate to ask your vet for specific advice.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local animal clinic in McHenry, IL, we are here to help!