When you are a pet owner, it is in your best interest that your furry friend is always safe and well taken care of . Because they can’t speak to us and tell us how they are feeling, we must provide them with undivided attention and a pet-friendly home in order to keep them safe and loved. Here are some security tips that every pet owner should know.
Get rid of rubber bands, hair ties, and strings
Hair ties, rubber bands, and string are cats’ favorite things to play with. It’s all fun and games until they swallow it. If they do, it can be ready dangerous because it can cause a lot of discomfort and might even need to be surgically removed. If you catch your pet chewing on a string or playing with it, take it away from them, no matter how cute they are.
Pick your house plants carefully
Pets, especially when they are young, are known for chewing on houseplants. Most people are not aware that many house plants can make animals sick. If your pet has eaten a plant and they are acting weird, take them to the vet immediately. Get rid of all the toxic plants in your home and swap them with ones that are harmless.
Tag your pet
No matter if your pet is going outside or not, they should be wearing a tag. You never know if they will run away or be stolen. If you don’t want them to be microchipped you can get them pet tags that are attached to their collars. This option is great if your pet is staying indoors, but if you take your pet on walks, it is better to have them microchipped for their safety.
Keep your dog in the shade
When you are taking your dog with you to run errands and they cannot come inside with you, you must make sure that you are leaving them in the shade. Leave them with a bowl of water, and make sure that you are not taking a long time.
Keep chocolate away from dogs
Every pet owner has heard about chocolate making your dog sick, but that is an understatement. Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine. Just an ounce of chocolate can seriously harm a small dog. Chocolate poisoning will showcase itself by your dog vomiting, having seizures, muscle tremors, heaving panting, and/or diarrhea. If you think or know that your dog has eaten chocolate, take them to the emergency vet.
Keep the heat-seekers safe
During the colder months, your pet will seek a warm place in the house where they can sleep. But sometimes that warm spot is next to the furnace or a heater. Make sure that there is no way that they can get too close next to the heat source because if they sleep on top of or too close, they can end up having dried-out skin or even get burned.
Harmful household liquids
Having a pet is like having a child, you are most likely going to have to put baby locks on your cabinet doors. If you do not want to do so, make sure that all the chemicals that are under the sink or in the laundry room are moved high up where your pet cannot get into them. They do not even have to chew on them to get hurt, because if things like bleach, pains or cleaners get on their skin or fur, they can cause a lot of harm to them.
Caution in cars
If you are going somewhere with your pet and you have to step out of the car but they can’t come with you, don’t leave your pet in the car because heat will kill them. That is because heat builds up in the closed car, that is even if you parked it in the shade. Pets or children should not be left alone in the car while you are out running errands, even if it is just 10 minutes. Even if you leave the windows open, you should not leave your pet inside.
Security tips for the holidays
During the holiday season, there are many hazards around the house that we are not aware of, from tinsel during Christmas to Easter grass during Easter time. Make sure that the decorations that you have put up will not harm your pet in any way. Another thing to be prepared for are holidays that involve fireworks. Such loud noises can cause your pet to have a heart attack, therefore you will want to prepare to be home with them and put on pleasant music to mask the noise. You can also sit down in an isolated room like the bathroom and wait for the fireworks to be over with.
Before getting a pet you must be aware of all the precautions that you need to take and how to create a safe environment for them to live in. A furry friend is just as important as any human being and they need to be treated right.