Safe and Secure: How to Keep Your Pets Safe in All Aspects of Life
They’re not just animals. They’re love in a fur suit. They’re not only pets. They’re family.
And as a pet parent, it’s your job, and your privilege, to give your fur child the healthiest, happiest, and best life possible. But dangers can lurk in unexpected places.
That’s not a cause for panic. It just means that you need to be aware of the hidden threats that might endanger your pet and know how to prevent, or at least minimize them.
Hazards of Home
Your fur baby might have the heart and spirit of a true road warrior, but chances are they’re going to be spending most of their time at home. And, inevitably, for at least some of that time, they’re going to be alone. No matter how well-behaved your little angel may be, at least in front of Mama or Daddy, sooner or later solitude plus time is going to equal trouble. So the first order of business is to do a sweep of the house to try to identify those hidden dangers you might never have noticed before.
It’s not a bad idea to literally get down on your fur baby’s eye level. Crawl around for a while. It’s pretty much guaranteed you’re going to spot temptations you never knew were there, temptations your little Chainsaw has been living with all along.
One of the scariest home hazards is the threat of accidental poisoning. Different substances will be toxic to different species and breeds. For example, chocolate can be toxic to dogs, while certain houseplants are lethal for cats.
Common household cleaners are also a concern, especially because many of these contain scents that pets can’t resist. Just as with humans, for instance, cleaners containing bleach can be very irritating, even dangerously so, to your pet’s eyes and respiratory system.
And if you have a swimming pool at home, it’s imperative to ensure that there are safe and secure gates all around. To add an extra layer of protection, though, you might consult with your vet about getting your pet swimming lessons. Don’t just assume that your pup will be a pro at the doggie paddle or that your cat will avoid water like the plague. When it comes to drowning prevention, it’s better to do too much than too little!
An Ounce of Prevention
Anyone who has ever been a pet parent knows that it’s not all fun and games, not all snuggles and playtime. Your pet is going to need consistent, routine veterinary care. That includes wellness checks, vaccinations, and tooth cleanings.
It also means addressing the specific health concerns that particular breeds may have, from hip dysplasia to heart, lung, or kidney issues. Your little Lola or Louie might require a special diet, supplements, or even surgery to prevent the ailments of their particular breed or to keep them from becoming serious if they do emerge.
As much as you and your little four-legged prince or princess might love cuddling together on the couch, there’s nothing like taking them out with you into the great big world. But, again, getting out and about with your fur baby means taking extra care to keep them safe.
Chances are good that your canine companion is going to be even more excited for a road trip than you are. They’ll probably want to ping-pong from windshield to rear window just to make sure they don’t miss a single sight on their special road trip.
But that can be incredibly dangerous both for you and for your fur baby. When you’re taking your dog on the road, the safest place for them, by far, is to be secured in the back seat. A safety harness or a hard-sided carrier securely attached to the back seat can keep them safer and more secure in the event of an accident.
If you do have an accident with your pet, it’s also important to ensure you collect the other parties’ insurance information because you and your pet alike may be facing medical expenses you’re not aware of in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
At the same time, it’s important to be careful about what you say to the other party. Don’t apologize and don’t take responsibility. Your pet’s presence in the car with you might be an easy place for other parties to lay blame, even if they were secure and the accident wasn’t your fault.
When you’re out on the road with your fur child, there are other things to keep in mind. Remember that your little one is going to be curious, excited, and maybe even a little scared by the new surroundings.
You’ll need to be extra vigilant to ensure your pet doesn’t just dash away from you. It’s also important to make sure your pet is microchipped. That way, if the worst ever happens and you’re separated from your fur baby, chances that you’ll be quickly reunited with your little one are much higher.
Being a pet parent is a tremendous responsibility, but it’s also one of life’s greatest joys. However, ensuring that you and your pet have many long, healthy, and happy years together takes work. That includes making sure your pet receives the regular, breed-specific veterinary care they need. It also means ensuring that, whether you’re hitting the road or enjoying a relaxing evening at home, your pet’s space is the safe haven they deserve!
Noah Yarnol Rue is always looking where his next trip will take him . When he’s not traveling the world, he’s writing articles on the new things he learns. Noah also enjoys a good meme from time to time. You can find Noah on LinkedIn.