General Safety Tips for Your Pet
Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether it is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important.
Follow along for some pet-friendly security tips for their safety:
- The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
- Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches.
- Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider closed-lid trash cans instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when the stove is on.
- Invest in video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
- It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.
Common Pet Fire Safety Tips
Just about 1,000 home fires are caused every single year by the family pet while over 500,000 pets are involved in fires each year. We often act as though our pets are equal members of our family but when developing a fire safety plan, they get overlooked.
Here are some ways you can create a safe environment for your pets and a plan in case a fire breaks out and your pet is home alone.
- Monitored smoke alarm: A small flame in your home can turn into a major house fire within minutes. Wayne Alarm Systems monitored smoke alarms give you the fastest and most reliable way to contact your local fire department in case of an emergency. It can be the difference between saving your pet’s life and minimizing damage to your home.
- Monitor open flames: Pets are extremely curious by nature and can be intrigued by the smallest flame. If you can’t keep an eye on any fire, then put it out. Pet or no pet, you should always extinguish a flame before leaving the house.
- Stove knobs: Most gas stoves out there are controlled by easy-to-turn knobs. A dog could easily jump up on the stove and accidentally turn the gas on. To stay as safe as possible, remove the knobs or add knob locks.
- Candle lights: If it’s that soft glow of a candle that you love, consider getting battery-operated candles. They give off the same visual appeal without the fire hazard.
- Pet proofed home: Walk through your home and make sure no potential hazards can be accessed by your dog. Things such as exposed electrical wires could be trouble if your pet started tangling up in them or chewing on the cord.
- Pet alert window cling: In the event that a fire breaks out, people may quickly look inside your home through a window. A pet safety window cling tells firefighters the number of pets in your home. It could make a huge difference.
- Where to crate pets: If you crate your pets, it’s best to do so near the front or back doors of your home. This will make it much easier for firefighters to find them.
- Include pet in fire escape: When a fire breaks out, your pet will not know what’s going on. Include them in your safety plan and try leaving leashes or collars near the door. These collars and leashes are also good visual cues for firefighters.
How to Keep Pets Safe During the Summer
With summertime here and in the midst of hot weather, it’s important to think about our pet’s safety. Things that affect our pets can sometimes not affect us, so it can be easy to forget about protecting our animals. Little things that can go unnoticed by humans can be dangerous for animals, so it’s important to be informed of any danger possible.
Below are the common considerations to keep your pet safe during the summer months:
- Watch what you feed them: If you’re having a cookout or friends over, always be on the lookout for someone offering your animal people food. Many people think it’s a treat, while in reality, it can make your dog very sick. Leave treats out for anyone that wants to play or reward the dog to ensure they won’t get sick.
- Supervise them in water/pools: Whether you’re at the pool or on the lake, always keep an eye out for your animal. It is very easy for dogs to get exhausted, and struggle to keep afloat. Treat your animal as a child, and never leave them unattended. Until your animal is a proven swimmer, it might even be a good idea to give them a special animal life jacket, especially out at sea.
- Avoid hot pavement: Temperatures on the ground can exceed 145F, but we wear shoes so it’s not a problem for us. However, a dog’s paws are in serious danger during these temperatures. You should place your hand or bare foot on the ground for a minimum of 10 seconds to feel if it’s a comfortable temperature. Plan your walks for early morning or late evenings to avoid the heat at its peak. In the event of it being too hot, it’s a good idea to purchase a pair of booties to comfortably walk your dog.
- Make sure they are getting enough water: This should be an obvious one, but many people seem to forget, that always leave your pet with water. Dehydration and heat stroke can sneak up on animals, so it’s important to always provide your animal with clean, fresh water. When going on walks, bring water bottles with you just for your dog. Some signs of dehydration in your dog are sunken eyes, dry gums and loss of energy. If you think your animal has these symptoms, contact your vet.
- Practice car safety: Never under any circumstances leave your animal locked in the car. The temperature of a car rises 40F in an hour, with 80% of the increase coming within the first 30 minutes. Opening windows has almost no impact on the temperature rise. If you see a dog stuck inside of a car on a hot day, please alert the authorities.
- Take care of their fur: Sometimes pet owners can forget about grooming, but during the summer months it’s a necessity. Animals are more active in the nice weather, but so are insects. Ticks and fleas can very easily latch on to your animal, so it’s important to brush and inspect them. Trimming your animal’s fur is a good way to deter against the heat, but be sure to leave at least an inch to protect their skin from the sun.
How to Keep Pets Safe During the Winter
Winter is no different when it comes to its weather and safety concerns to keep our pets safe. Here are three ways you can keep your furry loved ones happy throughout the winter.
- Take caution of the cold: If you’re going out and want to bring your pet along, make sure pets are allowed ahead of time so they don’t stay out in the cold. If they aren’t, leaving them at home is your best option where they can keep warm and be just as comfortable. If you live in bitterly cold areas, keeping them warm indoors is the best way to go to make your pets happier.
- Keep them away from cold-weather chemicals: When taking your four-legged pals out for a walk, double-check the sidewalk is durable for a walk. Salt and other chemicals that are used to melt the snow and ice easier can irritate the pads of their feet. Always wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them, causing them to irritate his/her mouth. Antifreeze (car freeze) has a sweet taste that attracts dogs. A simple lick is still poisonous to them. If antifreeze chemicals are needed, consider switching to a Propylene Glycol product, which is much safer.
- Grooming and feeding: Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make sure the water is fresh and unfrozen. Instead of metal bowls, use plastic bowls for the winter. When the temperature weather is low, their tongue can stick and freeze to their bowl. When it comes to grooming if you normally have their fur clipped or shaved, keep the length longer during the winter, giving them a permanent warm coat. If you bathe him at home, make sure he is 100% dry before stepping outside.
Always remember, to speak out if you see a pet left in the cold by politely letting the owner know you’re concerned for their safety. If it does not go well, make sure to document what you see and have proof to boost your case. Contact your local animal control agency for help as soon as you can.