National Pet Week: 5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe

By Crystal Newton on May 4th, 2015 09:26 AM

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It's National Pet Week! Now is a great time to reevaluate the safety of your pets. You do not have to do anything drastic to enhance the safety of your furry friend. A few subtle adjustments and considerations really can make a world of a difference in your pet's life.

The summer is quickly approaching and the heat can be harsh on pets, especially big dogs like Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands. Humidity is especially dangerous, as animals covered in fur must pant to remove the excess moisture from their lungs. A dog's temperature should never exceed 104 degrees. Do not rely on a fan to cool your pet. Provide him with cool water on a regular basis and lead him to the coolest part of the home. Refrain from walking your dog more than the bare minimum on especially hot days and try to get the walk in during the cooler morning or evening hours if possible.

Plants can be dangerous to animals, so keep all plants out of reach! Both dogs and cats love to chomp away at plant leaves and they will hop right onto windowsills, tabletops and other reachable surfaces to have their snack. Hang your plants up high or store them in places that your pets cannot access. Be especially cautious of your garden's plants. Some will poison or even kill your pet if he ingests them. Pull out all the toxic plants from your garden, including oleander, castor bean, azaleas, lantana, angel's trumpet and jimson weed.

Prepare for the worst. Your dog or cat could scoot out the door when you open it or find a way out of the leash and make a mad dash. Provide your pet with an ID tag and a collar in case this happens. Be sure to include an up to date phone number where you can be contacted. These preparations will drastically improve the chances of someone finding your dog or cat and returning him to you and your family in a timely manner. Also, consider microchipping your pet. This is an implanted identification that will access your contact information when it is scanned at a shelter or a veterinary clinic.

While it is necessary to walk your dog on a regular basis, do not let him get too close to traffic. Keep him away from unfamiliar dogs whose owners you have not yet met. Always use a leash and consider a muzzle for extra control and safety.

One of the best ways to protect your pet is to install fire/smoke detectors on each floor of your home. Bates Security actually connects fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors right into home security systems for the ultimate protection. These life safety devices are monitored 24/7, whether your alarm system is armed or not.  Adding this level of protection to your home can increase your pet's chances of survival should a fire occur while you are not home.  

Lean on Bates Security to install your fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as your home security system. With Bates Security's safeguards, your pet will be as safe as he can be while in your home. Combine these security measures with a heightened awareness of your pet's well-being and you will keep your furry friend out of harm's way.


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