Safety Tips for Your Dog

Develop a mindset that your dog is similar to an infant.

  • Strive to dog proof your home.

  • Keep your trash sealed in plastic or metal bins/baskets, not bags. You want to keep the garbage smell, and the ability to get at the garbage away from your dog. Dogs can choke or be poisoned through access to your refuse.

  • Be extremely careful with antifreeze. This sweet smelling, sweet tasting liquid, can be deadly to your pet. Change your car’s antifreeze at a professional location or be certain that you follow proper procedures for disposing the excess.

  • Food which is healthy for you is not necessarily good for your pet. Greasy, spicy, fatty foods can cause stomach problems for your dog.

  • Large amounts of chocolate can be fatal for dogs because of the caffeine in the candy.

  • Human medications can also harm or kill your dog.Keep medications away from your dog.

  • Some plants can harm or kill your pet. Ask your veterinarian which plants are harmful, and Keep these plants away from your pet.

  • Your dog can choke on small things just like babies.Keep small items away from your pet. Some things that pets have choked on are: earrings, marbles, buttons, needles and thread, bra hooks, yarn, nuts, coins, nails, spoons, panty hose and tights.

  • In warm and hot weather, do not keep your pet in the car for long periods of time.While your pet is in the car, keep the windows down enough so fresh air can circulate.

  • Be ready for emergencies. - Have a list of emergency phone numbers posted by your phone or in your mobile phone in your contacts list.These numbers should include: your veterinarian - office and home - a back up vet, and the poison control center.

  • Learn how to give first aid by getting and reading a pet first aid book from your veterinarian.

  • Common emergencies seen at animal hospitals include:

1. Hit by a car - Prevent this by having a proper yard fence, chain link or “invisible”, use a leash during walks, a tied down pole and connected rope, tether or cable.

2. Excessive discipline - handle the animal gently like you would an infant.

3. Being hit by a car while the car is being backed out of the driveway. Before backing up your vehicle, double check that no people, animals, or objects are in the way.

4. Tail being shut in a door - Be very careful when closing a door when the dog is in the room.

5. Drowning in a swimming pool - Keep the dog tied or fenced up outside the pool area, especially geriatric (old) dogs.

6. Dogs and cats can jump out of house and car windows during exciting, unexpected, visual events, such as the 4th of July fireworks, or another animal running by - keep windows opened less than the pet can fit through.

7. Electrical shock due to chewing an electrical cord - keep cords out of animals normal walk ways.

8. Children mishandling the pet - teach children how to properly play with the pet and closely supervise the child until he/she can properly do so on their own.

  • Discuss with your veterinarian, on an annual basis, additional ways to protect the pet from accidents and injuries.