All pet owners want to keep their dogs safe and healthy, you keep it on a leash when you are out and about.  Make sure that it has the right foods that are healthy and generally do everything in your power to ensure your pup isn’t in any danger.   However there are many dangers that aren’t so obvious and with October just passing and it was National Animal Safety and Protection Month here is a refresher on keeping your dog safe.

Tags and Chips

One of the most effective ways of making sure that your dog is neither lost nor stolen is to make sure they have visible tags and a microchip.  Microchips are tiny and put under your dog’s skin.  It contains basic information like the dog’s name, the owner’s name and contact information.  If your dog gets lost and picked up by Animal Control they can make sure it gets returned to you.

Making Your Home Safe

If you are getting a puppy then it is a lot like getting a toddler, they will get into absolutely everything and you will need to make your home safe for the new pup.  Here are some ways you can do that.

Put all the medications, cleaning agents, laundry detergents out of reach of your dog.  If you have a large breed dog then remember how high they can jump.  Young dogs and puppies will chew on absolutely everything including wires so cover them where you can.  Cover your trash or you will find it all over the floor when you come home and use childproof latches to keep your cupboard doors shut.  If you have a lot of house plants you may want to move some of them as they can be toxic to pets.

In the Event of an Emergency

Emergencies happen whether you are prepared or not and they can be anything from medical emergencies to Mother Nature bringing extreme weather.  It is important that you are prepared and that includes making a plan for your furry friends.  Make sure that the information on the microchip or ID tags is current.  Keep your pets’ medical records in with your important papers.  Have a leash or carrier near the door if you have to leave in a hurry.  Make sure you have a place for your pet to stay in the event that something happens to you.  Keep extra food on hand in case of emergencies. Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to keeping your pet safe.