If you haven’t had a dog since you were a kid, there are a few things your parents did to keep your pet safe that you may have completely overlooked. But, when you’re a homeowner and are responsible for keeping another living being alive, you can’t turn a blind eye to safety. In the following brief post, we will share information on ways to keep your dog safe and sound at home.
Pet-proof the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom are not only dangerous rooms for humans, they can be deadly for your dog. Curious canines have no problem rooting around in the trash or underneath an unlocked sink to get a closer whiff or taste of what’s hiding just out of reach. BarkPost notes that a pet-proof trash can will keep your dog from gravitating toward the garbage when you’re away. Additional preventative measures you can take include locking cabinets and keeping the pantry closed at all times.
Keep an eye to the sky. Many dogs are skittish during thunderstorms and may inadvertently run away in fear when extreme weather hits. And, as the “Big O” herself points out, both cold and hot weather can cause a dangerous situation for your pet’s health. Heatstroke and frostbite are not uncommon, especially in small dogs that are not built for the outdoors.
Stock your pet first aid kit. You can’t prevent all accidents, but you can make sure you are prepared for common illnesses or injuries. The Humane Society of the United States notes that a human first aid kit offers many of the same items you would use on your dog. In addition to things like gauze pads and hydrogen peroxide, your emergency pet kit should also include a nylon leash, your dog’s vaccination records, and a pet first aid book.
Ask for help when you can’t be there. Keeping your pet safe also means ensuring he has a companion available when you can’t be. Contact Spare Leash today to meet a verified pet sitter so we can match you with someone your pet can get familiar with for when you are in need of a helping hand.
Help him acclimate. As well thought out as your new animal acquisition is, you must keep in mind that this is a whole new experience for your dog. He will need time to adjust to his new living environment, and you will need time to truly get to know your dog’s personality. You can help him acclimate by providing him with a dedicated sleeping space and, if he’s previously been fostered, a familiar dog bed or his favorite toys. Take him on lots of walks to get to know the neighborhood and plan to spend at least a few days together where you don’t have to leave him for work or school.
Congratulations on your newest family member. You and your dog will no doubt be very happy together. And while you can’t predict the future, there are steps you can take to ensure this happiness lasts for many years to come. However, no blog post can cover every possible way to keep your animals safe. Always speak to your veterinarian if you have additional questions or concerns regarding your dog’s new environment.