Pet Safety

Written by Lee Dobbins

Your home might be "kid-proof" but how does it measure up when it comes to safety for your pet? Do you know allrepparttar hazards your pet is exposed to? How about what plants are poisonous and what foods should be avoided?

Caring for your pet is more than just making sure he has enough food, water and getsrepparttar 125849 appropriate veterinary care, it also means providing a pet safe environment so that your furry, feathered or scaly friend can stay safe and healthy. Unfortunately, there are many hazards your pet is exposed to each day that could put them in danger. Being aware of them so that you can keep your pet out of harms way isrepparttar 125850 responsibility of every pet owner.

Sometimes your guests can berepparttar 125851 biggest hazard to your pet. If you have indoor pets, your quests may not realize this and open doors or windows around them that could allow them to “escape” torepparttar 125852 great outdoors. Well meaning dinner guests and party go-ers could overfeed your pet and cause him to become ill. Imagine if you had 20 guests and each one fed "treats" to your pet! To insure pet safety when you have guests try keepingrepparttar 125853 pet in a crate or another room thatrepparttar 125854 quests will not be allowed into. This may actually be more comfortable for your pet too as it may make him nervous to have so many people around if he is not used to it. Instruct your guests not to letrepparttar 125855 animals outside if they should get intorepparttar 125856 main house. Make sure your pet wears tags so he can be identified and return should he get out by mistake.

The holidays should be enjoyed by both you and your pets, so keep pet safety in mind when decorating and celebrating. Remember that small objects can cause an intestinal blockage if eaten so be sure to remove all tinsel, Easter grass, confetti, small toys and wrapping paper. Don’t leave candles unattended with pets near. Pet costumes can be cute, but make sure there are no lose strings that could choke your pet or that he can get his limbs caught in. It is best to not leave your pet unattended when you have him dressed up. Make sure electrical cords are kept away for pets especially puppies. They can chew throughrepparttar 125857 cord and get burned or even electrocuted. After decorating for a holiday, make sure to observe your pet aroundrepparttar 125858 new decorations for several hours to see if they develop any unsafe habits around certain items - you may need to remove or rethink your decorating if it looks like there could be a hazard. I had a ferret that liked to jump intorepparttar 125859 tree and grab allrepparttar 125860 shiny ornaments so I stopped decoratingrepparttar 125861 bottom ofrepparttar 125862 tree to prevent this as I was afraidrepparttar 125863 glass would break and injure her!

7 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Written by James Kelly

Children aren'trepparttar only ones who should be closely monitored on Halloween. The holiday can be a scary and dangerous time for your pet as well.

By following some simple tips you can keep your pet safe and comfortable without infringing onrepparttar 125848 family fun:

1. Don't put costumes on your pets unless they are used to it. Wearing clothing can make pets uncomfortable and even sick.

2. Candy is for humans and not for their furry friends.

3. Chocolate is toxic to animals. It can make them very sick. Make sure thatrepparttar 125849 "after Halloween" candy is put away so your pet can’t get it--especiallyrepparttar 125850 chocolate. We hear from owners every year of pets they had to take torepparttar 125851 emergency room because they managed to findrepparttar 125852 candy and eat it. Give them a pet treat instead.

4. If you know or suspect your pet has eaten some Halloween candy contact your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Some candies, especially chocolate, can be life threatening. If you can’t reach your veterinarian you can callrepparttar 125853 ASPCA’s Poison Control Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (888) 426- 4435.

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