Best Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Safe
If you’re anything like us, you consider your pets a part of your family. They’re more than just animals to you—they’re like a furry child. They have their own personalities and quirks, and you would do anything to protect them. Here are some of the best things you can do to keep your pets safe.
Regular Vet Visits
Taking your pet to the vet regularly means that they will get the medical attention and care they need. Like us, your pet will probably get sick or have some health problems at some point. Having a vet you see regularly whom you trust and who knows your pet will help keep him healthy and ensure he gets the best care possible. They’ll also provide medications to keep away fleas, ticks and heartworm.
This will solve a variety of pet problems. First, pets that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam or run off. Additionally, it can also solve a lot of behavioral issues that unaltered dogs and cats may have. Spaying and neutering reduces the pet population, which leads to fewer animals in shelters and rescues.
Walk Them on a Leash
Don’t walk your dog off a leash. Even the best-behaved and well-trained dogs can get overly excited or spooked and run off. When that happens, they’re in danger of getting lost, taken by animal control or running into traffic. Plus, you never know how other people or animals will react to your pet. Your dog may be friendly, but if she approaches another animal that’s afraid of her, she might get attacked.
Collar and Microchip
No matter how careful you are there is always the chance that your pet could get out and run off. Make sure your pet has a collar with tags carrying basic information. A collar alone is often enough to inform someone that this is someone’s pet. A tag with your pet’s name, your name and a phone number can help anyone who finds your pet contact you. Getting a microchip for your pet ensures that a vet can figure out whom your pet belongs to in the event that they lose the collar and could help you prove the pet is yours to a shelter. Make sure you keep microchip information up to date.
Your pet needs regular exercise to stay healthy just like you. Lack of exercise can lead to weight gain, which can cause a lot of health problems for your pet as he ages. If you have a dog, take him on plenty of walks and make sure he can run and play in your yard or in a dog park. If you don’t want your cat running around outside, get lots of toys and things that will keep her active, like towers and catnip toys she can chase around the house.
Introducing your pet to new people, places, pets and stimuli can keep them from getting too skittish. A skittish or frightened animal is much more likely to run off or attack when it gets scared. Socializing your pet will help her adjust better to new situations when they arise.