Solving Dog Dilemmas
Puppy safety is like child safety because both are at risk as they explore and discover life. Here’s how to protect your pet and your budget.
Simple Safety Tips For Your Dog
by Mary Rosenbaum, DogCare Editor/AKC Judge
There are several things that should be avoided when you have pets:
Plants: The Easter lily, azalea, amaryllis, and many other plants can be toxic, even deadly. Lily-of-the-valley can also cause heart issues in both dogs and cats.
Spring time is also the time of year for Foxtail and grass awns. These plants can lodge in the skin, ears, eyes and nose of unfortunate pets; some requiring surgical removal. Keep your grounds mowed and don’t allow access to areas where these plants grow.
Fertilizers, antifreeze and pesticides: can be deadly to pets, so be sure to keep these products safely stored. Try to keep dogs from ingesting a lot of grass especially if there is a chance that any chemicals were applied to or have blown onto the grass. Make sure pets are not allowed to walk on or near fertilized yards, especially when the ground is wet and the toxins are more likely to be absorbed into the footpads.
Edible pet hazards: include chocolate which could be lethal for your pets, so don’t leave any candy where your pets can reach it.
Fleas & Ticks: Be sure to read all flea and tick medication/treatment labels carefully as the misuse of such products can lead to acute toxicity. These products can cause death if improperly applied. NEVER use a dog product on your cat.
Insects: Dogs can have severe allergic reactions to insect bites. If you notice your dog becoming acutely swollen around the muzzle, or developing hives, it is best to get him/her treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If left untreated, the inflammatory response can cause severe illness and respiratory distress.
Bite wounds: are among the most common emergencies. Make sure your pet’s Rabies vaccination is up-to-date in case of such an encounter.
Sun: Never leave your dog out in the sun too long. Dogs can get sunburned, just like people. Use sun cream to prevent sunburn on pink skin. Provide lots of shade for your pet, and always provide plenty of cool, clean water to prevent dehydration. Never leave your pet in a car with windows closed.
Traveling pets: Traveling with your pet in a pickup truck, they should ride in the cab or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck, not in the truck’s open bed. If your dog rides in the back of the truck and you stop suddenly, swerve, or are hit by another car, he could easily be thrown from the truck into the path of traffic. There is always the possibility that he/she will jump out and chase another animal into oncoming traffic. Make sure windows are not left too far down allowing your pet to escape.
Where you live: Maintain a moderate temperature in your house and leave cool water for your pets; another trick is to leave ice cubes in the water bowl.
Avoid leaving windows and doors open; a determined dog can easily tear through a screen. If you do leave windows open for ventilation, have strong screens (or decorative lattice) in place to prevent escapes and falls.
Keep pets away from mouse, ant, and roach bait or traps.
Human medications and prescription drugs can be lethal to small dogs. Medications should be kept in a locked cabinet or at least at a level that is too high for a dog or child to reach.
Be aware of hidden household hazards, such as power cords. They can cause burns, strangulation or electrocution and puppies like to chew on them.
Courtesy of Pomeranian Health http://www.bi-mar.com