Preventing Injury to Your Pet

Pets are naturally curious about their surrounding environments, which can often lead to accidents and/or injuries. Here are just a few pet owner tips for helping them keep their furry companions safe:

Tip #1: Provide your pet with proper identification

Pet collars and tips can easily be removed or lost. We recommend getting your pet a more permanent form of identification such as a microchip that includes your name, and your primary veterinarian’s information in case of emergency.

Tip #2: Identify poisonous items

Many common household items are poisonous to cats and dogs. It is important for you to research what may harm your pet such as:

  • Antifreeze
  • Rat Poison
  • Indoor Plants (such as Sago Palm)
  • Medication
  • Chocolate/Caffeine
  • Alcohol/Tobacco

Visit our Pet Poison page for more information.

Tip #3: Accident-Proof Your Home

Dogs and cats are curious by nature, which can often lead to injury. Make it a priority to walk through your home and remove any potentially hazardous items such as:

  • Keep cords/drapery out of reach
  • Avoid buying toys with string
  • Keep trash cans covered with a heavy lid
  • Keep windows closed
  • Fence in your yard

Tip #4: Preventative Medicine

Regular check-ups with your local veterinarian is the simplest way to ensure that your pet is happy and healthy.

Tip #5: Additional Measures

There are many steps you can take as a pet owner to ensure that your pet is happy, healthy, and SAFE:

  • Provide ample shade and water in hotter months
  • Move your pet indoors when temperatures drop below freezing
  • Never leave your pet in a locked car without air conditioning and/or rolled down windows
  • Take caution when introducing your pet to others