Did you know that October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month? While nobody wants to think of their canine companions getting lost or hurt, unfortunately, these things do happen. Fortunately, taking some simple precautions can go a long way towards keeping your pup safe, and can greatly reduce the chances of mishaps. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some of the things you can do to keep your furry bff safe.
Keep Up With Preventative Care
Fido’s immunizations, boosters, and parasite control will protect your canine buddy from a whole slew of issues. Keep up with Fido’s veterinary care!
Dogs are very curious about the world, and they often try to learn about things by, well, eating them. Keep potentially-hazardous items, such as medicine, chemicals, and anything small or sharp, out of paws’ reach. Got a pool? Keep it gated off when no one is swimming.
You don’t have to teach Fido to fetch your slippers. However, he should know and obey basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come.
Fido should be microchipped and wearing his ID tags at all times. If your pooch has a tendency to run off in search of adventure and/or squirrels, you may also want to get him a GPS-equipped collar.
Our canine pals have very healthy appetites, to say the least. Unfortunately, not everything we eat is safe for them. Be very careful with what you offer your pup!
Fido should always be leashed in unfenced areas. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.
That fur coat won’t protect Fido from extreme weather. Make sure that your pup always has a clean, comfy shelter, and that he is cool in summer and warm in winter.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Keep first-aid kits in your car and at home. Include printouts or brochures for pet first-aid. You may also want to download a few pet first-aid apps. (Tip: the Red Cross has a good one.)
Pay Attention To Your Pooch
Your furry buddy’s mental and emotional health also affect his overall health and well-being. Spend lots of time with Fido, and keep that cute tail going!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today!