All dogs are capable of biting in certain situations. Here are a few tips to stay safe and help you read doggie body language.
Earlier this week I posted the first of two articles on pet safety during the summer months. Click here to read the first article.
The following are a few additional tips to help keep your pets cool, safe and happy this summer:
Keep cats indoors to keep them safe. The great outdoors holds many dangers for cats - cars, other pets and wild animals. By providing plenty of playtime, cat trees and other enriching activities, a cat will be happy and content to stay indoors. Click here to find out more about how to keep your cat happy indoors. (Note: you may want to “experiment” with walking your cat outside on a leash. Click here for tips on leash training your cat.)
Be aware of “high rise syndrome.” During the spring and summer we like to keep the windows in our house open, especially at night. However, keeping your windows open can be dangerous to your pets because they can fall out of the window and be seriously or fatally injured. All unscreened doors and windows should be kept closed and adjustable screens should be tightly secured.
Cocoa mulch and other gardening products can be harmful to your pets. Cocoa mulch has an appealing scent and can be deadly if ingested by animals. Pesticides, herbicide lawn products, fertilizers and other harsh chemicals can also be fatal if ingested. When walking your dog, stay away from areas that my have been sprayed with insecticides. The Humane Society of the United States website has a list of other common household items that can be dangerous to pets.
Do not leave a pet unsupervised around a pool or lake. Not all dogs can swim. Gradually introduce your pets to water and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove any potentially hazardous substances from his coat. Try to keep your dog from drinking pool water which contains chemicals which could upset his digestive system.
Protect your family from dog bites. The summer months are the peak season for dog bites because so many kids and dogs are playing outside. Training, socialization, and dog spaying or neutering a dog can reduce the risk of dog bites. Click here for more information on dog bite prevention.
For more information:
- Pool Safety for Pets from The Humane Society of the United States
- Summer Safety Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association
- ASPCA Guide to Pet Safe Gardening