Pet Safety Tips Index:
- Do You Have a Pet Emergency Supply Kit? No? Here's How to Create One
- Keep Your Pets Safe (on July 4th )
- Household Items Toxic to Your Pets: People Foods. Plants, Human Meds
- Poison Prevention for Your Pets
- Natural Calming Methods for Your Pets
- Most Common Summer Hazards
Do you have a Pet Emergency Supply Kit? No? Here’s how to create one:
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.
The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! (For more info, go here)
Keep Your Pets Safe (July 4th -- and everyday)*
More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of the year. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters.
The safety and comfort of your pet requires special attention beforehand, so help your pets celebrate the evening free from fear by following these 12 steps: Go here for 12 steps
Please note: While the above information was specifically directed towards the July 4th holiday, the information can actually apply to every day care.
Household Items Toxic to Your Pets:
Foods, Plants, Human Meds:
People Foods Harmful to Your Pets
Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Top Toxic People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Chocolate (all forms)
- For complete list, go here (page 5)
Top 11 Plants Poisonous to Pets
Everyday, Pet Poison Helpline receives dozens of phone calls from dog owners and cat owners saying "My cat ate a lily!" or "My dog ate a plant. Is it poisonous?" Some of the most poisonous plants for dogs and cats are reviewed below. While there are thousands of species of plants and flowers, only a small percentage of plants are truly dangerous and poisonous to your pet. Make sure you know which plans are most deadly to avoid your dog or cat from getting into these poisonous flowers and poisonous plants!
Do you have these plants inside/outside your home?
- Autumn Crocus
- For complete list, go here (page 6)
Top 10 Human Medications Poisonous to Pets
Pet owners who are serious about pet-proofing their home should start with their own medicine cabinet. Nearly 50% of all calls received by Pet Poison Helpline involve human medications – both over-the-counter and prescription.
Here are just a few:
- NSADs (e.g. Advil, Aleve and Motrin)
- Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
- Antidepressants (e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro)
- ADD/ADHD medications (e.g. Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin)
- For more complete list, go here (page 8)
Poison Prevention for your Pet
Many people are planning their family vacations now that the weather has improved a bit and spring has started to show her beautiful face again. Whether you are leaving your pet with a dog-sitter or are planning to stay close to home, it’s always important to be aware of the dangers that can threaten your pet while you’re not home.
“Every year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline handles over 150,000 cases of pets being poisoned, and many of those cases involved common household items.” (For complete article, go here)
Natural Calming Methods for Your Pets
(to help your pets through July 4 holiday):
More than 17 million pet owners will seek tranquilizers or other help from their veterinarian for their traumatized pets. Always, always, ask your vet for help or see if they recommend any of these calming products below:
Dogs cannot sweat to cool down like people. They can sweat a little through their paw pads, but the main way dogs cool down (rather inefficiently) is by panting. Give cool shade and water to drink.
Will dogs "know" when to stop and take a rest? No.
2. Park Cars:
The temperature in your car can rise dramatically within minutes. (See chart)
One of the best ways to keep your dog safe in summer is by providing lots of cool, clean, fresh water. Also, try freezing low sodium chicken broth or yogurt in ice cube trays to increase the moisture content in your dog's diet.