Pet Tips

TIP # 1 - PETS & CARS

Never leave your pet in an unattended car. On warm days, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes even with the windows slightly open.


TIP # 2 - CAR RIDE

When taking a pet on a car ride, use a pet safety harness. If an accident occurs, a pet safety harness can ensure that every passenger is protected. If your dog must ride in the back of a pickup truck, make sure that he or she is in a crate that is secured to the bed of the truck.


TIP # 3 - HEAT PROTECTION

Protect your pet from the heat by providing large amounts of fresh water and keeping them indoors. Make sure there is shade when they are spending time outside


TIP # 4 - HOT DAYS

On hot days, limit your pet's exercise to the early morning or evening hours. Also, keep in mind that the hot asphalt can burn your pet's paws.


TIP # 5 - HEAT STRESS

Learn to identify the signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue. If your pet becomes overheated, immediately lower his/her body temperature by applying cool (not cold) water over his/her body, and giving small amounts of water or ice cubes. Most importantly, get immediate help form a veterinarian.


TIP # 6 - PETS & POOLS

Never leave your pet unattended around a pool. Tragedy can occur if he/she does not know how to exit the pool.


TIP # 7 - COLLAR

Make sure your pet always wears a collar with an updated identification tag. Even if your pet has an implanted microchip, some animal shelters and humane societies may not have a universal scanner that can read every brand.


TIP # 8 - NEUTER

Spay or neuter your pet.


TIP # 9 - MATCHES

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pet's reach. Certain types of matches, for example, contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing.


TIP # 10 - TOYS & CATS

When you're selecting toys of your cat, it's important that you think of safety. Your cat's size, her activity level, and her preferences will help to determine the toys that are right and safe for her. Unsafe toys are those which can be ingested. These can include many of the things which your cat finds most appealing, like paper clips and string.


TIP # 11 - METAL DISHES

Using metal water dishes outside in winter may be a risk because your pet's tongue could stick to the frozen metal. In the summer metal bowls can get very hot, and burn your dog.


TIP # 12 - POTTY TRAINING

If you have a puppy that pees on your carpet. After soaking up most of the mess with a paper towel, sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda (backing soda) over the area and leave it to absorb both the traces of urine and the odor.


TIP # 13 - RUNAWAY

If your dog runs away from you and you finally catch up to it, no matter how angry you are at the dog, do not yell or smack it or your dog will never come to you when called for fear of being punished.


TIP # 14 - CHOKE CHAIN

Do not leave your dog unattended on a choke chain. The chain could get caught and strangle the dog.


TIP # 15 - INDOOR CATS

Give your cat a stimulating home environment. This is particularly important if it is an 'indoor' cat. Think three dimensionally by providing comfy sleeping places high up as well as offering a variety of different level shelves for the cat to climb on.


TIP # 16 - CHEAP TOYS

Cardboard boxes with a hole cut in the side, as well as paper bags, make great cheap toys for your cat, and can be easily replaced.


TIP # 17 - MULTI-CAT HOUSE

In multi-cat households make sure that there is enough space for each of the cats to have some privacy. All cats like to have their own space.


TIP # 18 - BUSY DOG

To keep your dog busy, buy toys with little holes in them (such as a Kong), put both big and small pieces of kibble in the toy and give it to your dog. This will keep him busy for quiet awhile presuming he has a few small ones that he gets out quickly. You can also wedge dog biscuits in the holes with a smear of peanut butter.