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Keeping your Pet Safe at All Times

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The UK has long since been regarded as a nation of animal lovers, which is a title that is worn with complete pride and with hundreds if not thousands of pet lovers it’s not difficult to understand why we bear this name.

Most people that own a pet know exactly how to look after them and how to keep them happy, however, there are some people, especially new pet owners that aren’t sure exactly how to keep their pet safe.

One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that your pet is wearing an engraver pet ID tag at all times, however, there are other requirements to keep them safe in the various places that they will go.

But before we look at how to keep your pets safe you may be wondering why it’s important.

The Importance of Keeping your Pet Safe

You may be thinking don’t pets just stay with you and never leave your side? And asking yourself do they really try to escape and wander off on their own adventure?

The answer is YES! So, we need to keep them safe.

If unsafe our pets can wander anywhere they like and whilst they may love us they do enjoy an adventure, but this isn’t really something that we want them to do.

We want our animals to be safe where ever they are and to stay with us. But the fact of the matter is this isn’t always the way it goes.

What Can Happen if they are Unsafe

If a pet is unsafe then anything can happen. They could run away and disappear or they could become hurt. Both of which we want to avoid.

They could also be stolen by a dog thief looking to make a profit which is again not something that we want anyone to endure.

Losing a pet can be truly devastating and life-changing and whilst many can find their pet when it runs away and help them when they are hurt there are some cases where there is sadly no happy ending.

So, we want to ensure that you are fully aware of how to keep your pet safe in any and all environments.

In the House

The best place to be is at home with your pet enjoying time together – Well, you’d think.

But in fact, the home is full of hazards that can harm your precious pet meaning that it’s not always the best place to be.

What Can Happen?

There are various chemicals around the house that are used in cleaning and not only this but there can often be indoor plants that are poisonous to animals.

There can also be sharp objects that animals can get caught on and objects that if fall from their shelves could cause serious damage.

How to Avoid this

So, to avoid these issues there are a number of things that you can do. Firstly, avoid harmful cleaning chemicals and just stick to using good old elbow grease.

Secondly, you should check the list of plants that can be harmful to your pet, they differ between cats and dogs so make sure that you look at the right one.

Next, you should walk around the home and look at it from their perspective. Trust your instincts and if you believe that there are no hazards on the floor or above then don’t worry.

In the Garden

But it’s not only inside the home where you will need to watch out. The garden too comes with hazards that could affect the safety of your pet.

It might be their favourite place in the whole world but make sure that you check the area thoroughly before allowing them outside.

What Can Happen?

Again plants can be an issue to your pet, especially if they are on the list of poisonous ones. But also there could be sharp objects such as nails protruding from fencing and decking.

The fences may also be the incorrect height, especially if you have a dog as they can often jump higher than we expect.

Also, there could be poisonous substances used on the grass where you have tried to help it grow or stay in colour that could cause harm to your pets.

How to Avoid this

You can easily avoid all of these issues by making a few simple changes. Firstly, check double check and then even triple check that all plants in your garden are suitable for your pet.

Next, check all fencing and decking for sharp nails and either remove them completely or shorten them so that they no longer stick out.

Then check the required height of a fence for your breed of dog. This can be easily found online or simply as your local vet.

Lastly no matter how much it pains you avoid using chemicals on the grass. Yes, it may not look great but for the sake of your pet’s safety, it’s well worth the sacrifice.

When Out and About

Lastly, there can be various issues that you can face when out and about with your pet and this is most probably the worse one simply because it’s harder to control.

Depending on where you go there may be different issues that you face but ultimately you will need to come up with a solution and quickly.

What Can Happen?

If you’re walking along the street with your pet the biggest and most common issue seen is broken glass. It can seriously hurt your animal’s feet and cause issues that you really don’t need.

The park too is full of hazards such as discarded rubbish that may be picked up by your pet and falling branches that could harm the both of you.

And lastly, an obvious hazard is the road. Pets can become very nervous when rushed and around loud traffic which could result in your pet pulling away to escape.

How to Avoid this

However, again these are all issues that you can resolve. Although they cannot be permanently fixed they will still none the less get easier to notice.

Firstly, the moments that you see any broken glass on the floor STOP! Look around for an alternative route and avoid walking your dog through it any costs. Even if that means crossing the road, or changing direction.

When walking through the park make sure that you keep an eye out for any trees or branches that look unstable and maybe even take a lap around the area to check for any dangerous rubbish before letting your pet go off the lead.

Of course, you when off the lead this opens the opportunity for your pet to try and run off, so ensure that that they have the correct pet ID just in case. This can be easily purchased from places such as Pet Tags.

Lastly, when crossing the road trying to avoid busy main roads. If you can’t make sure that your pet is nice and calm before beginning to cross and if it does panic just reassure it until you’re safely across the road.

So, now you have all the information you need to keep your pet safe. Just remember that where ever you go there will be hazards, so keep a look out at all times and you should both be fine.

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