Household chemicals: Cleaners, make-up, medicine, and garden/lawn supplies can be very toxic to both people and pets. Dogs and cats are curious and get bored with long hours alone, so will chew on anything. Keep all household chemicals locked or up on a higher shelf than a child or a pet can reach!
Traffic: Dogs and cats do not understand moving vehicles and can be killed by them. Keep your pets on a leash when near traffic! Most dogs can learn to avoid cars, but it takes time and training.
Identification: Your pet's name and your telephone number should be on your pet's collar. The current rabies tag should also be attached to the collar. A slide- on flat ID band is great. Or buy a plastic name tag, to keep from having the maddening "clank" of metal tag against metal tag right under your pet's ears.
Wandering: Many people keep their dogs at home by putting them on chains or ropes. Three tragic occurrences can happen to your dog on a chain: 1) your dog can wrap himself around the doghouse, a tree, or pole and become immobile. While trying to free herself, your dog could become choked and die. Or your dog could be unable to reach water on a hot summer day, and become dehydrated 2) your dog cannot get away from a wandering vicious dog and can be maimed or killed in a fight 3) your dog could be stolen by a human!
- If you must tether your dog while you are at work, set up a cable 5 feet high between two trees and then clip your dog’s leash to that run. Show him/her how to move back and forth between the trees.
- Cats will climb fences and get free from a yard. To deter climbing out, try adding a foot of fence that is slanted inward.
- Dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered AND have people who spend time daily with them will usually stay close to home.
Food dangers: Chocolate, raisins, and onions are bad for your pets. Also, moldy food can sicken your pet. Keep pet food in a cool, dry place and empty out any moldy food from your pet’s bowl.
Claws: Cats need all their claws to defend themselves from dogs or coyotes. Removing claws also causes mental stress on cats, because they have lost a defense mechanism they were born with and they have lost the joy of climbing! Declawing removes the first knuckle of the toe, not just the claw.
Rabies: is a serious disease, which is caused by a bite from a wild rabid animal. Protect your pet with a yearly rabies vaccination.