In ensuring your pet’s health and safety, even the most
responsible owner can overlook some of the following concerns. With a little
forethought, however, many problems can be avoided.
Most owners heed the warning to never leave a pet in the car, but may
fail to be aware of other places as that can become extremely hot. Some
garages, sheds, greenhouses, or planter areas are much too hot for pets
in the summer months. Be particularly aware of areas a pet may accidentally
become trapped. Secure these locations so that pets can not enter as over
heating can be a serious problem.
Garages often hold an assortment of tools, vehicles, and fluids presenting
a variety of potential pet hazards. Beware of fluids, such as oil, paint,
and especially antifreeze that are left out. They can be harmful or toxic
to pets. Antifreeze is extremely dangerous as a small quantity can be fatal,
and pets can be attracted to it because of its appealing taste. It is safest
to keep cats out of garage as some will actually hide in the undercarriage
of a car or other unsafe spot. Remember that if a cat is frightened, whether
from loud noises or unexpected guests, he may be prone to hiding in unusual
and dangerous places.
Another common situation is a wet dog. A wet dog in the summer may have
skin, as well as odor and grooming issues; particularly pets with thick
coats. Toweling your dog off after a swim and removing a wet collar helps
reduce potential problems. If your pet gets wet in the winter, make sure
he gets inside a warm and dry environment quickly. A wet pet can get chilled
easily in the winter.
Finally, be aware of local hazards. Depending where one lives there may
be other dangers. Snake bites, are of particular concern in the south.
Insects are bothersome in many locations. While protection against fleas,
ticks, and mosquitoes has become fairly universal, spiders, gnats, flies
and other bugs can also be serious pests. Wild animals,
even in the suburbs, may be a threat to your pet too. In some cases neighbors
may present a hazard. While most neighbors are friendly, try to be aware
if a neighbor is anti-pet. Sometimes children do not treat pets properly,
but unfortunately some adults won’t treat a neighbor’s pet
appropriately either. Fortunately, awareness combined with keeping a pet
contained often helps this type of situation. These are some of the issues
that are typically not thought about until a problem arises. However, with
a little extra attention owner and pet can be spared unnecessary problems.