Pet Safety Tips

Pets/Animals - General
By: hummingbirdee    
07-Mar-2011

Introduction:Before a pet comes home to a household, there are some precautions that should take place. Here are some pet safety tips.

  • 01

    Lock Up Medicines

    In order for pet safety, all medications should be kept on a high shelf or locked away in a cabinet. Most of the calls received by The National Animal Poison Control Center are about drugs that have been accidentally ingested by pets. Their number is (888) 425-4435. Do not hesitate to get help from other sources, such as a vet or local poison control center.

  • 02

    Be Careful With Chemicals

    There are several chemicals that can be lethal if ingested. In order for pet safety, these items need to be on shelves that cannot be reached. Some of these things include paint thinners, drain cleaners, insecticides, fabric softener sheets, ethylene glycol antifreeze and lawn or garden fertilizers. Some people do not realize it is toxic for their pets to play with dryer sheets.

  • 03

    Keep Poisonous Foods Away

    There are some foods that are poisonous to pets. For pet safety, restrict access to chocolate, yeast, raisins, grapes, onions,
    alcohol, Macadamia nuts, and chewing gum containing xylitol as a sweetener. Some plants are toxic to pets. They include poinsettias, lilies, sago palms, tulip bulbs, philodendrons, azaleas, and daffodils.

  • 04

    Secure All Electrical Items

    Some pets are great at chewing on things. In order for pet safety, remove all electrical cords that can be chewed along with keeping electrical outlets covered. Animals, like cats, can often be great jumpers. In that case, toilet lids, dryer doors and screen windows need to be secured. Hot irons and burners on stoves should never be left unattended.

  • 05

    Look Out For Small Ojects

    There are little things that may be on the floor that cannot be seen by humans. These items are obvious to our four legged friends. For pet safety, inspect the ground for sharp objects, dropped pills, money or anything else that could be chewed or swallowed. If there is ever any question that something bad has been ingested, call the Vet. There are some symptoms to look for such as vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems and lethargy.







Comments

  • tracyann 4/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent safety tips for pets! H5!

  • snowfence 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list of safety tips for pets. Most people do not think of this until it is too late. H5 and like!

  • Nyla 3/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Very good article!

  • SondraC 3/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Good advice for human children as well.

  • ListMaker 3/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent safety tips. One thing I would add: My dog ate one of my mom's heart pills. I called the pet poison control # - I got a recording that I'd have to give them a credit card and get charge $35 for the call. At the same time, my boyfriend called human poison control and got the answer. Call the human poison control # instead. They also called back the next day to check on Killian and update their database with the info.

  • goodselfme 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list for pet owners to be aware of to not let a dog or cat come in contact with for safety.

  • BonnieDossKnight 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    All vital safety tips for pet owners. Thanks.

  • Snakesmom 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    These are all great tips for keeping pets safe. I had not heard of a few of these, so thank you!

  • JennyHeart 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great tips!

  • clewand550 3/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Nice list of safety tips. My one dog who never gets into anything ate half a box of paint balls. It was pretty scary for all of us since we almost lost her. Keep poisons up always. Very important.

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