Are you ready for
It's here. The
sun's warmth feels a bit stronger and the days are
getting a little longer. Spring is the time of year
when we break away from the comfort of our cozy
homes and get outside. I just love taking my
dog, Otto, out for a long walk. We both enjoy
the smell of the fresh air and the sound of the
birds. It's really a
special time for us and chances are that you
enjoy outdoor activities with your companion animal,
That's why I want to share
two important safety tips with you. Every year, I
read heartbreaking statistics about lost pets and accidents that
could have been avoided with just a
little planning. Our companion animals are
family members and they can't always protect
themselves. That's our job as pet parents.
So here are a couple of things to help keep your pet
safe during this glorious Spring season.
Identification for Dogs & Cats
Even though I am sure
that you keep a close eye on your companion animal
when outdoors, a number of things can happen to
separate you. If this does take place, the
proper identification will help reunite you with
your pet. Animals without ID tags are often
mistaken as strays and they are sometimes treated
differently, so make sure your dog or cat has
the proper identification. I suggest a sturdy,
yet comfortable, breakaway collar with an ID tag containing
your pet's name plus your name, address and phone
number. Also, hook your pet's rabies tag
on the collar.
As some collars can fall
off and others break away if caught on an object, a microchip is a good idea. This is a
very small device that your veterinarian can inject
under the skin around the shoulder blades. The
chip has a number that is registered with the
manufacturer and other local, state and nationwide
agencies. Many shelters and vets have scanners
that read the number on the microchip. Then,
it's a simple call to the manufacturer or agency to
get your name and phone number for a happy ending.
Lawn & Garden Dangers
As the weather
warms up, the neighborhood seems to wake up to
lawn and garden care. Many common
fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides can be toxic
to animals if inhaled or ingested. There is
some indication from recent studies that the rising
rate of certain cancers in dogs and children may be
linked to herbicides and pesticides. To be
safe, make sure you read and follow the directions
carefully. During and after treatment, be sure
to keep your pets away from the lawn or garden until
the area is completely dry. In some cases,
this could mean an entire day. If your pet is
accidentally exposed to any lawn or garden
treatment, act quickly. Wash your pet
immediately with liquid dish soap and call your
Want a safer
alternative? Go organic. In general,
these kinds of lawn and garden treatments are safer.
again, please read and follow
the instructions carefully.
Here's wishing you and
your companion animal a happy and safe Spring.
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