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Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Pet Safety Tips

October 15 2021

Part of being a responsible pet owner is just keeping your animal companion out of trouble. Pets don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them, which leaves them wide open when it comes to getting into trouble. You’ll need to take a few steps to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and safe. A local vet offers some advice on pet safety in this article.


Dogs

Both curious and playful, Fido naturally has a taste for exploration. That can be a dangerous combination! One of the best things you can do to protect your canine buddy is to train him to obey basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. Also, keep your pup on a leash whenever you take him off your property. We also strongly recommend microchipping your furry pal, as well as making sure he has proper ID tags on. Last but not least, if you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure.


Cats

For Fluffy, keeping her inside is definitely the best way to keep her safe. Your feline companion may think she’s a ferocious lion, but she’s actually very vulnerable and small. Weather, chemicals, cars, and other animals are just a few of the dangers your kitty will face outside.


All Pets

You’ll need to keep up with their veterinary care no matter what kind of pet you have. Pet proofing is also important. While the exact details of what you would want to address may vary a bit, you’ll want to address certain common dangers. Toxins are one concern. Store any type of chemical or medication in spots your furry friend can’t access. Also, make sure that your place only contains pet-safe plants. (A great list of both toxic and non-toxic plants can be found online at the ASPCA website here.) Plastic bags and ties are also dangerous. Make a habit of cutting those rings that hold beverages together, and keep wrappers out of paws’ reach. Other potential hazards include medications and chemicals; wires and cords; candles; and anything small or sharp. Lastly, take care not to let your pet ingest any harmful foods. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local animal clinic, we are here to help!

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