Posts Tagged ‘Dog Safety’

Family Barbecue With the Dog – Safety Tips

May 31, 2010

Having a barbecue can be a lot of fun. Whether it is just your family or extended family and friends, it is important to keep your pets safety in mind. Here are a few dog safety tips for a family barbecue:

By far, the most important tip is to keep your dog away from the barbecue grill. This holds true for children as well. Make sure your grill is away from where the dogs and kids play, as well as at least 10 feet away from the house. You wouldn’t want anyone to knock over the grill and hurt themselves or accidentally set something on fire.

Make sure your dog stays away from the food. Keep the food out of reach. Too much fatty foods that your dog is not used to eating can make them sick. And certain foods can be dangerous for your dogs to eat – food like chicken and pork bones, chocolate (like chocolate cupcakes and such), onions, and some nuts. Ask your guests not to give your dog any scraps. That can be difficult so perhaps put together a little dish of special dog treats that your guests can give them.

Also, make sure the young kids are not walking around with their food. Your dog may take the opportunity to steal it. Not only could your dog eat something bad for them, but accidental biting could also occur – not to mention how unhappy the child may be when the dog eats their ice cream cone!

Watch out for over-activity. A dog distracted by lots of fun and games may forget to drink water. Keep plenty of water available and check out our blog “Spring Water Safety for You and Your Dog” about how to look for signs of heat exhaustion.

Keep the kids toys picked up when not in use. Some toys can be chewed into small pieces and ingested by your dog. Intestinal blockage could occur which could lead to injury or death. Also, keep plates, plastic forks, cups, and other items you find at a barbecue away from the dogs. Keep basting brush, tongs, and fork out of reach. Even a dog who is not generally inclined to chew may be temped by these things. Be sure to put trash in a lidded trash can.

Have your dog wear sunscreen. If needed, put a little on their ears and nose to prevent sunburn. Make sure the sunscreen is non-toxic.

Have fun and keep safe!

Disaster Preparedness for Your Dog and Other Pets

April 10, 2010

Disasters happen every time of year in every part of the world. We seldom think about preparing for it because it always seems to happen to someone else far away. But we should think about it. And we should prepare. Make disaster plans for yourself and your family. And don’t forget to include your pets in that plan.

Always make sure your pets are wearing id tags with your current information. That way, if disaster occurs and you are separated from your pet, someone who happens to find your pet has a way to contact you.

Make an evacuation plan for you and your family. When evacuating the home, each member of the family needs to know their escape routes. And designate you or your spouse to be the one who gathers the pets. Dogs, cats, and other pets tend to want to hide during an emergency situation, so know your pets’ favorite places around the house.

Keep supplies on hand. Certain supplies such as water, blankets, and a first aid kit can be kept in your car. Other supplies such as your dog’s leash, any medications, food, and pet carriers should be easily accessible and close at hand. Consider keeping your dog’s vet info and photo in your purse or wallet so that in the event that you get separated from your pet, you have a way of helping others to look for or find him.

Know places in your community where you can go in an emergency. And make sure they will accept your pets. Some shelters don’t allow pets so check with your vet or a friend to see if they would be willing to hold on to your pet in the event of an emergency. Some dog shelters will hold pets too, but these places will likely already be full. PetsWelcome.com has a website which can give you a list of hotels which allow dogs. They also list other dog-friendly places.

Some of the most common disasters include fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes. Make an emergency plan for each and include every member of your family. A disaster can be a terrible tragedy. A good plan can help to keep it from being even more devastating.