Protect Your Pet
Safety first when it comes to your pets. They need you to look out for them!
Secure Your Pet
Register your pet. Many cities require licenses for certain animals. Complete the forms, which may also entail a fee, at your local city hall or other location.
Tag your pet. On the pet's collar put the license tag, rabies tag, and tag with your name, address and home/work/cell numbers. (Update the information if you move.)
WHN Tip: Consider getting your pet micro-chipped — a tiny chip with the owner's contact information that's placed under the pet's skin. The information is kept in a national database, making it easier to reunite pets and owners.
Leash your pet. Letting them run free can be dangerous, and, in some communities, against the law.
Pet-Proof Your Home
Remove temptation. Put any chemicals and food that may be poisonous to your pet out of reach. Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets.
Chemicals and Household Items
- Antifreeze (very dangerous!)
- Cleaning supplies
- De-icing salts and products
- Fabric softener sheets
- Fumes from nonstick cooking pans and self-cleaning ovens (harmful to birds)
- Lawn chemicals
- Painting supplies
- Pest and rodent traps
- Pine needles and Christmas tree water (contains bacteria and fertilizers)
- Plastic wrappers and bags
- Small toys
- String, yarn, rubber bands
WHN Tip: Know what plants pose a danger. Review the ASPCA's list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants.
WHN Tip: Read product labels carefully before using them on your pet. Certain products may be harmful for specific animals.
Health and Food Items
- Alcoholic beverages
- Avocados (toxic to birds, mice, rabbits)
- Caffeine (tea, soda, etc.)
- Chicken bones (cause choking)
- Chocolate (poisonous to cats, dogs and ferrets)
- Fruit pits and seeds
- Macadamia nuts
- Moldy foods
General Safety Tips
Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach
Keep lit candles out of reach
Keep all electric cords out of reach or covered by a chew-proof guard.
Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet
Keep foods out of reach (even if the food isn't harmful, the wrapper could be)
Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals
Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed)
Identify small spaces where your pet could hide or become trapped.
Use baby gates to keep pets in or out of specific areas.
Make sure all fences, gates and pet doors are sturdy and can be locked. Fix any holes or wires that might be poking out.
Cover your outside pool or pond. Many heavily-coated dogs and cats may be unable to swim to safety when their coats are soaking wet.
Keep pets away from ice-covered ponds and lakes. Cats and dogs may wander onto ice too thin to support their weight.
Always check to see where your pet is before you move your car.
WHN Tip: Make sure your animals have plenty of chew toys or scratching posts so they don't start to chew or scratch your possessions!
What To Do In Case of Poisoning
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Muscle tremors
- Lack of coordination
If you suspect your pet has ingested a poison, call your vet or the Animal Poison Control Center Hotline (888-426-4435). (Note: There is a $65 charge for this service.)
- The name and amount of the poison your animal was exposed to
- When it happened
- Your pet's species, breed, age, sex, and weight
- The symptoms the animal is displaying
- Your name, address, phone number
WHN TIP: Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so. However, keep a bottle of ipecac or hydrogen peroxide safely locked away, just in case.
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