Monthly Archives: July 2017

Pool Safety

 

Did you know that the 5th leading cause of accidental death for dogs is drowning? Dogs can drown even though many people think they can’t. Even the breeds that known swimmers and loving water. Accidents can happen so below are some tips and tricks to prevent that.

1. Teach your dog how to swim: you can enlist in a professional dog trainer for this or can even take some steps at home if you would like. Generally you want to start in a small baby pool at first to get your dog used to water.

2. Invest in a life vest: life vest are generally available and most pet stores and the employees there can help make sure you get the best fit for your dog.

shutterstock_601989583. Watch older dogs: older dogs generally can’t see or hear the best anymore so always watch them closely by the pool because they could easily slip right in. Also they sometimes have health conditions where you don’t want them in the heat for too long or over activity. If you have an older dog and are concerned contact your Veterinarian prior to get their advice.

4. Get a fence: by putting a fence around your pool you may not only save your own pets lives but many wild animals as well. Wild animals often fall into pools and then cannot seem to get themselves out.

5. Learn CPR: yes there is CPR for animals and there is classes you can take to make sure you doing it properly. If you own pets it’s never a bad idea to know how to do CPR.

6. ALWAYS stay with your pet: never leave a pet in or near a pool or any body of water by themselves. They can quickly fall in or go out too far and have a serious issue quickly.

7. Exits: make sure that your pet can get out of your pool and know where all the exits are.

8. Drinking: try not to let your pet drink the pool water because most pools have chlorine in them which isn’t good for them to drink a lot of. Always have fresh cold water available.

9. Play: it’s always fun for both of you to play in the pool together but make sure to watch for how long especially in the heat.

10. Rinse: Always rinse your dog off after being in a pool or any body of water.

11. Heat: even though they are in the water they are still exercising. Make sure they have ample shade to get to and fresh water available at all time. If you notice that they are getting tire or seem to be panting more than normal make sure to get them out of the heat right away and monitor them. If they start to get worse or do not improve call your Veterinarian right away.

12. Pool Covers: yes they are extremely practical but try to use the ones that a tight against the pool if you use one. The flimsy ones can easily take the life of your pet or other animals. They can fall and tangled in the cover or can end up underneath the cover and not able to find their way out.

13. Have a plan: no one want to think of the worst case scenario but it’s always good idea to with the pets so that way you can be prepared. Try to have a plan in place including some sort of first aid kit or an emergency vet hospital phone number.

Fire Safety Tips with Pets

The BEST way to protect your pet is to have a plan and a disaster kit ready. Always practice with your pet and make sure they know to come when called. Around 500,000 pets are affected by home fires and nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by homeowner’s pets.

Tips to help your pet from starting a fire:

  1. Extinguish open flames: do not leave any sort of open flames unattended especially candles.
  2. Remove/cover stove knobs: pets can jump up and accidently turn burners on with their feet or even their nose.
  3. Invest in flameless candles: animals gets very curious around flames and their little tails cans easily knock them over.
  4. Use caution with glass water bowls: Sometimes if a clear water bowl is placed outside on a wooden deck in the direct sunlight, the sunlight can actually warm up the wood below and cause a fire.
  5. Always secure pets: make sure to keeps pets in a cage or behind a baby gate when not being watched.dog-1991103_1280

Tips to be prepared in case a fire would happen:

  1. Have an escape plan: make sure to include your pets in the plan
  2. Have a leash/carrier: make sure to have them in the planned escape routes and easily accessible to grab on the way.
  3. Know their hiding places: know where your pets generally go when they are scared to know where to look for them quickly if needed.
  4. Have fire drills: make sure to practice with your pets, go over basic commands like come and stay.
  5. Secure pet during danger: pets often aren’t fans of loud noise or a lot of people and most likely during an emergency there will be a lot of both so make sure to have a leash or carrier to keep them secure.
  6. Have an animal emergency kit: have food, dishes, water, meds anything that would help just in case and have it easily accessible in your escape plan.
  7. Place to stay: talk to family members or even neighbors that your pet could stay with in case of an emergency.
  8. Dog House: if you have a dog house outside try to make sure that it isn’t right next to your house and free of tress or other flammable objects. That way if your pet would hide in there they would be safe.
  9. Pets alone: try to leave pets in crates by the front door so that if a fire fighter comes in they can find them easily and quickly.
  10. Consider Monitor Smoke Detectors: pets can’t escape burning house on their own it may be a good idea to use a monitored smoke detector that are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders will be contacted even if you aren’t home.
  11. Affix Pet Alert: they are window clings that you can write the number of pets and what kind of pets that are in your house so that fire fighters know what they are looking for and are aware.
  12. First Aid Kit: it’s a good idea to have on hand especially in an emergency situation, you can purchase them at local pet stores or you can talk to your Veterinarian to check what they would recommend to have in them for your pets.