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National Animal Safety and Protection Month

10/23/2012 by Colleen Williams
October 23rd, 2012 by Colleen Williams

In addition to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, October is also National Animal Safety and Protection Month. At Healthy Paws, we believe pets are part of the family. Protecting the safety of your dog or cat is a pet parent’s main responsibility. This October, observe National Animal Safety and Protection Month by using these pet safety tips.

Have a pet first aid kit. For minor injuries and illnesses, a pet first aid kit is essential. You can create your own from human first aid supplies or purchase one online or at a pet supply store. Every pet first aid kit should have these supplies:

  • Veterinary and emergency clinic contact information
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Penlight
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Cold / heat packs
  • Leash
  • Gauze
  • Bandage rolls
  • Wound disinfectant
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Travel safely. Whether you’re traveling with your pet by plane or car, it’s important to do it safely. Always have your cat in a comfortable, secure carrier, and never take him out until you reach your final destination. When flying with your dog, keep him in a comfortable crate with plenty of water. Doggy seat belts or a crate are a must-have for road trips. In the event of a car accident, your pet can be a danger to himself and others.

Pet-proof your home. Keep plants and foods toxic to pets out of paws’ reach. Cleaning supplies and car fluids can also be dangerous. Puppy-proofing and kitten-proofing your home is essential for pet safety. Tie up curtain hangings and blind pulls to prevent accidental strangulation. Walk through your home and look for any potential pet hazards. Chewable electric cords, low-hanging plants, and cleaning chemicals are all dangerous to pets.

Consider pet insurance. As pet parents, we know you can’t protect your pet from everything – that’s what pet insurance is for. In honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month, consider getting pet insurance. With pet insurance, you’ll never have to worry about the costs of unexpected illnesses and injuries. With Healthy Paws’ Every Quote Gives Hope program, with every pet insurance quote we donate to animal shelters. When you look after the safety of your own pet, you’re also providing life-saving medical treatments for pets in need!