Oct 11 2018

October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month!

We know you’re constantly worried about keeping your pet safe. Here are some helpful tips for keeping them out of harm’s way for National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

Pets sometimes become lost or escape. A pet that is wearing an ID tag, personalized collar, or has a microchip is more likely to be returned when they are found than one that isn’t. Most shelters and veterinarians have microchip scanners on hand and scan dogs and cats when found. If the pet has a microchip, a number will appear on the scanner. Shelters and veterinary offices contact microchip companies and give the ID number to find the contact information of the owner. Remember, if you or your veterinarian does not register the microchip then the information will not be on the ID account. Also, remember to update your correct information on your microchip every time you move.

Occasionally, the biggest harms can come from items in your home. Make sure your house is pet safe by storing common household hazards like insecticides, batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, and antifreeze out of reach. Keep your floors clear of small objects that may become a choking hazard for your pet. Before buying a new plant, or giving those begging eyes a bite of what’s in your hand, research what plants and foods could make your pet sick. Common harmful foods for pets are chocolate, avocados, raisins, salt and spices, onions and garlic, nuts, xylitol (sugar substitute), alcohol, cherries, fruit with pits, mushrooms, caffeine, bones and fatty foods.

While traveling with your pet, it is important for them to be contained in your vehicle. Pets may be crated or placed in a carrier to keep them from distracting the driver and contained in case of an accident. Auto harnesses may be used on dogs to minimize driving distractions and protect pets during travel. Barriers and booster seats are additional ways to keep pets contained while in the car.

Regular trips to your veterinarian can help protect your pet from diseases and health problems. Keeping your pet current on vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea prevention, and examinations is very important to keep your pet safe and healthy. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please feel free to give us a call (706.629.5060) or send us an email (askbfah@gmail.com).

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