Pet Safety Tips

Prepare for for emergency situations in advance. Pets are extremely vulnerable and depend on you for their safety. Natural disasters can strike without warning. In order to provide care for your pets during an emergency situation, it is important to a have a disaster plan in place. Visit or for pet emergency information and disaster planning assistance.

Foster an animal and help save a life! Foster pet families provide temporary homes for animals prior to adoption. Providing foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets. Dogs and cats are the most common pets needing foster homes, but some organizations may also need help with rabbits, birds or even farm animals.

Take care to pet-proof your home:

1. Remove candy or nuts from locations where pets can reach them. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and nuts can be dangerous to both dogs and cats.

2. If moth balls are used, keep pets away from those areas.

3. Check garbage can lids – chicken bones, foil food wrappers, batteries, etc. can be life threatening.

4. See that all medications are locked up. The sound of pills rattling in a plastic container may entice the pet to chew the bottle open.

5. Household cleaners, polishes, disinfectants, insecticides, antifreeze, fertilizers, perfumes and makeup can be very dangerous if not deadly to pets. Secure all areas, consider baby latches and locks if necessary.

6. Inquisitive pets are attracted to hobby supplies, paints, glues, needles, ribbon and thread. Make sure to put these items away as well.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:40 AM, 05.15.2012