5 Ways to Protect Your Pets from Harm or Accident

Pets are not just animal companions, they are also valued family members. About 70 percent of American homes have at least one pet. The following explains how to keep your precious furry friends safe.

Keep Them at Home

Animals are naturally curious about the great outdoors, and it may seem like the right thing to do to let them out to play. A wandering pet may become frightened, act aggressively or become a victim of cruelty. Keep cats indoors and dogs in a large, fenced yard for daily, supervised exercise.

Pet Proof the House

A pet is like a child with fur and can get into all sorts of trouble inside the home. Harmful materials should be placed out of the pet's reach. Adding baby locks on cabinets will keep your curious pets at bay. Electrical cord guards will prevent chewing and possible electrocution. Always keep toilet lids closed to avoid accidental drowning.

Add Flood Detectors

One of the most dangerous things for pets is a flood. This catastrophe often happens suddenly when there is little or no time to gather up the animals and escape. Many household floods occur as a result of an undetected leak. Adding flood detectors make easy work of identifying leaks before damage occurs. This small investment protects you, your home and your pets.

Having pets is a large responsibility. There are dangers lurking everywhere, especially from flooding. Flood sensors and detectors add peace of mind and are an easy, inexpensive way to keep your pets and home safe.

Practice Car Safety

Dogs love to go for a ride in the car, and they often let their heads hang out of the window to feel the wind in their ears. This makes for a cute photo, but it is not safe as a sign or other object could suddenly appear and cause serious injury. The same goes for animals riding in the backs of trucks, which is illegal in many areas.

Use Leashes and Crates

Whether it is a quick trip to the vet or a cross-country move, keeping your pets leashed or crated is the safest way to transport them. You always know exactly where they are, and they will remain out of harm's way if something unexpected occurs. Keep your pet's vaccinations current and make sure they are microchipped in case you ever get separated.

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