Unfortunately we see too many cases in our work of animals which have needlessly been injured or have died. The old saying “prevention is better than cure” is certainly appropriate here.
Below are a few simple tips which can save your animal’s life.
- Always keep your dog on the lead, especially near traffic. In our experience almost all dogs which are run over were not on the lead. Even the extendable leads can be really dangerous if you don’t know where the “brake” is.
- Be careful with casement (swing) windows. So many cats have been badly injured or even killed with these. They get stuck and suffocate. If a swing window needs to remain open, then put a cushion or other object (fe. sock filled with sand) in the opening which the cat can get its claws into.
- Be careful with open windows/doors (balcony) as cats can fall down. This happens almost daily, also with cats who sit/ly in open windows/balconies for years and never fallen down. Your cat can get very badly injured and/or die.
- Avoid sunstroke. Never leave your dog alone in a car on a hot day without water or fresh air. The car can get as hot as an oven within minutes.
- If your cat wears a collar, make sure it’s one with an easy fastening which will open if the cat gets stuck in it. Even its paws can get caught in the collar so it must open easily.
- Take your dog out before mealtimes or wait an hour and a half after feeding before you let it run around again.
- Regular small meals are much better than a huge feed in one go.
- Dogs should be given their food at a reasonable height above the ground to avoid taking in too much air.
- Electric cables and rodents do not go together. Keep an eye on your animal if it’s allowed to run round freely. This also applies to kittens and puppies. Burning candles can also be dangerous for your pet.
- Watch out for poisonous substances, including house- and garden plants. Pick up a poison guide from the chemist. This also contains first-aid tips after accidental poisoning, eg whether to make the animal vomit etc.
- Make sure you give your animal the correct food. Commercial products contain everything your animal needs. Feedings bits from the table or giving them sweets is nice to do but can be harmful for the animal. Chocolate is especially unsuitable (and sometimes dangerous) for small pets. Being overweight can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes.
- Get your animal castrated or sterilized. Don’t contribute to the excess of unwanted small pets.
- Finally, get your animal chipped. If it goes missing, it can easily be traced back to its owner. Cats in particular lose their name tags/collars easily. Another thing you can do is write your address and phone number on the inside of a (safe) flea-collar.