Having a pet means a lot of fun for your whole family, but it also involves some major responsibilities. One of these is doing everything you can to keep your pets safe. Even though they may seem more independent, pets need all the love and care that the rest of your family require, they just can’t always tell you themselves!
In honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month, here are 5 tips for keeping your pets safe.
Make Regular Visits to the Vet
The first step toward keeping your pets safe is to make sure that they stay healthy. Just like you take your family members to the doctor for regular checkups, you should also make sure that your pets get regular visits to the vet. Don’t wait until it looks like something is wrong. Instead, get your pets their vaccines, and do at least a yearly checkup. Your vet may want to see your dogs or cats more often than that or have other advice that you should listen to, as well.
Ensure Your Pet is Spayed or Neutered
Spaying or neutering your pets is another vital step towards keeping them safe. Getting fixed can help prevent pets from getting some types of cancer, such as breast cancer for females and testicular cancer for males.
When a male pet isn’t fixed, he is also likely to do whatever he can to escape from your home in order to find a mate. This can mean roaming for miles and potentially getting in fights with other animals. Whether he is the aggressor or the victim, not being fixed can mean major injuries and high vet bills. Keep your pets safe by getting them fixed.
Proper ID is a Necessity
Despite your best efforts to keep them at home, there is always a chance that your dogs or cats will find a way into the outside world. If this happens, the chance of an injury or getting permanently lost rises the longer they are gone.
There are two steps you can take to make sure that any lost animal gets home quickly. The first is to have your pet wear a collar with an ID tag. Make sure that the tag has your up-to-date contact information so that you can be called right away when your pet is found.
An even better option is to have your pet implanted with a sub-dermal ID chip. Today, veterinarians and animal shelter workers routinely scan lost animals to find these ID chips. So, even if your pet works his way out of his collar, his rescuer will still be able to contact you to bring him home.
Get Your Pets Insurance
As much as we don’t like it, pets can get sick or injured. When this happens, some families find themselves faced with astronomical vet bills and start considering whether or not to have their pets put down. In order to avoid this, it’s a great idea to get pet insurance.
Pet insurance acts like health insurance for dogs and cats. There are lots of plans available with varying monthly payments and deductibles. Some plans just cover accidents and injuries, while others will cover illnesses and even regular vet checkups. The ASPCA Pet Insurance website provides lots of information and enough plans to fit every family’s needs.
When you love your pet like a family member, you’ll do everything to keep it safe. In the spirit of National Animal Safety and Protection Month, follow these tips today to keep all your pets healthy and happy!