All loving owners want to keep their pets safe in a world that is full of hazards. This is not always possible but it can be counterproductive to become fearful or paranoid. However, there are some major threats to the safety of your dog and knowing about them means that you can do your best to avoid them.
1. Keep your dog away from poison
There are many different toxic substances that can poison a dog and owners need to be aware of them and do what they can to prevent their pets from coming in contact with these. For example, know which plants or foods are toxic to them. Keep products containing harmful chemicals, like cleaning products, out of their reach and make sure medicines are stored safely in cabinets and pills aren’t left lying around.
If you discover that your dog ate cardboard, you normally don’t have to worry as it is non-toxic and won’t harm it. However, if your pup likes to chew cardboard often and swallow it, it could cause constipation, straining during a bowel movement and even an intestinal blockage or obstruction, according to Ourfitpets.com.
2. Watch out for overheating
Panting, moving slowly, digging for a cool spot and more can mean your dog is too hot. You should take immediate steps to cool him off. Leaving a dog in a hot car is one of the most common causes of heatstroke in dogs.
A closed car heats up very quickly and because dogs can’t cool off effectively, they can overheat quickly. Parking in the shade or slightly cracking the windows is often not enough to reduce the temperature. Make sure your dog always has enough water to stay well hydrated.
3. Stop your dog from getting lost
The disappearance of your beloved dog can be extremely scary. Dogs love to explore and they may get out of your yard and be unable to find their way home.
Make sure your yard is secure and there are no holes in the fence the dog could escape through. Be careful while opening a gate for a car or the dog could escape without your knowledge. If your dog is wearing a collar, there is more chance of someone finding him and returning him.
4. Think about water safety
If you have a swimming pool, you need to think about water safety. Not all dogs enjoy swimming or know what to do if they fall into a pool. There are dogs that fear water and won’t even go near the pool. Some breeds instinctively know how to swim but others may need to be taught.
Never force a dog into the water. When you introduce a dog to water, do it very slowly and make sure you show him where to find the exit steps. A doggie life jacket can be a good idea when a dog is learning to swim.
5. Avoid bites and dog fights
If you own a dog, you have the responsibility to keep it from hurting someone. You need to train and socialize your dog, never let it run loose and keep it out of the path of strangers entering your yard, like mail carriers. Pay special attention when small children are around.
A dog fight can be terrifying to watch and it can be hard to tell when you need to intervene and how to do it. Begin by learning what normal play looks like for your dog so you know when he is crossing the line. When in doubt, separate dogs if they seem tense or overly excited and before a fight breaks out.