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Bite-Sized Tips on Keeping Your Pets Safe

LOOKING AFTER YOUR PET A Bite-Sized Guide to Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe DID YOU KNOW? 1/2 24% 1 in 4 dogs is left alone for more than 5 hours on a weekday of all UK of cats are households now living an indoor-only life have a pet POISONOUS SUBSTANCES *VPIS annual report 2014, percentage of poisoning cases by substance 10% of pet poisoning cases were caused by toxic food 40% of these were due to chocolate medicine pesticides Pay attention to what you're feeding your pets household products toxic food What's good for us can be dangerous for our furry friends--don't give in when they beg for a little taste of your food! cosmetics/toiletries Make sure the items listed below are out of your pets' reach and if you suspect them of having ingested any of these, alert your vet immediately. 43% 12% 11% 10% 1% FOODS PLANTS OTHER Avocados Azaleas Toads Daffodils Lilies Chocolate Pesticides Walnuts Antifreeze Onions Yews Glow sticks Cherry laurels Laburnum trees Mushrooms Human medication Yeast dough Cleaning products A SAFE ENVIRONMENT Make sure your pets' environment-both indoors and outdoors-is safe enough for them to spend time in when they're alone as well as when you're around. Remember Did You Know? Ideally, your pets should be able to exercise for at least 10 minutes every day for their mental and physical well-being. In their Pet Housing Guidelines, the Pet Advisory Committee say that a household should host roughly one animal per 15 m2 at most, depending on the type of property. INDOOR SAFETY Tape down or hide electrical cables and cover electrical outlets. Don't overload plug sockets. TIP Switch off the power supply to your electrical appliances when not in use. Ensure your stove knobs are protected from playful paws that might accidentally turn the hob on. Ensure your bins have lids that can't get lifted easily, especially if your pets like to nose around. TIP You can use babyproofing products to make your home safer for pets too! Consider getting a fireplace door or screen. Remember to put the lid down on the toilet. To most pets it's a big, inviting bowl of water. Keep an eye on items such as burning candles or portable heaters. Place them on stable surfaces out of your pets' reach. OUTDOOR SAFETY Hot Weather Cold Weather Provide your pets with plenty of fresh, clean water. If it's too cold outside, take your pets in, even if they usually live outside. Don't leave any animals alone in a vehicle. Don't bathe them too often, as you can remove essential oils, drying out their skin. Pets should have enough shade or a cool place to hide from the sun when they're out. Pets burn more energy trying to stay warm in cold weather, so feed them a bit extra to ensure they get all the calories they need. TRAVEL SAFETY Take regular breaks. Allow your pets to go to the toilet when you stop. Provide your pets with enough water while travelling. Check pet policies beforehand for the places where you'll travel to make sure pets are allowed. If going by train or aeroplane, travel during the coolest part of the day and at a less busy time to Pets travel better Your pets need to be safe and comfortable when not on a full stomach, so feed them no sooner than inside the car, either on the backseat with a two hours before seatbelt or in the boot reduce the amount of stress departure. behind a dog guard. for your animal friends. SOURCES wayfair.coue .co.uK 2014

Bite-Sized Tips on Keeping Your Pets Safe

shared by itoader on May 01
We all love our cute, cuddly furry friends, but sometimes it can be easy to forget they aren't quite human (yet). So here are a few basic things to keep in mind when having a pet or two around :)




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