Pet Safety Tips


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Sixty three percent of all United States households have a pet according to the 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey. This is the highest it has been in decades! There are 78.2 million dog owners and 86.4 million cat owners alone. Not surprisingly, more than half of these pet owners have stated they would leap into action on behalf of an injured pet.

To avoid pet injuries all together, follow these simple safety tips:

  • Don’t let your dog ride in an open truck bed: It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way each year because if your car stops short, the dog can be tossed onto the road. If your dog must ride in the back of the truck, put the pet inside a crate that will give it some protection from the wind and weather. Tie the crate securely to the walls of the truck bed, so it cannot slide about or be tossed out of the truck.
  • Keep your pet’s head and paws inside the car: Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into their eyes. Rather than visiting the veterinarian to have foreign material removed, keep the windows up!
  • Check your pet’s collar regularly: You should be able to easily slip two or three fingers between the pet’s collar and their neck. When puppies and kittens are rapidly expanding, make sure their collars fit properly.
  • Don’t let your cat play with string: Although a cat playing with yarn can be cute to watch, it can cause them to choke or cut through an intestinal wall. If you see the string hanging from the animal’s mouth, do not pull it out. Instead, take your pet to a veterinarian!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are an estimated 2,560 civilian fire fatalities each year. Authorities generally agree that at least 40,000 pets die annually from smoke inhalation. With Smart911, firefighters know the names of those living in the home, what type of pets are living on the property, where bedrooms are located, and other details such as the location of a gas main. This is the type of information that emergency responders find most useful in order to save the lives of people and their beloved pets.

All of these tips may seem simple, but they could be the difference between life and death!

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