Four Ways To Participate in National Pet Safety Month
Pet health and pet safety are our top priority at AZPetVet, and we take any opportunity we get to ensure the health and happiness of the four-legged friends in our community. This month is National Pet Safety Month, which takes place every October and reminds us to be mindful of our pet’s wellness and protection. In honor of the holiday, we’re offering pet safety tips and pet care tips, as well as a few simple suggestions for how you can celebrate and participate! Here are our top four:
- Check Your Pet’s Chip. Check the Chip Day just passed, but it’s essential to practice microchip pet safety all year round. Between the various holidays that call for fireworks and master escape artist mutts, you must make sure your pet’s chip is registered, the info is up to date, and ID’s/tags are in a safe spot.
- Volunteer. Human interaction is a crucial part of pet health and happiness, so volunteering at a local shelter is a great way to get involved for National Pet Safety Month. Not to mention an excellent way for you to get some much-needed quality time and snuggles in!
- Complete a Pet Safety Course. Whether it’s a CPR certification course, pet first aid training or a just general pet emergency education class, spend some time collecting valuable pet safety tips and pet care tips. There are tons of online and in-person resources available. You can truly never be too prepared!
- Prepare a Pet Safety First Aid Kit. First aid readiness is such an important part of owning a pet. On top of having emergency numbers close by, a pet-safe home, and adequate education and training, make sure you have a pet first aid kit handy! You can buy one online or create one yourself with all the necessary supplies, including antiseptic wipes, bandages/gauze, thermometer, saline solution, and much more. See a full list in our pet safety and first aid readiness blog!
Pet Safety Tips
Pet health begins at home! It’s important to establish a regular routine that caters to the safety and health of your pet. While we can’t protect our pets from everything, there are a few things we can do to hopefully reduce or eliminate the potential for dangerous situations. Here are 10 safety and pet care tips to consider:
- Keep your pet on a leash in public places
- Never allow your pet to wander off alone
- Teach your pet basic commands and obedience
- Be aware of which foods and plants are harmful/toxic to your pet
- Replace your pets old, broken, or frayed toys with new ones
- Establish a dental care routine for your pet
- Keep your pet physically active
- Invest in a GPS tracker or tag for your pet
- Tuck any dangerous household items out of your pet’s reach
- Allow your pet plenty of socialization time to maintain a healthy mental state
National Pet Safety Month is so important to the health and happiness of pets in our community and by following these general pet safety tips and tricks, you’re not only benefiting your pet but you’re making the most of your time together, too! Not to mention, it will save you a lot of trouble and stress in the long run. For additional pet health questions or to schedule your pet’s next wellness visit, reach out to your nearest AZPetVet location today!