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10 Safety Tips for Dog Owners

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All loving dog owners want to keep their dogs safe. The world is full of risks and hazards. Danger lurks around every corner, and it can strike our dogs in the blink of an eye. Alas, this is no reason to become paranoid. However, it is important to learn about major threats to your dog’s safety so you can avoid them in the first place.

Toxins and Your Dog

Your dog’s world is full of exciting scents, sights, and adventure. Unfortunately, there are many things your dog may eat or touch that are poisonous. There are tons of toxic foods, plants, chemicals and other substances that can endanger your dog. Learn which ones are most likely to poison your dog. Then, take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to your dog. It is especially important, that you know what to do if your dog does become exposed to a toxin.

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Dog Bite Prevention

Dogs are everywhere, and some are friendlier than others. As dog owners, we must train our dogs well and keep them under our control at all times. We must also do our best to ensure that our dogs are well-socialized. If you know your dog does not get along with other dogs, then be sure to keep him away from other dogs. If you know your dog has been aggressive towards people, then you must do your best to keep him out of situations that might trigger the aggression.Help spread awareness to others about proper behavior around dogs, dog safety, and preventing dog bites. It is essential to learn how to prevent your dog from biting people or other dogs. You should also know how to avoid being bitten by a dog yourself.

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Preventing Dog Fights

A dog fight is a terrifying thing to witness. Dog play often looks similar to fighting, so it’s hard to tell when that line is about to be crossed. When should owners step in and stop the interaction between dogs? Begin by learning what normal play looks like with your dog. When in doubt, separate the dogs if one or both dogs seem overly excited or tense.One of the most important things for dog owners to understand is how to prevent dog fights. Equally important is learning how to safely break up a dog fight.

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Summer Safety

Summer is a great time for you and your dog to spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, this season can be dangerous as well. In order to keep your dog safe, learn about summertime hazards like heat stroke, and sunburn. Find out how to prevent these things from endangering your dog.

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Winter Safety

Cold weather can be just as dangerous as the heat. There are numerous winter hazards out there, such as frostbite, antifreeze, ice. Take steps to keep your dog safe with these winter safety tips.

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Prevent a Lost or Stolen Dog

One of the scariest things that can happen to a dog owner is the disappearance of a beloved dog. Dogs may run away to explore and then end up being unable to find the way home. Some will jump or dig out of fenced yards, others slip out of leashes or run out of an open door. Sadly, some dogs are even stolen.Take measures to protect your dog from becoming lost or stolen and learn ways to increase the likelihood of your dog’s safe return if the worst happens.

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Wellness Exams to Prevent Illness

Most diseases are much easier to prevent than to cure. Are you taking your dog to the vet for annual (or semi-annual) checkups? That routine vet visit isn’t all about vaccines. More importantly, your vet is examining your dog for signs of health problems that are just beginning or have gone undetected. That way, your vet may be able to help your dog before he even becomes sick.

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Water Safety

Many dogs love to play and swim when it’s hot outside. When spending time outdoors in the summertime, it’s essential to keep your dog safe and cool in order to avoid things like heat stroke, poisoning and more. Safety is just as important when it comes to swimming and playing around water. Here are some things dog owners need to know in order to keep dogs safe.Not all dogs can (or will) swim.

It’s nice to think your dog can just jump in the water and automatically know what to do. While some dogs (especially breeds like ​Labradors and Goldens) may instinctively know how to swim, many others do not. Some dogs can’t swim and need to be taught. Don’t assume your dog knows how to swim, no matter the breed. Others dogs hate or fear the water and refuse to try. Never force a dog into the water. You can try getting in the water and coaxing your dog with toys. If he’s not interested, don’t push it.

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Safe Driving With Dogs

If you drive a car or rely on others to drive you places, it is inevitable that your dog will need to ride in the car from time to time. Many owners are unaware of the many risks associated with dogs and car travel. Even a five-minute car ride can be risky for you and your dog. Fortunately, there are several safety precautions you can take before you drive with your dog.Keep dogs restrainedMany drivers allow their dogs to move freely about the car. Some even allow their dogs to ride in their laps.

The distraction of a dog can easily take your attention away from driving, leading to an accident or, at the very least, a close call. Even if your dog is a perfect angel, an accident can still occur. If your dog is unrestrained, he can easily be thrown from the car (or thrown around the car). In addition, he may become a dangerous projectile, potentially injuring you or other drivers. Always ​keep your dog restrained with a car harness, crate or barrier. Don’t allow him to ride in the front seat, as he can be injured by airbags or thrown into the windshield.

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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Emergencies or disasters can happen to any of us, causing devastation and endangering our dogs. Emergency and disaster preparedness means taking the time to prepare now before a disaster occurs. Proper emergency and disaster preparedness can make all the difference later. You can save your dog’s life by making some general plans in advance.Identification Be sure your dog always wears current identification. In a sudden emergency, you may not be able to locate her collar if it is not on her. Microchip your pet and keep an ID tag on her collar.

 

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