By: Faye Ruch at Dog Life Made Better, Helping Dogs Have Better Owners
I recently came up with a list of 61 ways to keep your dog safe and the list is growing. Wow – that’s a lot. A lot to think about, a lot of responsibility, a lot to do. Safety is a top priority of mine – my husband even calls me ‘Safety Faye’. And I want to help you learn how to keep your dog safe too.
Doggie Proof the Inside of Your Home
It is astounding the number of things dogs can get into and their level of curiosity. Or is it out of boredom? Whatever the reason, dogs surely can get in a lot of trouble around the house, so we need to doggie-proof, just like we would childproof our home. Here are some ways to get you started:
- Lockbox all of your medications. I know it can be a pain, but it’s more painful having to get your dog detoxed and hoping for survival.
- Lockbox all of your dog’s medications. They make many medications flavored so you don’t want your dog to go sniffing for those.
- Keep ALL of your trashcans inside cabinets. Dogs are smart and can easily figure out to remove lids from trash cans.
- Discard all trash, pill bottles, empty hair color bottles and so on in a manner that prevents accidental indigestion by your dog.
- Put child-proof locks on all of your cabinets. I like the magnetic ones. I used to have a chocolate lab that could open nearly everything. So even though my trash cans, cleaning supplies, and toiletries were in cabinets, I then had to add cabinet locks for added safety.
Doggie Proof the Outside of Your Home
There are lots of things going on outside your house too. Here’s a plan to get you started outside on doggie-proofing.
- Fill in all holes in the yard – this will help prevent broken bones for both your dog and you
- Know which plants and flowers are toxic to your dog and remove them. ASPCA has an extensive list you can download or print for reference.
- Don’t leave your dog alone outside. There are so many dangers such as things they could eat (plants, frogs, etc.), snakes, mean neighbors, the next-door neighbors’ kids who could torment your dog, thieves who could steal your dog, and your dog could even be an escape artist. So, keeping an eye on your dog is a necessity.
Some Quick Things to Prepare in Case of Emergencies
It’s interesting how most emergencies occur, for example, on a Sunday night at 9:00 PM when everything is closed, right? Of course, emergencies with your dog can happen at any time, but it seems like they occur when there is no help readily available. Here’s the 5-minute plan you can put in place today:
- Post your regular veterinarian’s telephone number on your refrigerator.
- Put your regular veterinarian’s telephone number in your cell phone contacts.
- Ask your veterinarian if they have an after-hours emergency care plan. Some vets have an after-hours answering service. And some vets may even give you their personal cell number for after hours. Also, your vet can recommend where to go for emergency care if they are not able to help you after hours.
- Post your nearest emergency veterinarian center contact information on your refrigerator.
- Post your nearest emergency veterinarian center’s contact information in your cell phone contacts.
- Put ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Phone Number on your refrigerator and in your phone contacts.
These may seem like simple things to do, but the last thing you want in a panic situation is to be scrambling around for some business card or googling information about emergency vets when your dog is in emergent need. I know. I speak from experience.
This article just touches the surface on ways to keep your dog safe and I would love to help your dog and you some more. Come over to doglifemadebetter.com and download your free pdf of 61 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe. And check back often because I will continue to add to the list in effort to keep our dogs as safe as possible.