We all love our pets like family. Here are five tips on how to keep your dog safe and happy.
- Provide Water & Shelter
If your dog spends time outside provide a shelter where he can get cool in the summer and stay warm and dry during inclement weather. Always provide plenty of clean, fresh water inside and outside.
- Use an ID Tag and Consider a Microchip
Keep a collar with an identification tag with your contact information at all times. A microchip inserted under the skin can’t accidentally be removed and greatly increases the chance that you and your dog will be reunited if she runs away or is lost. Consider enrolling your dog in a program like AKC Reunite (http://www.akcreunite.org/) which is a database of microchipped pets. If you move or change your phone number simply login and update your contact information.
- Travel Safely
Dogs can suffer from heat stress in just a few minutes. Do not leave your dog locked in the car. Put your dog in a crate in the car for both pet and driver safety. Do not allow your dog to ride in the back of a pickup truck or hand out of the car window. If your dog is not traveling with you, make arrangements to board your dog at a facility or to have a pet-sitter come to your house to take care of him.
- Prepare for an Emergency
When gathering emergency supplies for your family make sure to include extra food, water, and first aid supplies for your dog. Discuss with your family who will be responsible for getting the dog if there is a fire and where you will meet. Take pictures of your dog regularly so you’ll have a current photo in case he is ever lost.
- Prepare for the Future
Ask a friend or family member to care for your dog in case you are suddenly detained by travel, illness, or other emergency. Choose someone your dog already knows and provide them with general care instructions before an emergency happens. When making your will be sure to make arrangements for your dog in the event of your death as family members may not be ready to suddenly take on another pet.