Many unsuspecting owners think they are doing something nice for their pets when in reality their actions are putting them in danger. Following these tips will help ensure the safety of our four-legged friends.

Warm Weather/Cars

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any length of time. On a warm day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120°F in minutes. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die. If your pet is exposed to high temperatures, you should:

Look for signs of heat stress. This includes heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting and a dark red or purple tongue.

Lower his body temperature immediately by moving him into the shade. Apply cool (not cold) water all over his body.

Put ice packs or cold towels on your pet’s head, neck and chest only.

Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

Take him to a vet right away – it could save your pet's life!

If you see an animal showing signs of heat stress, get help! Call the police or animal control immediately!

Microchipping/ID Tags:

Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters each year because they simply got lost and the shelters had no way to know who their owners were. You can prevent this tragic ending for your own pet through two simple steps: microchipping and ID tags. First, make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag on it at all times. The ID tag should include the animal's name, address and multiple phone numbers if possible. In case they aren't wearing their collar when they get lost, make sure that your pet is also microchipped. Every animal that winds up in an animal shelter is scanned for a microchip upon arrival. If chipped, they can immediately contact you so that you can retrieve your pet. Without any way of identifying your pet, the shelter is forced to either adopt your pet to someone else or euthanize it due to overcrowding. Microchipping is simple, safe and relatively inexpensive. The procedure only takes seconds - the chip is implanted between your pet's shoulder blades with a shot and lasts the lifetime of your pet. Once you call the microchip company and activate the chip, you have peace of mind knowing that your pet will be returned to you if lost. 

4th of July:

Many holidays are celebrated with fireworks, which often frighten our pets. Fourth of July is the busiest night at Emergency Vet Hospitals around the country. Dogs have extremely sensitive hearing. Loud fireworks not only hurt their ears, but also frighten them. You should never take your pet with you to a fireworks show. Instead, leave them inside the house in an enclosed area. Many frightened dogs have been known to hurt themselves jumping through windows and can easily get lost in the panic of running to escape the noise. 

Poison for Pets:

There are many common household items that present a grave danger to our pets. Chocolate contains an ingredient that is poisonous to dogs and cats. The smaller the animal, the greater the risk. It's imperative to be especially careful around Halloween and Easter not to leave chocolate lying around where our pets can reach it. Cooked bones also pose a serious threat. They are very dry and brittle. When an animal eats them, they splinter off into tiny pieces like shards of glass which can cut up their throat and digestive system as it travels through their body. Other food items that should be avoided are grapes, raisins and onions. Poinsettias are extremely poisonous to cats and dogs if ingested. Antifreeze tastes very sweet to cats and dogs, but drinking even a small puddle found in the street or your garage can kill them.

Inside Cats:

It is important to keep your pets inside the house when unattended. This eliminates their ability to get into trouble, and reduces the likelihood of being injured. Cats that go outside face a variety of dangers. They can get attacked by dogs, eaten by coyotes, fight with other cats, get lost or stuck in places and/or hit by a car. Their likelihood of getting hurt dramatically increases at night. Outdoor cats also have a large impact on local wildlife. Your cat is a predator and will naturally want to stalk and attack birds, squirrels or baby animals. Cats can be provided with mental stimulation indoors using an assortment of toys that will satisfy their prey drive. It's proven that indoor cats live a longer, healthier life. Your cat will thank you for it! 


Training is important for many reasons, safety being number one. Teaching your dog to walk on a leash allows your pet the freedom of exploring the neighborhood and getting exercise without the fear of being injured. If a dog comes across a cat or squirrel and hasn't learned appropriate leash manners, it could easily take off running and yank the leash right out of your hand. The dog then risks getting lost or hit by a car. Training your dog to respond quickly to a recall word can save their life in the event that they do unexpectedly get loose. Training not only keeps the dog safe, but also ensures the safety of other people your dog spends time with - especially children.