More Sun, Less ER: Three Ways to Keep Dogs Away From Cars

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Ocean State Veterinary Specialists Warn of Summer Risks

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Accident prevention is the best option.

Sun shining, weather warming, outdoors calling: a Rhode Island summer sounds a lot like heaven for dogs and other family pets. According to Ocean State Veterinary Specialists (OSVS), however, the seasonal freedom to run free means a new world of risks. Ocean State Veterinary Specialists are open 24/7 and staffed around the clock in order to provide top-quality emergency veterinary services and other specialty veterinary services to animals that are sick or injured this summer. But the best way to care for your dogs, of course, is to keep them from out of harm’s way in the first place.

“While our emergency veterinarians can help your dogs if they’ve been hit by a car, accident prevention is the best option,” says Betsy Hall of OSVS.

As anyone who has owned an energetic dog knows, prevention isn’t easy. But the specialists are hoping to keep dogs in their homes rather than the Emergency Room this summer with three safety keys:

1. Proper Fencing

Room to run, play, bark, and exert as much energy as possible is important to healthy dogs — just limit that room with a well-built fence, or a wireless electric fence. If your dog loves to dig, make sure your fence extends a foot or two down into the earth, or bury chicken wire beneath the fence. You can also place partially-buried barriers like large rocks or potted plants along the foot of the fence to keep them from tunneling out an escape route, or lay down a section of mesh or chain link fencing to keep them from digging at all.

2. Loving Leashes

No matter how well-trained and obedient your dog is, it’s just not a good idea to take them for walks without a leash. Dogs that normally stick by your side throughout a walk might dash out into the street after a rodent or another dog. The thrill of the chase is in their DNA.

3. Ample Attention

Part of the reason dogs do things like dig and run after cars is that they’re just plain bored. Give them ample attention and constructive ways to expend energy, and they’ll be more likely to spend afternoons lazing in the sun rather than running off in search of a more stimulating adventure. If they know you’ll be home soon and ready to play, they’re likely to wait eagerly for you.

If you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time, consider placing them in a professional, trustworthy kennel instead of leaving them unattended in the backyard. The best kennels work in specific periods of play, so they won’t be cooped up in a cage all day.

For more tips or information, contact OSVS at 401.886.6787.

About Ocean State Veterinary Specialists: Privately owned and operated, OSVS provides unmatched emergency pet care and specialty pet services to companion animals around the clock to families from across Southern New England. Its expert staff of experienced emergency clinicians also includes specialists in emergency/critical care, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, radiology, and exotic animal medicine.

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