MissingCritters.com Offers Five Tips to Create a Pet-Safe Home

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In Celebration of National Pet Month this May, MissingCritters.com is offering five tips to help keep pets safe from hazards at home, in a yard, during errands to the store, and from the risk of getting loose.

Digging is common. Use a fence extender, available for any type fence, from escaping by digging under even the sturdiest fence.

A fence extender keeps a digger from becoming a lost dog.

...practice this mantra: Protect a pet like protecting a child!

There is no better way to celebrate a pet than to provide them with the safest possible environment. Pets, like children, are mischievous and curious. A pet, however, will continue to think like a child while growing quickly into the equivalent of a teenager or adult. The following five easy-to-remember tips address common and serious dangers in and around the house:

1.    Protect pets from ingesting medications, chemicals, and yard treatments.

Think of pet safety as child safety. Close tightly and immediately items considered a poison or medication. Do not throw them in the trash. Follow local hazardous waste and medication disposal methods. Keep the Pet Poison HelpLINE telephone number handy: 800-213-6680.

A yard may contain unnoticed pet poisons. The effects may not be immediate, but are deadly, nonetheless. Natural and pet-safe treatments include: corn gluten meal, a natural weed killer and fertilizer and diatomaceous earth or boric acid (Borax) to kill pests.

2.    Prevent and be prepared for a runaway pet.

What awaits a lost dog or lost cat is reflected in the statistics published by the ASPCA – Less than 5% of all missing animals get returned to their owner. Do not underestimate a pet’s ability to get loose no matter how great the mutual love.

  •     Doors and windows should be kept closed or screened.
  •     Add additional security In the yard ̶ gate latches, a natural dig deterrent such as citronella or pepper, or a simple fence extender such as Dig Defence® products.
  •     A pet should always wear an ID tag, have a microchip, and be registered with MissingCritters.com for free and instant Internet posting and searching.

3.    Visually scan objects, appliances, and doors in the home and yard. Ask, “What would happen if …?”

“What would happen if a pet ate, walked on, went inside, or knocked over _______?” Fill in the blank with objects, appliances, doors and drawers throughout the house and yard. Then move it, close it, “adjust” it, or not leave it unattended. Chewing up homework or messing up a half completed puzzle may be annoying, but jumping on a hot stove, eating a small, sharp object, or knocking over a lit candle can be harmful.

4.    Always have water accessible.

More water than can be imagined is required to keep pets alive and healthy. From hamsters to cats, from parakeets to dogs, from bunnies to snakes, make sure that there is always water available. No pet asks for water. Dogs just go directly to the toilet for a drink.

5.    Even a short trip to the store requires attention.

“Shopping will only take a minute” is a common belief, but a rare occurrence. How often have we run to the store for two or three items and returned with two or three bags?

  •     Never leave pets alone in a car on a warm day – the car will become much hotter than the outdoor air and tragedies are common in this situation. If left in a cool car, crack all the windows a little and ensure a pet’s muzzle can’t get all the way out. Leave a shallow pan of water on the floor.
  •     While driving, if a window is left open, make sure the opening is small. Animals do NOT always sense what would happen if they instinctively jump through a moving car’s window.
  •     The driver’s seat means very little to a pet. If possible, use a cage in the back of the car or a commercially available, pet seat-belt in the back seat. Pets are notorious distractions for drivers and very poor at steering.

Finally, practice this mantra: Protect a pet like protecting a child! The above tips will help reduce the chances of severe harm to a pet and, in some cases, to their human caretakers.

About MissingCritters:

MissingCritters.com is a website founded with the vision: What if all lost animals and all found animals could instantly be posted on a public bulletin board with almost no effort and was 100% Free? Our approach is simple, yet elegant – “Use a cell. Click a pic. Save a stray!” This free, easy-to-use website is designed so that the owner of a missing animal is immediately notified when the pet is found and, if taken to a shelter, returned home within the short window of time before the critter is adopted, transferred elsewhere, or put down. Companies interested in advertising to support the site can contact Stuart Harris at SHarris(at)MissingCritters(dot)com.

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