4 Simple Tasks to Keep Your Pet Safe

Keeping your pet safe is a top priority.

So as a responsible pet parent, you do many things every day to keep your pet safe—from taking care of big tasks, like making sure your pet is safely contained, to all the little tasks, like trimming your pet’s nails. Unfortunately, there are common safety measures that even the most diligent pet owner can overlook. Luckily, none of them are difficult to cross off your “to do” list. Here are four things you need to do today in just a few minutes to keep your pet safe.

Check your pet’s ID tags.

Glance at your dog’s ID tags. Is the information correct? I occasionally switch my dogs’ collars around, which means moving the ring from one collar to another. Having done this a dozen times, I only just realized: One of my dogs has an incorrect phone number on his tag! Yikes. I ordered it online, and one number in the middle of my phone number is wrong. Typos happen. Plus, if you’ve relocated or canceled your home phone, the data on the tag may not be entirely accurate. Take care of any updates, and consider adding your contact info to your dog’s collar, too, since ID tags can get snagged and fall off.

Create a digital profile for your pet’s microchip.

You know it’s vital to have your pet microchipped in case he ever gets lost. But, the chip is only the first step. You need to create an account with the microchip company. Some vets and shelters submit basic information on your behalf; however, it’s up to you to log in and check for accuracy. Plus, you can upload a recent picture of your pet, designate emergency contacts outside your family, and enter your pet’s medical information. All of this data will help reunite you and your pet if he ever gets lost. Bonus: Some microchip companies can populate all that data and your pet’s picture into a lost pet flyer that you can print and hang, and many companies even email the flyer to service subscribers in your area.

Load vet records onto a jump drive.

As an active dog lover, you and your best friend probably travel together, go hiking, visit friends and family, go to the pet store, and so on. In case of an emergency when you’re away from home, load a jump drive with your pet’s complete veterinary records and stash it in your car. You’ll have all of your dog’s vital information if something happens while you’re off on an adventure together.

Provide an emergency contact to your pet’s services.

Everywhere your pet goes for a service—groomer, doggy daycare, vet, training facility, etc.—needs to have an emergency contact on file. If something happens to you while your pet is visiting that business, the service provider should not release your dog to just anyone who comes in the door. Having an emergency contact designated will enable the service provider to verify the person’s identity to send your dog home with someone you know and trust.

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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