Understanding all that goes into taking care of a pet can be a challenge. This guide was created to represent the many health hazards present in the average home and to help you make quick impactful changes to make your home a safer place for your pets. The items listed on this page are only a few hazards. For a more comprehensive list please visit ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Common Household Hazards
Pet - Proofing Your Home
Before you bring your pet home there are some steps to take to Pet – Proof your home. Below you can see some things that your pet may encounter in their new home. Please take the time to make sure that these items are pet-proof by securing lids, fixing broken parts, placing plants out of reach, etc. Pets are curious and love new smells, tastes and places to hide.
Please visit you local disaster preparedness website to learn more about how to protect you and your family in the event of a disaster.
Below are five things to do to prepare for your pet:
Make sure your pet is wear a collar with the proper identification. You can also talk to your veterinarian about placing a microchip on your pet.
Keep Them Inside
If possible, make sure your pet in in a safe place in your home. A cage, or pet bed on a lower level of the home will help them to feel more secure.
Keep Vaccinations Current
Vaccinations are not only to protect your pet from contagious diseases but in the event you will need to evauate, up-to-date vaccinations will determine where your pet will be accepted.
It is good practice to have an emergency kit for your whole family. In it make sure you don't forget your favorite pet. Make sure you have plenty of water, a leash, clean-up bags, medication, and the paperwork that shows current vaccinations.
Prepare a list of hotels and/or shelters that you and your pets can go to.