Are accidents waiting to happen to your pets? - Dr. Marty Becker

Are accidents waiting to happen to your pets?

Friday, Dec 4th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A Kitten playing in a Christmas tree
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This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but accidents happen! There’s nothing we can do to eliminate them completely, but there are steps you can take to reduce the chance your pet will have a dangerous – and costly – accident.

You may end up spending thousands saving a pet that has been hit by a car, and many of these accidents are preventable. As tempting as it is to let your tabby roam, cats should be indoor only pets. Not only will it keep them safe from cars, but it will prevent them from fighting with other animals.

For dogs, sturdy fences and leashes will serve the same purpose. It also helps to have a well-trained dog who will listen when you tell him “stop!”

Another easy-to-prevent disaster is accidental poisoning. Make sure you don’t stock peanut butter or other foods that contain xylitol. It can be fatal to dogs. If you have a cat, keep lilies out of your home or yard. Cats can have a deadly reaction to even the pollen of a lily. And, of course, all household cleaners and pesticides should be kept out of reach of pets. 

Averting accidents like these can save you money and heartache by keeping your pets as safe as possible!