June is National Pet Preparedness Month which should matter to the 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners in the United States. Our pets are truly members of our family, and we need to know how to respond when the unexpected happens. Particularly in the summer months, there is a surge in accidents and injuries involving our four-legged friends. Many times, this is because more pets are outside and active. While a pet’s exuberant play is a joy to behold, there is also a greater chance for mishaps.
Keep your pets happy and safe all-year round and particularly during these warm weather months by reviewing several important tips from the American Red Cross. It never hurts to be reminded that we should not leave our animals in a hot car, let them ride in the back of a truck, play on recently fertilized lawns, be around water unsupervised, or go tagless. While the site provides basic but valuable basic reminders about proper vaccinations, flea and tick prevention and spaying/neutering, it also helps us think through the unexpected such as including your pet in a natural disaster plan and creating a medical emergency kit.
As any pet lover know, being kind and caring extends to the animals in our lives, too. Wishing you and your pets a happy and safe summer!
YesKidzCan! Reprint 2012