It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog!

Dogs and Open Truck Beds

  •   Any sudden start, stop, or turn may toss your pet onto the highway where the dog can get hit by oncoming traffic. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way each year.

  •   Open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather.

  •   Hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paw pads.

  •   A dog left sitting in the broiling sun without water or shade may suffer from heat stroke before long.

  •   Do not leash your pet inside the truck bed--many dogs have been strangled when tossed or bumped over the side of the truck and been left helplessly dangling.

Dogs and Open Windows

  •   Although most dogs love to stick their head out an open window, that wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into the animal’s eye.

  •   Insects or flying debris can also lodge in the nasal passages or get sucked up into the windpipe.

  •   It may require veterinary attention to remove the foreign material, which could cause permanent damage to the eye.

Safe Solutions

  •   It is safest to allow your dog to ride inside the truck cab, or leave him at home.

  •   If she must ride in the back of the truck, put the pet inside a crate that will give her some protection from the wind and weather. Tie the crate securely to the walls of the truck bed, so it cannot slide about or be tossed out of the truck.

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A Pain In The Neck

Collars do not expand, but puppies and kittens grow quickly! If not loosened, collars can literally grow right into your pet’s neck—an excruciating, constant pain. So please check your pets’ collars at least every week until they’re full-grown (that can be more than a year for the really large breeds of dog). You should be able to easily slip two or three fingers between their collar and their neck.

If you have a cat, be sure to buy a "break-away" collar that can easily break if she gets her collar stuck on something. This will prevent her from being strangled by her collar.

However, don’t let this simple task stop you from putting a collar and an ID on your young pet, just in case he slips by you and gets lost.

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A String of Errors

Although watching a cat play with yarn can be cute to watch, it can cause serious problems for the health of your cat!

Why Are Cats Attracted to String?

  •   Cats have an instinctual desire to stalk anything that moves.

  •   They like string, thread, yam, Christmas tree tinsel, ribbon, shoelaces, etc.

  •   This can be great fun to encourage if you supervise their play.

How to Avoid Death Through Play

  •   Supervise the cat’s play with items she can choke on, but don’t leave her alone with it.

  •   Put all tinsel and string out of the reach of your pet.

  •   Both dogs and cats can choke on small toys, toys that have items that can fall off such as eyes or string that has been used to tie meat for cooking.

What to Do if the String Has Been Swallowed

  •   If you see the string hanging from the animal’s mouth, DO NOT pull it out.

  •   The pulling could cause the taut string to saw through an intestinal wall, possibly subjecting the animal to peritonitis.

Immediately take your pet to a veterinarian! 

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Be Careful What You Plant

Dangerous plants
Although plants provide us with clean air and immense beauty, many of these plants are also poisonous to pets. Plants which are not toxic to people, like the hibiscus, the Easter lily family, mistletoe, and
Dieffenbachia may medical problems such as renal failure, irregular heartbeats, cardiac shock and even death.

To avoid a possible accident, learn the plants that are especially dangerous to your pet. If you have those plants and cannot stand the thought of giving them up, place them in a unreachable location so the animal cannot chew or dig up the plant. Also, keep chocolate, caffeine and milk products away from all animals.

In Case of Emergency
If your pet does chew on a plant, immediately remove the plant from their mouth and rinse their mouth out gently with water. Identify the plant your pet ate and call the poison center or your veterinarian. Watch for excessive or foamy salivation and changes in the skin around the mouth, eyes, or paws. 

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Include Pets In Fire Safety Programs

Before an Emergency

  •   Install smoke detectors

  •   Plan your family’s safe evacuation in advance: Remember your pets’ usual hiding and sleeping places.

  •   Always make sure your pets are identified with collars and tags.

  •   Create a Family Emergency Kit! Include:

  •   Pets’ health records

  •   Pet Food

  •   Leashes

  •   Pillow case to carry a cat

During a fire

  •   Look for your pet in her favorite hiding spot.

  •   Escort your pets to safety on leashes, or in crates or cages.

  •   Carry a cat in a pillow case.

  •   Take your animals to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Pets can suffer from serious smoke inhalation 
      in a matter of minutes, and may also have bums underneath their fur or feathers.

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Your Pets Need You Even More When Disaster Strikes

When disaster strikes a community, essential services—like water--are often unavailable. So what can you do to ensure your pet is cared for during and, especially, after a disaster?


  •   Many rescue shelters do not accept animals. Gather the names, addresses and telephone numbers of hotels, friends, kennels, etc. outside your area which accept animals.

  •   Keep essential pet supplies—food, water, medications, leash, and pet carrier on-hand.

  •   Make sure your pet wears a current ID tag with your information as well as vaccination tags.

  •   Keep a copy of your pet’s vaccinations handy, so you can board your pet or leave the state.

When disaster strikes, don’t leave your pet behind! If it’s unsafe for you, it’s certainly unsafe for your pet. But evacuation shelters rarely accept animals, so plan now!

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Last modified: June 20, 2017