At Home Pet Safety Tips
Pets make great companions, but leaving your pet alone at home can be worrisome. Many people are concerned about the pet escaping or a possible break-in that may endanger their animal's life. Those with home security systems may be worried that their alarms will be tripped if the pet is left alone. However, there are systems that are pet-friendly as well as those can be adjusted to ignore the animal's presence, but detect intruders. In addition, it's essential to practice basic pet safety tips to ensure your friend's well-being.
Make sure your pet has identification
Sometimes animals can get past even the sturdiest barriers. Therefore, it's important to make sure that your pets always have identification tags regardless of whether or not you're with them. Dogs and cats can be prone to running off. They've been known to escape homes while alone, as well as break free during walks. Consider having a micro chip placed in your furry friend, ensuring that he or she can still be identified, even if the tags or collar is lost.
Figure out if your pet can be left alone
Some animals develop a stronger relationship with their owners than others and may have separation anxiety when homeowners leave. These cases can range from mild to severe. Practice a calmer demeanor when leaving or returning home. Making a big deal out of these actions will influence your pet's attitude and may cause increased distress when you're not home. The Humane Society suggested ignoring your dog for a few minutes when arriving home.
For pets with serious separation anxiety, consider leaving an article of clothing out whenever you leave home. Make sure that it has your scent, so that the animal can take comfort from having some part of you around. If its anxiety leads to destructive behaviors that ruin your furniture and home, consider confining your pet to a room with ample space to move around. Have a window that it can access so that its attention can be diverted elsewhere. This will not only distract your furry friend, it will also help its day go by faster.
In addition to these procedures, you also have to pet proof the home. There are many steps to this, such as moving dangerous items out of reach, making sure cabinet doors are secured and checking if your household plants are poisonous for the animal. However, with preparation and vigilance, your furry friend can rest easy at home.