Monday, May 11, 2009

'Dog Safety' written by Sharon Haslam Dog Trainer

I always suggest to pet owners to attend a Pet First Aid Course if possible but unfortunately they are not available here in Tenerife.  However here are some basic prevention ideas to help keep your pets safe as we always say prevention is always better than cure:

In the event of your dog having an accident, Common sense is the best first aid and the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC!

 Contact your vet immediately; if your local vet is closed contact one that is available 24 hours a day.  If you are not sure, please give me a call and I can give you a list.

Don’t give your pet anything to eat or drink unless your vet tells you to do so.

DO keep your dog on a lead when near traffic or in unsafe areas

DO watch out for hidden dangers such as poisonous plants, hidden holes, gullies and caves.

DO look out for dangers within the home.  Check your pet cannot fall from the balcony, chew exposed wires or cables, have contact with any household cleaning products or insect repellents.

DO keep your vets details plus an emergency vet’s telephone number handy and in a place where all family members know where it is.

DON’T allow your pet to play with children’s toys or sharp objects.  These can damage their throats or block intestines. 


DON’T leave rubbish bins unsecured and open

DON’T leave doors open on washing machines or tumble dryers.  Cats find these as cosy places to sleep.


Remember speedy action is required when dealing with life-threatening emergencies but don’t let ‘heroism’ get in the way.  Animals can lash out and bite or scratch when scared or in pain so if you suffer injuries yourself, make sure you also seek medical attention.

Article written by Sharon Haslam - Dog Trainer - to contact Sharon ring 699 109 837 

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