How to Save Your Dog’s Life

How to Save Your Dog’s Life

In the US alone approximately 1.2 million dogs are killed on the roads each year. This statistic makes me want to cry.  There are some simple steps we can all take to prevent this and save our dog’s life.

  1. Never let your dog outside without it being on a leash, unless it’s in a completely secured fenced area.
  2. When taking your dog outside, always use a harness. Collars are very important to keep the dog’s identification on, however, dogs can slip out of them.
  3. Do not rely solely on electric “Invisible Fencing”. It is not effective for all dogs.
  4. Inspect your fence regularly for any damage or gaps that would allow your dog to escape.
  5. Always have your dog’s identification on them.
  6. Have your pet micro-chipped. Make sure you choose a chip that is recognized by your local shelter.

In working in the pet care industry for over 18 years, I’ve heard a lot of stories of dogs, who, ran off after the cat or a squirrel, escaped under the fence, ran through the Invisible Fence. I highly encourage leashes and harnesses for that extra step of safety. You can control your actions, but you can’t control the actions of those who may harm your pet, like speeding cars, other dogs, cats, squirrels, etc. All I have to do is think about how devastating it would be to lose my best friend, that makes me want to use a leash each time, no matter how fun it is to play off-leash.

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