NATIONAL ANIMAL SAFETY AND PROTECTION MONTH
National Animal Safety and Protection Month in October reminds us of the responsibility that come with domesticated animals and pets. Not only does National Animal Safety and Protection Month raise awareness, but it provides tips and tools to help us be more prepared in the event of an emergency or illness.
Whether the animals in our lives are part of the family or our livihood, we never expect an emergency. No matter what we do, accidents happen. Take steps to be prepared and be aware.
BE SAFE AND PROTECT
- Be proactive. Keep all animals up to date on immunizations. Farmers, ranchers and pet owners, and hobbyists all follow the vaccination schedule set forth by their veterinarian.
- Pet-proof your home and property. Remove or secure choking hazards and toxic chemicals. Make your home pet-friendly and safe.
- Identify your animals. Place tags securly on collars and even label collars with your contact information. If you have more uncommon pets, take pictures in the event they get loose.
- In a disaster, have a plan. Who will be responsible for locating each animal in the house? How will you transport them? If it’s a fire, human life takes priority. However, place decals on windows and doors with the number of humans and each kind and number of pets residing in the home. Keep them up to date.
- Learn basic first aid. Caring for your animal at home will prevent a minor injury from becoming severe. Always call your veterinarian if you are unsure.
- Know your animal. If your animal’s behavior changes, watch for signs of illness. Is he injured or spent too much time in the heat? Contact your veterinarian before giving human over the counter medications.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Do whatever you can to keep the animals in your life safe and healthy. Use #NationalAnimalSafety&ProtectionMonth to post on social media.
The PALS Foundation created National Animal Safety and Protection Month.