Whether you’re a current pet owner or looking to add a new member to your family, protecting your pets is a major responsibility. After all, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, some dangers are unavoidable, but others can be greatly reduced with a bit of research and planning.
Let’s look at 5 proactive solutions to help ensure pet health and safety for years to come.
PET INSURANCE Though it may seem like a relatively new concept, pet insurance has a rich history. In fact, the first pet insurance policy ever written was for a dog in Sweden in 1924. To date, over one million pets are insured with some type of pet insurance plan across North America.
Do your research before purchasing pet health insurance. Most companies sell tiered plans, fitting a variety of budgets. It’s always better to be prepared than to worry about the bills when a pet is hurt or sick.
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AVOID TOXINS Pets, in many ways, are like small children. They’re curious, low to the ground and always getting into things. It can be hard to put yourself in their shoes—or paws—but you need to be on the lookout for potential hazards.
For instance, many people store cleaning supplies in low cabinets and under kitchen sinks. Pets tend to associate the kitchen with food and, if they accidentally consume cleaning supplies or poisonous human food, they and you are in for a very bad day.
Aside from the obvious toxic chemicals, keep these common foods out of reach: