As a practicing veterinarian, pet safety is an essential part of the overall health protocol I create for my clients. Pet safety extends to both indoor and outdoor home environments and excursions taken outside of familiar confines. Check out my pet-safety podcast with Embrace Pet Insurance president Laura Bennett. See: Considering Pet Safety by Dr. Patrick Mahaney (click link to hear the podcast on the Embrace website).
Today’s podcast topic is pet safety, which can cover a multitude of areas. Safety in the home, safety interacting with other people and dogs, safety in different environments. The questions Dr Patrick Mahaney and I tackle are:
- Recently a friend told me that it was OK to leave his dog in the car if it was in the shade with the windows down a crack. Can you give us some facts on internal/external temperatures of a car so show that’s just not going to help
- Can you talk about the Yellow Dog Project? It’s big out in Colorado
- Any suggestions on important first aid type items to keep on hand for your pets? [link mentioned http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pet_first_aid_kit.html] Can you do the Heimlich Maneuver on your dog?
- Where’s an official place to get alerted about pet food recalls? Often the press releases are put out late Friday afternoon and I might miss an important one (fda site) [link mentioned www.thetruthaboutpetfood.com]
- I have big dogs so don’t crate them in the car. What do you suggest for car safety while traveling? [link mentionedhttp://fidoseofreality.com/car-restraints-dogs-big-lie/]
- The most frequent accident claim we see at Embrace is swallowing of a foreign object. Can you go over how to prevent and what to do if your dog or cat swallows something he/she shouldn’t
- What guidelines do you suggest for dog chew toys to stay safe?
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