Keep Your Furry Friends Safe at Home or on the Road
There’s a pretty good chance you’re part of the 70 percent of U.S. households that have a pet. That’s right – over 90 million families are caring for a furry friend! And if there was one silver lining from COVID-19, about one in five households fostered or adopted a cat or dog, proving how important pets are to our well-being.
Our four-legged friends aren’t just companions – for many of us, they’re considered family members, so it’s only natural that they stick with us in the home and during our travels, both near and far.
We want our furry friends to stay safe in the same way we want our family members to be safe, so let’s look at some simple steps you can take to make sure your pets stay happy and healthy.
Pet safety in your home
- Dogs and cats are naturally curious, so use latches and gates to keep them out of food pantries, medicine cabinets, trash cans, or your garage, especially if you store potentially hazardous chemicals within reach. You can also create a safe space in your home by using a crate or a gate system so your pet can be nearby but away from any potential hazards.
- Look for any small spaces, such as behind your washer or dryer, that your dog or cat may want to make his or her new napping area, and be sure to secure or block the space.
- We’re all wired to electronic gadgets these days, but Sparky or Jingles doesn’t need to play your video games, so make sure all those wires are well out of reach.
- If you have house plants that may be poisonous, make sure they’re also out of reach. Also note that hanging plants are still fair game, especially for cats, so make sure they’re out of jumping distance.
Safe and secure road trips
- Before you head out on a car trip, first ensure your dog or cat is healthy and has all its vaccinations. You may also need to have health certificates or vaccination records with you if you plan to travel out of state.
- The great outdoors will open up new opportunities for exploration for your pet, so in the event your pet wants to explore without your permission, make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag with your address and phone number. Microchipping your pet is another option that will allow you to locate your pet should they run off. Finally, snap a couple of photos of your pet with your phone so you have a picture to share if needed.
- Be sure your pet is safely secured in your car for the ride. Options for this include safety harnesses, car seats, barriers, and kennels.
- Don’t leave your pet in your vehicle – if it’s too hot or cold for you, it’s too hot or cold for them.
Your local Rockingham Insurance agent can also provide you with the right insurance coverage in the event your dog or cat is injured inside your car. Coverage can include payments for veterinary expenses or other services to treat your pet. So contact your local agent today, because wherever you go with your pet, we’re here.