Can you believe that summer is winding down? While we still have a few weeks before fall officially starts, kids are heading back to school, and some have already started. This can be a difficult—and even dangerous—transition for pets. A local Kerrville TX vet offers some advice on back to school pet safety in this article.
Many of the things in a kids’ schoolbag are dangerous to pets. This is a bit more of an issue with elementary school kids, as they may be bringing things like crayons, markers, glitter, and scissors in as well. However, things like staples, paper clips, and even keys can be dangerous. It’s a good rule of thumb to have kids hang their bookbags, or put them on desks or other spots pets can’t get to.
If your furry friend has gotten used ot having the kids around more over the summer, he may be lonely and depressed during the days he’s left alone. Make sure to spend some extra time with the family pet. This is a great thing to work into family dinner time or your nightly relaxing time!
It’s always cute seeing pets waiting to greet their little buddies at the end of the day. However, don’t let Fido go to the bus stop alone. Even if he’s extremely well-trianed, it’s just too dangerous!
Pets are always curious about food, and are more than willing to sample ours. Many of the things that are healthy for kids are poisonous for pets. Grapes, raisins, and chocolate are three of the most concerning ones: thse are extremely toxic to pets. Other unsafe foods include things like meat on the bone, caffeinated drinks, and anything small, such as a wrapped candy or cracker package. Keep lunches away from Fido and Fluffy.
It may sound like a cliché, but dogs can and have actually eaten homework. Keep assignments and schoolworks away from your four-legged buddies!
Does your child have any pet care duties, such as helping with walks or feeding? Kids often get really busy with sports, assignments, and extracurricular activities at this time of year. Keep an eye on things, and make sure those chores don’t get overlooked.
Do you have questions about pet care? Contact us, your local Kerrville TX animal clinic, today!