Keeping Your Dog Safe

October is Animal Safety And Protection Month. That’s definitely very relevant to anyone with a dog. Our canine companions are curious, bold, playful, and adventurous, traits that can easily get them into trouble. There’s almost no end to the ways Fido can get himself into mischief! A Tampa, FL vet lists some of the things that you can do to keep your furry pal safe in this article.


Making sure that Fido obeys commands such as Sit, Stay, and Come! That training can help keep your pooch from running off or approaching dangerous areas, people, or animals.


One of the best things you can do to keep Fido safe is also the easiest: Keep him on a leash whenever he’s outside in an unfenced area. If you have a yard, make sure that you have a solid fence and a good gate. (We recommend self-latching ones.)


Remove or secure anything that isn’t safe for your fuzzy friend to eat, chew, or play with. That’s a pretty long list! Some of the common concerns are things like toxic plants, small or sharp objects, plastic bags or wraps, chemicals, medication, and anything with ropes or cords. Ask your vet for specific tips on this.


If your canine pal hasn’t been fixed, we recommend getting this done ASAP. Dogs that are intact are much more likely to run off in search of love, which increases the chance of them getting lost or hurt.

Climate Control

Our four-legged friends are just as susceptible to extreme weather as we are. Fido should be kept warm in winter and cool in summer. No matter what the weather is, he should always have a comfy shelter and fresh water.

Preventative Care

Keep up with Fido’s preventative care! Vaccines and parasite control will protect your furry buddy from dangerous diseases, such as rabies, as well as dangerous parasites, such as heartworm.


Microchipping Fido and putting tags on him could one day save his life. Make sure the information on your canine friend’s tags and microchip is current!


Many illnesses are easiest to treat if they are detected early. Fido should come in at least once a year for exams. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. As your Tampa, FL animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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