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7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe

October 1, 2019
October is Animal Safety And Protection Month! If we know one thing about our canine patients, it’s that they have a knack of getting into mischief. Here, a Des Moines, IA vet lists some simple ways to keep Fido safe and sound.


First things first. Make sure Fido knows key commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. The Drop It command is also useful, especially if your pup tends to pick up random—and potentially dangerous—objects.

Good Fencing

Fido certainly loves having a yard to patrol and chase squirrels around in. He also loves discovering ways to get out and go on adventures! Make sure that your fencing is secure, and that your pooch can’t go over or under it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! Protect Fido from dangerous parasites and diseases by keeping up with his wellness care.


Take a good look at your home, and put anything that could be dangerous out of paw’s reach. Toxic plants are one concern. Some plants, such as Sago palms, are highly poisonous to dogs! You’ll also want to remove or secure small or sharp objects; medicine; chemicals; wires and cords; personal items, such as phones; and plastic bags and wrappers.

Proper Food

Fido has a pretty strong appetite. In fact, Man’s Best Friend will eat pretty much everything and everything within reach. Take time to learn what is and isn’t safe for your pet. Some of the most dangerous foods include grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruit, especially avocado; chocolate; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; nuts; garlic; onions; and anything containing xylitol.


While good fencing is very important, it won’t guarantee that Fido will never escape. Make sure your canine friend is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags, just in case.


Even the most well-behaved pup can bolt if something frightens him. Fido has also been known to take off after cats or squirrels. Play it safe, and keep your canine buddy leashed whenever you take him off your property. It’s also important to choose the right kind of leash. Retractable leashes are good for open spaces, but they can be dangerous near traffic or around other animals. Please contact us, your Des Moines, IA vet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!

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