Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe.

  1. Whenever you are out with your dog, keep it on a secure lead. This will prevent accidents, like the dog running on the road and getting hit by a car, attacks from other dogs, snake bites, escape and getting lost and fines from the ranger!
  2. Keep your pets well confined, make sure your fences are safe and the gates are closed. Keep cats in enclosed runs if they are allowed outside.
  3. Keep chocolate out of reach of pets. Dogs like the taste of chocolate and it is potentially very toxic.
  4. Keep your medicines out of reach of pets, they may like the taste of these too and many human medications are very toxic to animals, especially in large doses.
  5. Rubbish needs to be inaccessible, eating garbage can be like eating poison in some instances. Also cooked bones, meat skewers, meat wrapping, corn cobs and fruit stones in the garbage are very attractive to most pets and all potentially very dangerous if eaten.
  6. Pesticides like snail bait and rat poisons need to be kept well away, they often taste great to pets and are potentially fatal when eaten.
  7. Fertilisers are dangerous if eaten and often smell and taste good to pets.
  8. Heat. Because pets don’t sweat like humans, it is easier for them to get overheated on a hot day. Be aware and let your pet have access to cool places or air conditioning on a hot day.
  9. Paralysis ticks thrive in the climate of Jeris Bay and their natural host is the bandicoot. You should have your pet dog and cat on tick preventatives all year round.
  10. 1080 fox bait poisons are sometimes used in the Forest and National Parks in our area, be aware and do not let your dog in these areas, these poisons are rapidly fatal if eaten.
  11. There are some hazards on the beach that dogs may be attracted to, like fish hooks, puffer fish and sea hares. Keep you dog on a lead and be aware of what is around.
  12. Parvovirus is a potentially fatal gastrointestinal virus which affects dogs. It is a virus that survives well in the soil and can be activated by factors including recent rainfall and long and dry periods. Vaccinations are very effective and the only way to prevent this disease.