If you own pets, then you need to take steps to look after them. Unfortunately, a lot of pet owners are ignorant of the fact that without proper care, their pets can seriously injure themselves. Most people just leave their pets to their own devices. Because of this, many pets suffer completely avoidable injuries.
Protecting your pet is your duty. Animals cannot protect themselves, at least not against household dangers or people.
This post will tell you about seven ‘barriers’ (or protective measures) that you can use to keep your pets safe.
One ‘barrier’ to consider investing in is an invisible fence. According to the folks from this link, you can set an invisible fence up in your garden, put a collar on your dog, and if they leave the boundaries of the fence, then their collar shocks them. An invisible fence is a fantastic way to open up your backyard without risking your dog escaping. Before purchasing one, do your research and find a vendor selling high-quality equipment. Also, ensure that the shock your dog receives is minimal.
Sometimes, pets sneak out of people’s houses. When this happens, it can cause a lot of anxiety. After all, how are you supposed to know where your pet has gone? You can’t just call them up and ask them to come home, can you? There is one solution, however, and it is to invest in a GPS collar. If your pet ever manages to get out without your permission, then you can track them in real-time from an app on your phone. Also, it is worth getting your pet chipped. In some countries, chipping is mandatory. Not chipping your pet could actually lead to you receiving fines and penalties. A ‘chip’ is a device that’s inserted surgically into your pet’s neck. Then, if they are ever found by somebody else and taken to a vet, your details will come up when the chip is scanned.
If you want a literal barrier, then a stair gate is a worthy investment. Most people use these gates to isolate their pets in specific rooms. Usually, they are used for dogs. Cats are too nimble and flexible for stair gates to prevent them from leaving rooms. If your dog has a tendency to try and get out of the house whenever the front door’s opened, then you can use stair gates to keep them in the kitchen or in another room while the door’s open. Doing so will prevent them from being able to escape. A GPS collar would help you to find them if they did escape.
Pet insurance is one of this list’s most important things. No matter what protective measures and barriers you introduce, there is always still a chance that your pet will injure themselves or they will develop some kind of disease or illness. Pet insurance won’t prevent anything from developing, but it will help you to treat your pet’s problems when they do arise. The best thing about pet insurance is that there are so many different providers offering policies that you are bound to find one that suits you if you shop around.
Some dogs are more uncontrollable than others. If yours has a tendency to run away whenever they are let off of the leash, then an extendable leash is worth investing in. Having one can ensure that your dog still gets to exercise without having to let them off of the leash. An extendable leash should be used carefully, though. If your dog picks up too much speed running while you are holding onto them, they will pull you over. A lot of people find that going jogging with their dog on an extendable leash is a good way to exercise them and to exercise themselves.
An ID collar is a fantastic investment. Most people get them for their cats and dogs, but you can get them for other types of pets too. Bear in mind that if you intend on getting an ID collar, it needs to fit around your pet’s neck comfortably. Also, it should not be too heavy. Some people make the mistake of investing in ID collars that are way too heavy for their pets’ necks. A heavy collar will cause them pain. ID collars ensure that if your pet ever escapes and is found by somebody, they know who to get in touch with. They are especially important if you won’t be chipping your pet.
Finally, if your dog has a tendency to get a little overexcited, a protective measure to consider for other people and their pets is a muzzle. A muzzle will prevent your dog from injuring others. If your dog were to theoretically injure somebody or their pet, then they could end up being forcibly put down by the police. Having a muzzle protects them, other people, and you. A muzzle is only really necessary if your dog has a temper or, as already mentioned, gets overexcited and licks and bites strangers.
Your pet’s safety isn’t something you should compromise on. You need to invest in the highest quality gear that you can find. This post has covered some of the essential pieces of equipment, but there are many others you also need to consider.