Safety tips for bringing pets to the cottage
There’s something satisfying about seeing your pet commune with nature. But as much as we want our pets to be free to explore their new environment, safety is still the most important concern. The great outdoors is home to lots of different wildlife, crawling critters and elements that your pet needs to be protected from.
Help keep your best friend safe this summer with these six tips for the cottage:
Not a time to let loose. Your pet may have excellent recall at home, but at the cottage an unleashed pet can easily wander off and become lost, have a dangerous run-in with a wild animal, or get struck by a car. Invest in a long line to give your pet freedom during walks or anchor their leash with a tie out.
Be reachable at the cottage. Make sure your pet is wearing identification with your cottage phone number and address. For pets that are microchipped, contact the provider and let them know your weekend address and phone number. You should also have the number of the local animal control facility and animal shelters around your cottage.
Boat safety. Even the strongest of swimmers need a life jacket when going out on the water. A life jacket will keep your pet safe in case the water is too cold or rough, and should your pet accidentally go overboard, a life jacket will make it easier to pull your pet back on board.
Swimming safety. Remember to remove chain training collars or slip collars from your dog before swimming to prevent it from snagging on debris in the water. Water conditions such as cold temperatures or strong winds can also make your dog tire more quickly. Always keep a careful watch of your dog and in case of a stronger current, keep your dog on a long line so they stay close to shore.
Keep wildlife and pets separated. For the safety of your pet and local wildlife,you should never let your pet chase or injure wild animals. Keep your pet on a leash or indoors at all times.
Cottage critters. Being in a cottage environment means higher exposure to fleas, ticks, and parasites. Your pet should be up-to-date on all his or her vaccines before going to the cottage. Also, ask your vet about flea and tick medications for out-of-area travel.
For more cottage safety tips, visit our fact sheet.
Hats off to you
To all kind-hearted and hard-working people at SPCA: hats off to you. I love animals and admire the work you do.