The betacoronavirus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV). Person-to-person spread has been reported in numerous countries, including the United States. Some popular international destinations, including the United States, also appear to have community spread.
Transmission seems to occur when there is contact with an infected person’s bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze. There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by FDA to treat COVID-19, and there is no immunization available.
For most people in the United States, the immediate risk of being exposed to SARS-CoV-2 is believed to be low, but the CDC considers the virus a very serious public health threat.
The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.
Quarantine the cat? Disinfect the dog? The latest advice about the coronavirus and your pets – From Science Mag – LINK
From their Q & A
Q: Can we pass the new coronavirus to our pets?
A: The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads from humans to humans. There is no research to support human to animal spread at this time. Samples from the Hong Kong dog had a small number of virus particles present. In an animal with no clinical signs of disease, it’s hard to say what this means. It was a single case, and we learned that we need to do a lot more research into the potential of the human SARS-CoV-19 virus to infect animals.
That said, cats and dogs are mammals too. They have many of the same types of receptors on their cells that we do. So the virus could theoretically attach to these receptors. But will it enter their cells and replicate? Probably not.
Still, people infected with SARS-CoV-19 should limit contact with their pets. Wash your hands, and don’t let them lick you on the face. If the virus is in your secretions, and there’s any potential of transmission, these are ways it could be transmitted.
Coronavirus and Pets: FAQ for Owners from University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign – LINK
From their Q&A
Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. The OIE states there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this disease or that they become sick. The CDC also seconds that opinion, stating that, “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19.”
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters – LINK – from the World Health Organization
From their Q&A
The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
The insurance premium model ties the insurance companies’ profits as a proportion of your monthly premiums. This means that the more expensive coverage is for you, the more money the insurers make.
We see the effects of this in healthcare magnified to the extreme. They have allowed every possible inefficiency to creep in, as they all lead to higher monthly costs while protecting them from blame.
We need a better system that aligns interests as a core principle.
The Solution – Eusoh Health Care
Eusoh solves this by introducing the first-of-kind, flat-fee subscription model. Eusoh’s fees are 100% not connected to its users’ monthly costs of coverage. Regardless of how high or low monthly fees are, Eusoh makes the same amount of money. Because of this, Eusoh has no incentive to drive up costs. This allows Eusoh to run a model that is simply fair.
How is Eusoh superior to traditional pet insurance?
Flat-fee subscription of $17/month
Zero incentive to increase costs
Pricing transparency of vet costs
Transparent Pricing – Know What You’ll Pay
Ever wonder how much you should be paying for something at the vet? Why don’t any of the insurers help with this BEFORE you pay?
Eusoh is the only coverage platform that offers a pricing list accessible from any screen with an internet connection. Twenty-four hours a day, Eusoh members have up-to-date pricing that reports what users on average are paying for any given veterinary service. Pricing transparency at this level drives down costs, something insurance companies do not want, as it drives down their profits, but again, Eusoh operates under a better model.
Eusoh Helps You Know Your Costs Up Front.
Unlike insurers, you’ll know the costs before you pay
Pricing list accessible from any screen without internet
Users get up-to-date pricing on average vet costs
Eusoh takes transparency to a whole other level. Members have the choice to join small community groups that contribute to one another slightly more than others. Don’t worry, every Eusoh member enjoys the full support of the entire membership at large, but members can choose to join smaller community groups that contribute slightly more to one another. Members can see how much each other is contributing or expensing. All of this works to limit fraud and abuse, which ultimately drives down their users’ costs.
Eusoh has partnered with some major partners – Willis Re, the 3rd largest reinsurance brokerage globally. Jacoby and Meyers is offering it as a benefit for their employees. Even Wags & Walks has their own community group on the Eusoh platform.
How it Works – Signing Up
For the consumer seeking a new alternative to pet insurance, signing up is simple. Users register by email or through their Facebook account. They will be required to add a pet and fill out a questionnaire regarding their pet’s overall health.
Within Eusoh, there are groups built and populated by families, workplaces, and college alumni. There are also groups based on pet breed, religious affiliation, pet affinity, and even lifestyle. Rescues are even getting into Eusoh to provide coverage for their adoptees. Wags & Walks, one of the most prominent rescues in the Los Angeles area, has registered pets to Eusoh and its group members are currently sharing expenses together.
Signing up and getting started is easy!
Register with email or Facebook account
Add your pet and fill out a short questionnaire
Join a group and you’re done
To date, members have averaged about 70% in savings against equivalent coverage with a traditional insurance plan. Yep, 70%. That’s not a typo and that number is huge! Don’t waste time. Protect your pet and your wallet and join Eusoh today.
2020 will be an amazing year for Eusoh. We want to continue our growth and our mission of protecting the things we love in an easier, more affordable, and simpler way. To help us do that, we need YOU! Here’s how you can help!
Send us a video of yourself and your furry friend telling the world what Eusoh means to you. Was it our community? Was it our customer service? How did Eusoh help you and your pet? These videos will be used for our upcoming ad campaign featuring testimonials from our community members.
How do I send a video to you?
Just record yourself on your smartphone or webcam. Send us the video or upload it to the social feed on our website. If we use your video, we’ll reward you with a special gift!
If you have any questions regarding sending a video, contact our Marketing Director, Joe Cayetano – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pets are the best friends to us humans. They probably understand human emotions than our fellow humans would. Also, pets, to a high degree, blindly trust their owners. Although, they cannot talk to us, they definitely know how to communicate with us. We have the privilege to watch our pets grow; We get to play with them, pamper them, and most of all, care for them. Our pets may seem completely fine and healthy to us from outside. However, the real question remains – are they really healthy from within?
If you are wondering how to figure out what a healthy pet looks like, here are some appropriate signs to look for:
Ears: Start with the ears and check if they are clean. Healthy ears will not have a bad odor, and they won’t show redness, and will be devoid of excessive wax.
Eyes: The next thing to check out are the eyes. Much like humans, clear and bright eyes are a good sign, this means they are well maintained. Look out for redness and watery eyes; These are signs of unhealthy vision.
Mouth: A healthy mouth may or may not have bad breath. Consult your veterinarian regarding this. But you can check out is red and swollen gums. Discolored teeth and gums also mean possible problems surfacing in the mouth. This could lead to gum disease and loss of teeth.
Coat & Skin: A healthy-looking coat will always be devoid of redness. It will not be flaky. Also, the skin won’t be excessively dry and won’t have any scabs or lumps.
Joints & Bones: You can figure this out by keeping a close watch on how your dog or cat is moving around. Healthy bones and joints will facilitate normal activities with ease. Concerns will arise if they are limping or having trouble while standing up. If they do not hesitate to walk or use the stairs then the pets have no problems with their bones or joint movement.
Weight: To check on whether the pets weigh right, look out for a slight tuck in behind the ribs or a visible “waist”. Signs of pets maintaining their weight are that their ribs can be felt easily but not seen.
Lungs & Heart: Signs of a healthy cardiovascular system include no sneezing, wheezing, labored breath, and coughing. Check if the pets are refraining from playing and exercising and if they are getting tired too easily.
Digestive System: A healthy digestive system paves the way to a normal appetite. Vomiting, diarrhea, swollen abdomen, passing gas, burping more than usual, and having trouble passing stool are signs of a malfunctioning digestive system.
Urinary System: Pets that are home-trained won’t cause accidents in the house. Check if the urine of your pet smells and looks different than usual. See if they are having trouble urinating or are completely unable to urinate. Such a case demands immediate medical attention. They could be facing life-threatening blockage.
It is time to take a pet’s health seriously, and all of this starts with you. It is your responsibility to schedule regular welfare sessions for your pets with the vet. Also, keep the vaccinations up-to-date. This helps in staying on top to prevent parasite manifestation. Make a perfectly nutritional and complete diet for the pet. Training the pets and helping them get adequate exercise works like magic for their health. Take good care of them. Help them stay strong, happy, healthy, and lively. Start today!
Do you have a new puppy or adult dog? Congratulations! Dogs are known for their undying love and loyalty, and you’re sure to have years of joy together.
However, you want to make sure you’re ready to give your furry friend the best life possible. With that in mind, there are several things you should do when you adopt a dog. Here is a checklist of eight tips to get you off to an excellent start!
Get the Supplies You Need
The first step is to make sure you have all the supplies you need before your new friend comes home. You’ll need a leash, collar, name tag, food, and bowls. You may also want a crate if you plan to crate train, along with toys and training supplies. Don’t forget puppy pads if the dog isn’t house-trained yet!
Give Your Dog a Space For Itself
When a new pet comes home, they need some time to adjust. The best way to do this is create a safe area where your dog can spend time and get comfortable. You can use a crate for this, with lots of soft blankets, or you can use a pet gate to block off a room. Either way, having space to adjust to a new home will help your dog start off on the right foot – I mean, paw!
Walk Your Dog Around the House on a Leash
As you furry family member is getting used to the new home, walk them around the house on a leash. Not only will this help with leash training if they’re not used to it, it will also help them sniff and adjust to your home. The leash will help in case they get spooked. Show the dog his or her bed, food, and toys, and help them understand what’s off-limits.
Explore the Yard on a Leash
Once the inside of the home has been fully explored, it’s time to venture out. If you have a fenced yard, you can let them off the leash to look around. Otherwise, walk them around outside your home and let them sniff trees, bushes, and other features.
Introduce the Family and Other Pets
You can introduce your family and other pets to your dog slowly by bringing them one by one into the dog’s safe area. Allow human family to pet and play with the dog to build a good relationship. Other animals may want to sniff or play as well. It’s possible some pets may not adjust to a new dog right away, but given the right strategies things can get better.
Get Your Dog to the Vet
The next step is to take care of your dog’s health. By taking your pet to a veterinarian within the first week, you can have them checked for any illnesses and make sure their vaccinations are current.
Another important step is to get pet health insurance. You never want to be in a position of not being able to afford the care your new family member needs. A company like Eusoh can offer affordable, community-based health coverage for your pet.
Adjust Pet Food Slowly
Your dog is probably used to the food they were fed at the shelter, their previous home, or the store. If you want to feed them something different, you certainly can, but you need to make the transition slowly. Start by mixing 1/3 new food with 2/3 of the original food. Increase the ratio until your dog is eating only the new food. This will help minimize behavioral issues or digestive issues that can come from changing food too fast.
Start Training & Enjoying Your Dog!
The final tip is to start training your dog and enjoying time together. Depending on how well-trained the dog is when you get them, you can start with behavioral training or even agility or trick training. Regardless, the idea is to have a great time with your new pet.
A new dog is a lot of responsibility, but it is an investment that will more than pay of in love, loyalty, and support from your new friend. When you have the supplies you need and give the dog a safe space when they come home, they’ll feel comfortable. As you show them around the house and yard and introduce them to new people, you’ll start to see their real personality.
A dog is an incredible companion, and it’s vital to take care of their health. Let Eusoh help you afford the medical care your dog may need, today and in the future.
I want to start out with two statements that I’m sure will shock you:
Healthcare costs are out of control. The system is broken.
93% of people surveyed do not fully trust insurance companies.
We live in a strange time when, quite often, it’s more cost-effective to pay cash for healthcare services rather than run them through insurance. Trouble is, you don’t know which is the better deal until after you’ve had to make the decision.
The incentives that drive insurance companies are grossly misaligned with the best interest of their customers.
Insurance companies spend massive amounts of money to collect and hold massive amounts of money to pay for something that might never happen. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a system that only paid for things that actually did happen?
Let’s take a quick look at how the Eusoh platform works.
A group of 20 people have individual contracts with each other to share an uncertain future expense. That’s 380 contracts in all.
The monthly platform fee is $10.
By contract, each member of the group maintains a deposit account of $40. There are stop-losses built into the system that guarantees that their monthly cost will never exceed $40.
In November; Jane submits $50 of expenses, John submits $25 and the remaining members submit -0-.
Each member contributes $3.75 for the losses. Distributions are made to Jane and John for their losses. The monthly fee is deducted, and drafts are made from member bank accounts or credit cards to replenish their deposit accounts to the determined level.
Now, expand the concept to 10,000 people. All have individual contracts to share some future uncertain cost. Nothing wrong with that except you’re dealing with millions of contracts and massive transfers and reconciliations of relatively small amounts of funds. It’s only recently that technology has evolved to the point of handling a challenge like this and Eusoh has harnessed that technology.
The resultant technology creates significant savings, transparency and aligned incentives. If you’ve heard of Eusoh, you see Pet care is likely what you’re aware of. As we studied the concept, we realized that the Eusoh model could be applied to an unlimited number of what the insurance industry refers to as “short-term risks.” Rather than tackle human healthcare head-on, we decided to beta another segment.
We wanted something that mirrored human health but flew under the radar. Nobody is going to get real upset if we disrupt the pet insurance industry.
Pet care serves as a proof of concept.
There’s room for market penetration. Only 2% of US pet owners have insurance vs. 30-40% in some European countries.
We found that there’s potential to make good money in the pet sector while we’re gearing up for the big game of human healthcare.
I want to spend a little time telling you how we’ve spent our capital to date:
The idea is worthless if it’s not legal, so we engaged a top law firm and worked with insurance regulators across the country to develop a white paper to prove that Eusoh meets regulatory requirements. A congressman, whose name you would recognize, heard about Eusoh and invited us to Washington because he wanted to learn more about it. He was very knowledgeable about healthcare and asked all the right questions. Evidently, we had all the right answers because, at the end of our meeting he said, “I’m in. You’ve covered all the regulatory issues. This is something that I can support.”
Next, we built the product:
We have an end-to-end platform that handles the payments, pricing and money transfers on an on-going basis.
Perhaps more important, we have armed our members with a comprehensive price list of services. I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that It was through the Eusoh platform that I learned I was paying 4X’s more than I should for my dog’s monthly heart guard medication.
We have mitigated the legal risks
And removed many of the administrative layers of traditional insurance.
It has been an interesting trip.
Actuarial studies by two of the largest reinsurance companies in the world indicate that our model will save the average healthcare consumer >50% a year on insurance premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs.
We have been live in the pet care segment for over a year. Our real results indicate that our members are saving 80% vs. traditional pet insurance.
We have an LOI with a large online provider of pet products that wants to use the Eusoh platform on a white-label basis to market their own pet care products. The launch is set for the 1st quarter of 2020.
We have an RFP from a national manager of multi-family properties for 400,000 units.
The trip to DC was surreal.
Unlike insurance, most of Eusoh’s costs are fixed. That means that once we hit scale, additional revenue will carry a gross margin of 80%.
That’s Eusoh: Innovative, Disruptive, a better way.
While you and your furry companion are enjoying an incredible Thanksgiving meal together, we put together a list of the best gifts for your pet this Holiday season. Our friends and partners in the pet industry are offering amazing deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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When you adopt a cat, you’re giving him/her a new life. There are many things you should consider before introducing new changes to their lifestyle so it doesn’t cause any psychological damage. Think about the ambiance they used to be in, whether they lived alone or with other cats, did they get enough food and water, and so on.
Being a new cat adopter can be intimidating, but when given proper attention, it’s a blissful experience. Here are some things every new cat adopter should do and remember:
Visit the Vet
As soon as you adopt your cat, take it to the veterinarian to see if their physical health is good and if there are any immunizations they might need. Regular checkups greatly help adopted cats regardless of their life before adoption. Make sure to carry the adoption medical papers with you. Also keep your vet’s work and after-work hour’s contact number nearby in case you need them for an emergency.
Make the Environment Safe
Make your home a safe environment for your new cat. Don’t keep any plants that could be harmful for them, and always store away toxic medicines and cleaning supplies. Keep the toilet lid closed and make sure all the cords are out of their way. The window screen should be locked up and any breakable items should be way of their reach.
Once you get pet insurance, you can not only choose your own vet, but also be assured of the health of your adopted cat. It gives you a certain peace of mind and also prevents you from having to reach for your emergency funds in case your cat needs some serious medical care. One of the positives is that you can formulate a budget to dedicate to the healthcare costs of your beloved new cat.
Build a Separate Space
Adopted pets can take some time to open up. So, during those first few days, let your cat take his/her time to understand that you only mean to take care of them. Once they trust you enough, build a separate corner for them in the house. This is a space they can come to when they want to eat, sleep, or get some rest. Cats often like to be on their own, so, a separate space serves great for them.
Help Them Make New Friends
Give your pets time with making new friends. Try to introduce them to the pets and animals around. If your cat is comfortable and mixes up with them soon, that’s obviously ideal; but even if they’re reluctant, let them take their own time to make new fellow animal friends.
Bringing home a new cat is a matter of great responsibility, especially if it’s an adopted cat. The environment they came from previously could be severely torturous and abusive. Therefore, they need to know that their new home is warm and loving.
Make your home as stress-free an ambiance for them as possible. Whatever you do, remember to keep their health in check and see to it that the transition from their past life to the new one is smooth and organic.
Eusoh is updating the traditional insurance model – and we think traditional pet foods could use some updating, too. When Pet Plate founder Renaldo Webb was looking for an alternative to low-quality, processed dry foods for his pup Winston, he ended up starting his own dog food company!
Pet Plate is a subscription service that delivers fresh-cooked, human-grade dog food right to your door. Their meals are made with 100% real ingredients, like fresh protein, veggies and fruits – the kind of ingredients you might buy for your family. All of the meals are cooked in a USDA kitchen and are held to the same standards as human food.
Wondering why pet parents are turning to fresh food? Here’s the scoop:
More energy Traditional kibble often contains a ton of processed ingredients, which can be tough for your pup to digest. Real, fresh ingredients are more digestible. That means your pupper will absorb more nutrients from their food – so they’ll have more energy for playtime!
Health benefits A diet composed of real ingredients can have big health benefits for your dog. Since fresh food is easier to digest, it can be a great choice for pups with digestive issues or sensitive stomachs. Pet parents have also reported easier weight management as well as a decrease in allergies, a shinier coat and even firmer poops once they made the switch!
Tastes great If you’re struggling to get your picky pup to eat, switching to fresh food (or adding some fresh food to their usual meals) can help bring excitement back to mealtime! If you’re sold on fresh food, and are looking for an easy, convenient option – Pet Plate can help! They deliver 100% human-grade meals straight to your door in pre-portioned, resealable, microwavable containers. Your pup’s meal plan is personalized, so every meal is perfectly portioned. Plus, Pet Plate works with an in-house veterinary nutritionist to make sure their recipes are complete and balanced by including a custom supplement blend in every meal.
Great news! We’ve been recognized by the Digital Insurer, world’s largest dedicated knowledgebase on digital insurance, as a finalist for their 2019 Startup Insuretech Award. The award will be handed out as part of their Global Livefest 2019 festival.
The November event, will recognize the excellent achievements and digital and technological innovations in the entire insurance industry. Eusoh is proud to be one of those companies to be recognized.
Take a look at the Digital Insurer’s website for the event.
You’ll see that Eusoh is on the shortlist of the many startups making waves in the insurance industry. LIVEFEST 2019 is an opportunity to share knowledge and learn more about the digitization of the insurance industry.
Fact: Less than 2% of pets in North America are insured.
Fact: 93% of Americans do not trust insurance companies.
Eusoh, a startup based out of Los Angeles, CA, provides the first fully-functional alternative to insurance. Founded by a former surgeon, Allen Kamrava, Eusoh (pronounced “you-so”) offers people an option that simply wasn’t available before. It’s a platform that protects people without taking advantage of them.
Eusoh is a community-based health coverage plan for pets. Community is at the heart of Eusoh, where members commit to help one another when their pets have unexpected health needs. Eusoh is not insurance nor a provider, but a platform that allows members to share expenses together safely and securely.
Since its launch, Eusoh members have saved 80% compared to traditional pet insurance. So what’s the secret? It’s an innovative subscription model. Eusoh members pay a flat subscription fee ($17/mo.) plus a portion of shareable expenses. The flat subscription fee covers the use of the platform. The monthly shareable expenses, (which will never exceed $48/month), will vary depending on how many expenses are submitted by the group that month.
In the traditional insurance model, insurance company profits are tied to premiums, and, ironically, to claims. Increases in claims are simply passed on to consumers as increases in premiums. The profits of these multi-billion companies rise concurrently. It is not in the best interest of this industry to lower monthly costs for the consumer. Eusoh is unique in that it does not take a percentage of members’ contributions; therefore, there is no incentive to drive up costs.
Eusoh compares favorably to traditional insurance in the model and in pricing. The platform protects the consumer in the form of transparent pricing. Eusoh built the first-ever searchable database of procedure pricing. This database allows members to see what other members are paying (along with what they should be paying) for services across the country. As expenses for services are submitted, Eusoh updates its database in real-time to reflect these changes.
Allen Kamrava says about Eusoh transparency, “Markets operate effectively when information is equally and fully accessible by EVERYONE, not just a select few. Eusoh’s foundation is providing full information transparency to our users. In doing so, our members are fully-armed with knowledge so they can’t be ripped off and that drives costs down for all of our members.”
For the consumer seeking a new alternative to pet insurance, signing up is simple. Users register by email or through their Facebook account. They will be required to add a pet and fill out a questionnaire regarding their pet’s overall condition. Last, they will be given the option to join a number of diverse cost-sharing groups.
Within Eusoh, there are groups built and populated by families, workplaces, and college alumni. There are also groups based on pet breed, religious affiliation, pet affinity, and even lifestyle. Rescues are even getting into Eusoh to provide coverage for their adoptees. Wags & Walks, one of the most prominent rescues in the Los Angeles area, have registered pets to Eusoh and its group members are currently sharing expenses together.
“The most common thing we hear from people is, ‘Wow! We wanted something like this but is it working?” says Kamrava, “Well yeah, it not only works, but it has also done beautifully over the last year, and the savings have been outstanding. We couldn’t ask for better validation than our pilot program showed in our launch year.”
Eusoh (https://eusoh.com) is a new way of paying expenses. It’s innovative. It’s different. Most of all, it’s something you must have just in case something happens to your pet.
According to the National Pet Owners Survey (2017-18), 68% of American households own a pet, which represents a continued annual increase since the survey began in 1988. This represents 85 million families in the United States that have pets.
The most commonly owned pet is a dog, in over 60 million households, followed by a cat, which is the pet of choice for 47.1 million families. Some distance behind is freshwater fish at 12.5 million, then birds at 7.9 million.
Knowing how to keep your pet safe is a crucial part of being a pet owner. With a few small adjustments to your home, you can make sure your pet is safe. After all, it’s your pet’s home too – and home is where you should feel loved, welcome, and secure.
GENERAL SAFETY PREPARATIONS
Making your home safe for your pet is dependent on what type of pet you have; the advice for dogs is different than the advice for cats, and so on. As a general rule, you should make sure that pets are able to exercise freely and have adequate food and water.
If your pet is confined (such as in a bowl or a cage) make sure that the space is large enough for them. If you take your pet out of its space to exercise, you should ensure that the space you exercise them in is safe and free from hazards.
In general, if you are unsure about the best ways to keep your pet safe, you should consult a veterinarian or other specialist. It is your duty to ensure the safety of your pets and failing to do so may have legal consequences, let alone for the health of your pet.
You should also factor your pet into your family’s safety planning. For example, if you live in an earthquake zone, you should develop a plan to keep your pet safe during an earthquake. Think about how you would evacuate your pet in the case of a fire (if the pet lives in the home).
Part of this involves adding supplies for your pet in your natural disaster preparedness kit. Taking advanced steps like this can significantly improve the chances of your pet’s safety in almost every situation.
According to a study by PetMD, 80% of pet owners reported allowing a pet to share their bed. This in itself is absolutely safe, although you will need to take additional steps in order to make sure that the night passes without a hitch.
Because pets won’t always be asleep for the full eight hours, you need to make sure that the room itself is safe. The most common bedroom hazards for a pet are:
1 ELECTRICAL CORDS
People often have their phone plugged in to charge at night, as well as items like lamps, clocks, and other electronic devices.
This means that there are usually a lot of electrical cords in the bedroom that can be intriguing to pets. This can be extremely dangerous as it presents a risk of electrocution or having the pet pull a heavy object (such as a lamp) onto themselves.
Wherever possible, all cords should be out of the reach of pets.
If this isn’t possible, you should use a deterrent spray on your cords to make them less appetizing for a pet to chew on.
Another options is to use a cord protector or organizer to keep your cords together and provide an extra layer of protection from your pet.
2 LARGE FURNITURE
Large furniture can be a hazard in multiple different ways for pets. The bed itself can be a problem for smaller pets, who may decide to jump off in the night and injure themselves.
To address this, think about placing a smaller piece of furniture at the end of your bed, to help a pet climb up and down.
In general, you should assume that a pet will try and climb every piece of furniture, so make sure that large, heavy objects are secured as a pet may knock those off.
If your pet is loose in your room at night, there is a danger that they will choke on items because you are not there to supervise what they put in their mouth.
If you have jewelry, batteries, or other small objects, you should be careful to place them in a secure location so that they don’t look like a tempting late-night snack for a pet.
If any of the above is too difficult, you should rethink your decision to have your pet in your room at night. Most pets can live without sharing a bed with their owner and while it can be nice to have a dog or a cat curled up at the end of your bed, if it compromises their safety you should put them to bed in another part of your home where you know they are safe.
Kitchens can be confusing places for pets. The room is full of interesting smells, yet not everything in there is edible and some of it can be very dangerous. If you feed your pet leftovers or scraps from the table, then they can begin to associate items in the kitchen with food, causing further problems.
1 TRASH CAN
Pets are often attracted by the garbage, which often contains food scraps. You should get a pet safe garbage can to ensure that the lid remains closed.
You can also look to keep your garbage can under the sink or in a cabinet that your pet cannot access.
Furthermore, make an effort to change your garbage bag regularly to prevent your pet from being too tempted by the smells.
2 CLEANING PRODUCTS
If you keep cleaning products (such as bleach) in the kitchen, these should remain well out of reach of pets.
If you think your pet may be able to open a cabinet door, place a safety lock on the cabinet (the type used to keep children out work well).
3 SAFE FOODS
In addition, there is always the temptation to throw your pet some of the food you are cooking for your family, particularly if they have been patiently watching you cook.
However, humans and pets have different tolerances for food, and so you shouldn’t assume that what’s safe for humans is safe for pets.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an exhaustive list of human food that is not safe for animal consumption.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON FOODS ARE:
Uncooked meat or eggs
Remember, your pet won’t know what’s safe or not, so you should always err on the side of caution. If in doubt, look it up online or speak to a professional. If you still aren’t sure, don’t feed it to your pet; they may whine in the short-term, but it’s for their long-term safety.
Pets often don’t use the bathroom, so it’s not always the first place you’d think of securing to make it safe for a pet.
However, because this is where you keep your medicines and other potentially harmful chemicals, you should give as much attempt to keep a pet safe here as you would any other part of your home.
Some pets enjoy drinking from the toilet, yet this can be harmful because of the cleaning products you use, which may leave a residue even after multiple flushes. Instead, keep the lid down and secure to remove this temptation.
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, medications are in the top 10 of pet poisoning cases. The most dangerous medications for pets are the following (although all are dangerous to some degree):
Anti-inflammatory drugs like AdvilThese cause major health problems to pets because they damage the kidneys and stomach.
AntidepressantsThese cause major neurological damage to pets as a result of the relative size and dosage.
Acetaminophen drugs like Tylenoleven one tablet can be fatal to a pet, causing liver failure.
ADHD drugsThese often contain amphetamines, which cause heart and neurological problems in pets.
All medication should, therefore, be kept out of reach of pets, ideally behind a locked cabinet (again, a child-proof lock will work well). If your pet does ingest any medication designed for humans, you should take them to a vet immediately.
THE REST OF THE HOUSE
The following additional areas around the house can be dangerous to pets:
A dryer may present a tempting space for an animal to curl up in. This can be dangerous if you then run the dryer.
You should keep your dryer door closed when not in use. In addition, you should make sure that all larger appliances are secured so that they are not likely to fall on a pet.
Although house plants look nice and bring an extra outdoor element into a home, they can be poisonous to pets. Even common items like Poinsettias can be poisonous to dogs (and most pets will, to some degree, be tempted to chew on a house plant).
Some plants such as Ivy are only moderately toxic to humans but are extremely toxic to both dogs and cats. If you buy a houseplant, check online to see its level of toxicity to your specific pets.
In general, you should also try and keep plants out of the reach of pets, who may also knock over heavy plant pots and cause additional problems.
Even pets that don’t roam freely outdoors may get to spend some time in the yard, so you shouldn’t exclude this area from your safety plans.
The first step to take is to make sure that your pet can’t go any further than you want them to.
This means reinforcing your fence or using a leash to keep the pet within a predefined area. Some pets (including cats) can easily climb fences, so don’t assume that a high fence will stop them.
You should also not take your pet outside if the temperature is extreme. Some creatures are highly susceptible to heat and cold, and this may be dangerous.
If you are grilling or cooking on a fire pit, make sure your pet can’t get into the fire, particularly because the smell of the food may attract them in the first place.
As with bringing plants indoors, some plants in your yard may be poisonous to your pet. Check the Humane Society’s website for a list of plants that you should be wary of. As a general rule, it’s best to supervise your pet when in the garden, particularly if they seldom venture out.
If you keep chemicals in your basement, make sure that these are secured away from your pet. As with medications and cleaning fluids, all pesticides and other chemicals should be well out of reach of your pet.
Basements are also where the HVAC system and water heater are located. If a pet starts chewing on or scratching up parts of these systems, it could be dangerous to them as well as problematic for the whole household.
Basement stairs tend to be narrow and steep, which can be difficult for a puppy or kitten that are just finding their footing to safely navigate.
This also applies to small pets that simply cannot scale the steps without slipping and falling down the stairs. Make sure you are there to monitor or carry your pet up and down the stairs, if necessary.
If this is the case, it also could be a good idea to put a lock or barrier in front of the basement door so your pet can’t get down there without you and get themselves into dangerous situations.
Ultimately, it is not complex to make your home safer for your pet. Doing a quick tour of your home and removing the most common hazards will get rid of the major dangers.
Furthermore, most of the safety tips outlined above are relatively common sense. Taking a few minutes to clear away dangerous items, secure cabinets, will make your pet safer and give you peace of mind.
Although pets are experts at finding their way into tricky (and often hilarious) scenarios, it’s your job as an owner to make sure that your pets are free to explore without putting themselves in danger.
Making sure your pet is safe is not hard work and will ensure that you and your pet spend the best possible chances of enjoying many happy years together.