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Jefferson County,
Est. 1818
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Safety Guidelines for Your Pet

  • Make sure your pets have access to clean water at all times.

  • Make sure outside pets have access to shade at all times during the day.  Also, be aware of extremely cold conditions that may endanger the health or life of your pet.  

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Temperature in a parked car can rise to over 100 degrees within minutes.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise with your pet on extremely hot days and refrain from physical activity when the sun's heat is most intense.

  • If your pet is overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately immerse or spray him or her with cool running water and continue until the body temperature lowers, give your pet plenty of water to drink and consult your veterinarian to determine if additional treatment is needed. 

  • Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (mosquito transmitted) and begin using a prevention maintenance medication.

  • To learn more on taking better care of your pet, contact your local American Red Cross for pet first aid classes. 

Poison Prevention

  • Beware of common household plants that can be poisonous to pets. They include azalea, oleander, castor bean, sago palm, yew and, in the case of cats, Easter lily.

  • Never allow pets access to cleaning agents, pesticides, automotive products, prescription drugs and over the counter medications.

  • Never give your pets medication unless directed to do so by a veterinarian.

  • Keep pets away from mothballs, potpourri oil, home-made play dough, fabric softener sheets, dish washing detergent and batteries.

  • Know that certain food items can be dangerous. They include onions, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, yeast dough, coffee, tea, salt, macadamian nuts, tomato leaves and stems, rhubarb, avocado (toxic to birds, mice, rabbits, horses, cattle and dairy goats), cigarettes and moldy or spoiled foods.

  • Never use products meant for dogs on a cat and never use products meant for a cat on a dog.

  • Consult a veterinarian before buying a flea-treatment or preventive product, especially when treating sick, debilitated or pregnant pets.

  • Read and follow all label instructions before using a product on your pet.

  • If you are uncertain about the proper use of any product, contact the manufacturer or your veterinarian.