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Jefferson County,
Est. 1818
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Safety Guidelines for Your Pet

Keeping Your Pet Safe

  • When walking your dog outside, always keep your dog on a non-retractable leash no longer than six feet in length. This allows you to keep control of your dog , despite any other roaming animals or people.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. In warmer months the temperature in a vehicle can rise to over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes.
  • Avoid walking your pet on asphalt when temperatures are eighty degrees Fahrenheit or above. This can cause severe scalding to your pet’s pads and is very painful.
  • If your pet is overcome with heat exhaustion spray them with cool water and monitor their body temperature. You may also put rubbing alcohol on their pads, as this helps lower their body temperature.
  • Be sure your pet is given a monthly dewormer and heartworm prevention tablet. Please consult your veterinarian for more information.


Poison Prevention 

  • Beware of common household plants that are poisonous to pets. These include: azalea, oleander, castor bean, sago palm, yew, and Easter lily.
  • Never leave household cleaners or chemicals within reach or your pet. Ensure that your pet is not able to get into any cabinets or storage areas.
  • Do not give your pet any medication unless it is prescribed by a veterinarian.