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1. Make sure your dog wears a collar with your contact information at ALL times.
2. Always use a leash when walking your dog in public spaces; do not let your dog roam free in unfenced areas.
3. Bring your dog inside at the first sign of a storm or disaster situation.
4. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water.
5. Keep a dog emergency kit at home with things like first aid supplies, dog food, water, medications, medical records, and animal hospital/vet contact information.
6. Supervise your dog around other animals, especially when meeting for the first time.
7. Restrain your dog in a crate or with a harness when in the car, and don’t let them stick their head out of the window.
8. Take your dog for regular checkups at the vet at least once per year, and make sure vaccinations are kept up-to-date.
9. Do not leave antifreeze, pesticides, medications, or other poisons, chemicals, or hazardous materials within reach of your dog.
10. Hide or raise electrical wires so your dog cannot chew them.
11. Small objects are choking hazards, so don’t leave them where your dog can get them.
12. Get your dog micro-chipped.
13. Don’t leave your dog unattended in your vehicle, especially on warm days.
14. Keep your dog out of the extreme heat, and make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water when it’s hot outside.
15. Feed your dog a healthy diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise.
16. Give your dog regular flea treatments, and check them for ticks after being outside.
17. Spay or neuter your dog.
18. Use a reflective collar, leash, and coat on your dog when walking at night.
19. Watch your dog carefully when in unfamiliar places or other people’s homes.
20. Rid your home and yard of plants that are toxic to dogs, such as azaleas, sago palms, castor beans, lilies, and daffodils.
21. Learn pet first aid, such as how to perform CPR on a dog and what to do if they’re choking.
22. Don’t leave your dog at home alone in a disaster or emergency situation.
23. Plan for the worst by including your dog in your will and deciding who will take care of your dog if you’re incapacitated.
24. Never leave your dog home alone for long periods of time; put them in a kennel or have them stay at a friends’ house if you are going away.
25. Keep a premade lost dog flyer on your computer so it’s ready to use immediately if your dog escapes.
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