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Keeping Fido Safe Around Electricity

Keeping Fido Safe Around Electricity

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of households equaling about 85 million families, own pets in the United States. That is a lot of furry family members that need protection from the dangers of electricity. Below are some tips to keep Fido and friends safe:

Hide cables and cords:
Keep all electrical cords hidden from sight of pets. Curious little critters have a tendency to nibble on and bat at cables which makes electrical cords the number one electrical danger for pets. Playing with or chewing on cords can lead to shock, burns and, in some cases, fire. Pets can also become entangled in wires. If Fido won’t leave your electrical cords alone, consider pet-proofing them with plastic piping or rub on a deterrent such as lemon juice, hot sauce or vinegar.

Use caution with hot items:
Heat producing elements such as portable heaters, hair straighteners or curling irons must be powered off when they are not being. A cold critter could mistake these types of appliances for a warm place to curl up and nap.

Water and electricity do not mix:
Pet owners know that their furry loved ones are both curious and clumsy at times. Never leave electrical appliances such as radios or hair dryers near sinks or tubs. If Fido knocks an electric appliance into water, it could result in electric shock and even death for your furry family member.

Plug in fully:
When plugging in electrical items, make sure the plug is completely inserted. Partially exposed prongs could be touched by a wet nose or tongue, resulting in electric shock.

Protecting our precious furry friends is a priority to any pet owner, but accidents can and do happen. In the event that your furry family member has had an electric shock, immediately move them away from electrical source by using a non-conductive item such as a pillow or wooden broom handle. Once Fido is safe from the source of electricity, wrap them in a blanket and rush them to the vet.

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