KCAC Holiday Pet-Safety Tip #3: Keep Meds Out of Reach

KCAC Holiday Pet-Safety Tip #3: Keep Meds Out of Reach

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  • Editor’s Note: Christmas and New Year’s and all the days in between can be a stressful time for our furry friends, especially if most of the festivities are at your home. So Kane County Animal Control is offering this countdown of eight safety tips to make your pet’s holiday season merry and bright. We’ll add one tip every day — kind of like an advent calendar for pet safety. If you’d like to see all the tips at the same time, visit the Kane County Animal Control website: www.kanecountypets.com.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, prescription meds top the list of harmful pet toxins, pretty much year in and year out.

Back in 2011, the APCC received close to 25,000 calls regarding pets ingesting prescription human medication. Dogs are especially notorious for ingesting dropped pills, and heart medication made up a large percentage of the calls.

So, what does that mean for Kane County residents — especially those entertaining guests or having relatives come for holiday visits? KCAC recommends …

Tip #3: Keep Meds Safely Out of Reach

Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

Tip #2: Get Animal-Loving Guests Involved

If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or combing/petting session.

Tip #1: Give Your Pet a Quiet Place for the Holidays

Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to — complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the celebrations. A soft playing radio will also help to minimize the noise coming from your guests.

SOURCES: Kane County Animal Control / ASPCA website

Help a Pet During the Holiday Season

During the holiday season, Kane County Animal Control is asking residents to consider giving a gift to a needy animal this holiday season. For more on the “Season of Giving” campaign, check out this article on Kane County Connects, visit the KCAC website or Facebook page, or the KCAC holiday wish list on Amazon.com.

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About Kane County Animal Control

Kane County Animal Control oversees rabies registration, protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement. KCAC is responsible for the enforcement of the County Animal Control Ordinance. Together with local law enforcement and city animal controls, KCAC ensures the humane treatment of animals in Kane County. Depending on where you live in Kane County, you may be served by your local animal control facility, your police department, a state-level agency, or KCAC. For more information, visit the KCAC website and Facebook page.