Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Responsible owners think about the health and safety of their dogs. Make sure you can check all of the boxes on this list:

  • Consider microchipping your pet: and HomeAgain are offering Stray From The Heart adopters a discounted registration fee of $10.99 for the first year. This includes LIFETIME microchip registration and the ability to update contact information at no cost.  Please ensure that, while finalizing the adoption, your pet adopters enroll every microchipped pet. This is critical to getting lost pets back home to their families. Each time you have an adopter register a microchip for their pet at the time of adoption using your PetFinder Shelter ID either: go online to and provide your PetFinder Shelter ID (NY245) to sign in and then select For Parents tab OR by calling 1-866-802-5650 toll free, give the HomeAgain representative your PetFinder Shelter ID (NY245)
  • Consider a top rated pet insurance
  • Consider natural pet products
  • Choose a great veterinarian
  • Stay up-to-date on ALL shots and heart worm prevention
  • Get your pets spayed and neutered
  • Keep your dog on a leash when taking walks
  • Never leave your dog unsupervised in a backyard or car
  • Have your dog licensed and make sure he or she wears ID tags 24/7
  • Keep up-to-date photos ready for emergencies

Basic Procedures for Pet First Aid – No matter how careful you are…accidents do happen. Emergency treatment and first aid should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care – but it can save your pet’s life. This article discusses things you should do for poisoning and exposure to toxins, seizures, fractures, bleeding, choking, heatstroke and more.

Ear Mites – Ear mites are a common parasitic infection usually spread from pet to pet contact. Dogs that have mites will typically scratch their ears excessively and shake their heads. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to get the proper medication.

Flea & Tick Prevention – Talk with your veterinarian to determine the safest and most effective over-the-counter treatment for your pet, especially if he or she is very young, old, pregnant, nursing or on any medications. If you are going to be spending time in a wooded or grassy area, fashion cover-up clothing for your dog to prevent ticks from latching on. For example, old socks can be cut to make “leg warmers.”

Insect Stings – If the stinger is visible, remove it by scraping it with a dull knife or credit card. Do not use tweezers as this can force more venom into the wound. If your dog shows signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face or neck, agitation, drooling, vomiting or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.

Obesity – Did you know that nearly 53 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention? This blog post discusses both the causes and consequences of obesity and what you can do about it.

Emergency Preparedness – Do you have a plan in place for when a disaster strikes? Sadly, many pets are left behind. You should have a back-up plan and know in advance if your local shelter will allow you to bring your pet. Never leave your dog to fend for himself.

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