Things You Do that Put Your Pup in Danger

If you are a dog owner, have you ever been scared of the idea of losing your innocent little pup? Put an end to such thoughts by avoiding things that might put your pup in danger.

Scroll down to learn some unintentional things we do that might be putting our pups at risk:

Walking your dog without a leash

You might think your dog is trained enough to be walking without a leash. Well, think again. Even the best-trained dogs can be victims of the potential dangers of walking without a leash.

Walking your dog without a leash is risky. It is similar to leaving your child alone without you holding their hand. Something out of the blue can happen without you even noticing that it may harm your dog because you have little control over your dog without a leash.

Your pup might risk his life by walking on a road filled with traffic, or chew on something such as trash on the ground or another dog’s waste that could lead to him choking.

Car Rides

We all know how much pups enjoy car rides! With his head sticking out of the window and observing the cars that go by, car rides are a treat for you too. But, you may not realize this that you are putting your dog in danger.

He may get excited enough to jump out of the window. Hence, it is important to ensure the car window doesn’t come down as it will give your dog an opportunity to jump out.

If you want to avoid putting your dog at risk, seat belts are a must! If an accident occurs due to unforeseen circumstances and your dog is not wearing a seat belt, he can get hurt.

Giving your dog rawhide chews

Your pup may love rawhide chews, but at the same time, these delicious dog treats are unsafe for your pup due to the following reasons:

-Digestive issues

Your dog can be allergic or sensitive to rawhide chews, which can lead to digestive irritation. This can result in digestive issues, mainly diarrhea.

-Choking Hazard

If your dog is hungry and excited, he might swallow a large chunk of rawhide, which can get stuck in his throat or any other region of the digestive system. In such cases, it is recommended to visit the vet immediately or get an abdominal surgery, if required.


Rawhide chews contain toxic chemicals that carry bacteria, such as E.coli and Salmonella, which can be harmful to your pup. Hence, it is recommended to choose healthier alternatives and avoid rawhide chews for your dog’s safety and protection.

Allowing your dog to eat everything

It is recommended not to share your food with your pup because human food or table scraps contain fat, spices and high salt content, causing your dog to become obese.  For smaller dogs, the chances of getting obese are higher because very few extra calories are required to cause weight gain. Human food can be toxic and dangerous for dogs as well.

Leaving harmful objects around

The sweet and tempting scent of house cleaners can attract dogs. House cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can easily poison your canine friend. Products, such as anti-freeze, can be harmful to your dog because they tend to leak on the ground, forming puddles which your dog can easily lick. It is best to let these puddles dry off before letting your dog enter the room. Therefore, keep cleaners way out of your dog’s reach.

You should make your house dog-friendly to prevent him from chewing or swallowing things like socks, medication or batteries. Dogs love to play with socks, but it should be kept in mind that they can sallow socks, which can be a potential choking hazard for your dog.


Vaccinations are useful because they can save your dog from harmful diseases. Unfortunately, dog owners don’t consider it as a necessity due to these diseases being rare. However, if a large population of dogs doesn’t get vaccinated, there is a high chance of an outbreak. Hence, it is beneficial to vaccine your dog annually to prevent the once common deadly puppy diseases before they strike. After all, prevention is better than cure!

Not picking up dog feces

Leaving dog poop here and there can create harmful bacteria and attract mice and pests, further spreading the bacteria. Furthermore, it can increase the chances of your dog getting bitten by a disease-infested rat. Picking up poop will not only keep your dog safe and your environment safe, but it will also protect you from diseases such as Cyclospora, Cryptosporidium and Giardia, Roundworm, Tapeworms, and Toxoplasmosis.


Holiday celebrations can create dangers for your dog that you never imagined. Alcohol, strangers, chit chats amongst people and loud noises from fireworks can disturb dogs. Fireworks can lead to anxiety amongst dogs and can cause them to end up at the emergency vet.

Leaving a dog alone in the car

Leaving your dog alone in the car can be dangerous, as overheating can happen much quicker than you can imagine. Parked cars tend to heat up quickly under the sun regardless of the outside temperature. According to San Francisco State University research, when the outside temperature is a mild 70 degree, the car temperature can rise up to 89 degrees. After 40 minutes, it can rise to 108 degrees, which can be dangerous for your dog as he can die due to a heat stroke.

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Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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