The first measures we take before bringing a new dog home are those that keep them safe. A sturdy collar, strong leash, a carefully thought-out engraving on their very first name tag. We take them to the vet for vaccines, give them a heartworm preventative once a month, and all in all do everything in our power to be the best humans we can be for our dogs. Thankfully, there are numerous amazing products that encourage us to do just that.
This is by far one of the best things I’ve gotten for my dog. If you’ve ever been driving at night and passed a little too close to a person walking their dog because you couldn’t see them, you know how important it is to be visible. Chances are you’re not donning a reflective vest to walk your dog, but you can take it a step further and make them easy to see whether or not there are headlights to illuminate ordinary reflective material.
This collar (and the matching leashes) are powered by a rechargeable battery. They’re turned on with a button and will glow steadily, with a rapid pulse, or a slow flashing pattern as you continue to click. One hour of charging gets you 5 hours of walk time, and this quality device has a lifetime guarantee. In the interest of not parsing words, it could mean the difference between life and death from a single accident.
You trust your car’s seat belt system to protect your human family, so why not utilize it to do the same for your dog? Don’t waste your time purchasing gates that prevent your pup from hopping into the front seat—stop them from putting their life and your life in danger in the first place.
This durable tether is compatible with just about every car, and clips directly into your vehicle’s seatbelt system. The other end attaches to the ring on your dog’s harness. Note: NEVER attach this or any tether to a dog collar; use a harness only. The length of the tether is adjustable to give your dog more room to move, and Kurgo offers a lifetime warranty.
Escape artists and non-stop sniffers tend to disappear from sight before their humans even realize they’re gone. The Whistle GPS Tracker attaches to any collar up to 1″ wide and sends your dog’s location and activity stats directly to your phone. If your pup wanders outside of their dedicated safe zone, you get an alert on their whereabouts before they get too far.
Whistle’s battery life lasts up to 7 days depending on the strength of your WiFi connection, and the tracker itself is durable and completely waterproof.
Ice melt, burning asphalt, or muddy hikes through the woods—some can slice and blister your dog’s feet, others just leave their paws caked in dirt. The canine booties from My Busy Dog aim to protect your pup’s paws from the things we sometimes overlook because we’re already wearing shoes. They’re water-resistant, reflective with a velcro closure, and constructed with a waterproof non-slip sole.
Before taking your dog out in hot weather, place your hand on the blacktop. If you can’t hold it there for a few seconds, your dog can’t walk on it either. The same idea goes for winter conditions; let’s not leave our dogs’ feet exposed to the harsher elements and risk unnecessary injury.
Expert swimmers and first-timers alike need to stay safe in the water. Your dog may seem like his energy lasts forever, but even his swimming skills won’t keep him afloat when exhaustion kicks in. The Outward Hound Ripstop Life Jacket comes in a few different styles and 5 sizes. A total of 3 adjustable straps leave room for you to ensure a snug fit, and two handles on the top make it easy for you to pull your pup to safety.
I love that Outward Hound includes a front-facing float to keep dogs’ heads well above water, plus the vibrant colors and reflective accents to make them visible whether you’re chilling in the pool or kayaking at the lake.
The folks at Kurgo are very serious about safety. This kit folds up and fits nicely in your car’s glove compartment, yet comes stocked with just about everything you might need in an emergency (50 items, to be specific), including a pet first aid guide.
Blisters, splinters, cuts, and scrapes will find some relief. If you have your own safety kit in mind, it might be helpful to use the list of items shown in the link above to help stock up. After all, this is one of those things you’ll really wish you have exactly when you need it most.
Just because your pet is microchipped at the vet does NOT mean your information is automatically attached! If you don’t register your dog’s microchip with your name and contact info, it is essentially useless to have the chip embedded.
Please check your dog’s microchip registry (your vet should know which one they use) immediately after implantation and make sure to keep it up to date with your most recent phone number, email address, and home address details. This might be the only way a shelter or veterinarian can return your dog to you should he go missing.