3 Tips to Keep Your Animals Safe October 2, 2023 Did you know October is National Animal Safety Month? Our furry, feathered, and even scaly companions can bring lots of joy to our lives, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they lead happy, healthy and safe lives. Keep reading for our top animal safety tips to help you keep your pets and other animals out of harm’s way. Stay up-to-date with vaccines and check-ups Just like humans, animals require regular healthcare check-ups to ensure they remain in the best possible health. Vaccinations play a crucial role in preventing diseases that can be life-threatening to your pets. Consult with your veterinarian to create a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Common vaccinations include those for rabies, distemper and parvovirus, but your veterinarian will guide you based on your pet’s age, species and lifestyle. Annual check-ups are equally important. These visits allow your veterinarian to detect any underlying health issues early, which can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment. Don’t skip these appointments, as they’re essential for maintaining your pet’s overall well-being. Know the signs of an allergic reaction in animals Allergic reactions can be frightening and dangerous for both humans and animals. Being aware of the signs of an allergic reaction in your pet can be a lifesaver. Symptoms may include: Swelling of the face, ears or paws Hives (raised, red, itchy bumps on the skin) Difficulty breathing Excessive drooling Vomiting or diarrhea Lethargy or collapse If you suspect your pet is having an allergic reaction, contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal emergency clinic immediately. Keep pets away from human foods While it may be tempting to share snacks with our pets, many human foods can actually be harmful or even deadly to animals. Here are some common foods to keep far out of their reach: Salty foods Onions and garlic Grapes Candy and chocolate Avocados Cherry pits Coffee Raisins Tea (because it contains caffeine) Yeast dough There are other foods that can be toxic to different animals, so be sure to ask your veterinarian before giving your pet human food. Animals can be a huge part of our lives and truly can become part of the family. That’s why it’s our responsibility to keep them safe. By following our animal safety tips, you can protect your furry friends not just during National Animal Safety Month, but year-round. We’re Here to Help Whether you’re a longtime policyholder or just starting to look for insurance options, we’re here to help. If you have questions or concerns that you want to discuss, connect with your local OKFB agent today. If you have any insurance-specific questions, we would love to help you find the coverage that best meets your home, auto, commercial and life insurance needs. Don’t forget to follow us on social! This kind of information and more is just a click away. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.