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So, it is important for a pet owner to look at pet-proofing their home, to try and avoid accidents from happening and avoid then potentially expensive veterinary visits. The things you are looking at would be, especially with new pets, where you do not know whether they are going to be chewers or if they can climb up on the side of the table and things like that. So, pet-proofing your home, you are looking at preventing wires being exposed, preventing things being left on the side that they could get hold of, whether that is a shoe that you particularly like or whether it is a food that is left over that they should not be having access to. You also want to make sure that their food bowls and their toilet areas, if you are talking about a cat, are inappropriate areas, where they will want to eat and go to the toilet. You also want to make sure that your doors are securely locked and closed because they can be quite clever at opening things, and also windows as well, that is an important one. Do not place your sofas and chairs right up by a window because it is just encouraging your animal to jump up there and then they can try and get out there.

So, it would be useful also to prepare in advance for a potential emergency, so always make sure that the veterinary number is accessible, either on your phone or by your phone at home, in your purse. The best way, if you have got a dog with a collar, is that they have a tag with your vet's number on it, and so if they are not with you, then whoever finds them could potentially phone the vet if they needed to in an emergency. With cats, slightly more difficult because they do not necessarily have collars, make sure your cat is microchipped, that can always help, and again, if you left your cat to be looked after by a pet-sitter, make sure in advance that they have all the numbers they might need, and also know, if they have, if you have a first aid kit for any reason, make sure whoever is looking after them has access to that and knows what is in it and is aware of what it is used for, for what problem as well.