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The Accident Problem

By Linda Cope - New Media Manager at Marshall Pet Products Have you ever stepped on your pet by accident or found yourself in a position that only an Olympian gymnast would be able to perform just to avoid crushing your small animal?  Several times in my small pets' lives, I've had a few accidents that thankfully didn't cause severe injury to my cats and ferrets, but the last incident caused severe injury to me. Yes, a few days ago I found myself trying to leap like I was in the final stretch of a 100m hurdles race. To no avail, I landed badly and I'm now living the next 6-8 weeks in a cast up to my knee. I know that my little fuzzies like to help me with the daily chores of cooking and cleaning, after all, what better place to stretch out and lounge than in the middle of the kitchen floor while my owner is making dinner. Who could miss a possible hand-out! This brings me to this week's topic, animal and owner safety. We've all experienced it, you step on your little furry and they holler and give you that brief look like you might have done it on purpose; oh that just kills me. Here's a few things to keep in mind for the safety of your pet: *    Keep your pets confined to a small area when you're trying to make a meal. This will prevent your cat or ferret from being stepped on and will prevent possible burns from hot liquid splatters. *    Keep your eyes and ears on alert for animals chasing each other throughout your home. I found myself walking down the stairs as my cat and ferret were chasing each other around the corner at the bottom of the stairs. They were unable to stop in time and I attempted to step over them to avoid crushing them, but fell and broke my ankle instead. *    Always watch the door when it's closing to make sure your pet is not trying to get through the door. Ferrets can suffer severe internal injuries if the door hits them in their midsection. *    If you do step on your pet by accident, make sure he/she doesn't have any internal bleeding. Rub your hand over his body to see if he reacts to any injured spots. If you're unsure, take your pet to your local veterinarian immediately for a check up. For additional pet safety tips, go to the Humane Society of the United States.

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