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Top 10 Causes of Accidental Death in Dogs and How to Prevent Them

We all try to protect our dogs as well as we can from things that may cause them harm. Try as we might, the tragic does happen from time to time and we lose our beloved pet too early due to an accidental death.

Below is a list of the top 10 causes of accidental death in dogs and how you can help prevent them from occurring.

Causes of Accidental Death in Dogs

A life vest can help prevent your dog from drowning (and looks cute too!)
A life vest can help prevent your dog from drowning (and looks cute too!)

1. Poisoning

Your dog can be poisoned in many ways – pills, plants, foods, chemicals, etc., — all pose deadly threats. Prevent this by keeping medicines, cleaners, and foods out of your dog’s reach and do not plant toxic flora in your backyard. While on a walks, pay attention to what your pet is doing to ensure they do not eat something harmful. Call the Pet Poison Helpline immediately should your dog eat anything dangerous.

2. Drowning

Pools, lakes, rivers, creeks – can all be deadly to your dog. Help prevent drowning by watching your pet whenever they are near water; put in a fence around your pool so your dog does not have free access to it; watch for signs of fatigue and take your dog out of the water if they appear too tired. Putting a life vest on your dog is also a good idea.

3. Weather

Extreme weather in either direction (hot or cold) can cause death to your dog. Do not leave your dog in a car, garage, or outside if it’s too cold or too hot. In warm weather, watch your dog for signs of heat exhaustion and make sure they have plenty of water. In cold weather, put a sweater or coat on short hair breeds when you do take them out.

4. Struck by Car

Sadly, this happens often. Drivers just do not watch as closely as they should nowadays, so you need to be more diligent than ever about keeping your dog near you and out of the street. Simply keeping your dog on leash can prevent this tragedy from ever occurring. Also, make sure your yard is secure so your dog cannot jump out. Teaching your dog a sit-stay at the door so she does not bolt into the street is also a great idea.

5. Electrocution

This is something that is most often seen in puppies during their chewing phase, though it can happen to any age dog. If you have a known chewer, make sure all power cords are unplugged and out of your dog’s reach. Do not leave your dog unattended near any plugged-in cord.


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