Whether you live in a high rise, a two-flat, a home or any living situation, if you own a pet you should always know your surroundings and think about securing the surroundings for your pet, the same way you would secure them for a young child. These concerns are amplified if you and your pet live above ground level. Every home is unique, so you should take a look at potential problem areas where accidents are more prone to occurring. Pets are basically extremely, energetic toddlers. Whatever area they can get into, they will. So you should pet-proof your home the same way you would child-proof it!In general, here are some tips to make sure your pets are as safe as possible in high rises and above ground living situations:
A Special note from Dr. Fred Goldenson of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association: “Life in the big city can be great but it can be really dangerous if you are a dog or cat. Living in a high-rise apartment building you still have to be aware of cars and other critters outside that can hurt you. You're probably better off staying away from places like dog parks and beaches too unless you're on a leash and others are on a leash so that they can't hurt you. But living in a high-rise building has some additional worry that your other canine and feline friends in the city and country don't have to worry about. It's called the high-rise syndrome. Balconies are a beautiful place to view the city and lake but they are no place for a dog or cat, because you can fall a great distance from the balcony and if you survive you will still sustain serious injuries. So play it safe and take in the views from the window, not the balcony. And while you're at it be sure to tell your humans that you need to have your shots kept up to date and have your heartworm medication given on a regular monthly basis. So enjoy the city life but be safe.”
Check back at www.adoptchicago.org periodically for more pet safety tips. Please remember to make sure your animal is vaccinated, on leash, has a city license, and remains under control at all times. Do your part to keep Chicago safe!