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Keeping Safe

We live in a challenging world for dog safety. As with all dogs you need to bear in mind that many things are dangerous for a dog and some are killers. It is your responsibility to ensure your dog is safe and that he causes no harm to other dogs or members of the public. It is also in your remit as a dog owner to always present a good image to society at large and not to give dogs a negative public image. Keep your dog on a lead in public places, clear up after your dog, treat your dog with respect, observe 'no dog' rules in the countryside and seashore areas.

You are an ambassador for Jackahuahuas and all other dogs.

Ensure your garden is escape proof

Always keep your dog on a short lead near roads & livestock.


Lock away all medicines, cleaning products and dangerous chemicals.


Keep all chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, grapes & macadamia nuts shut away, as these are poisonous to dogs.


Do not use cocoa shell mulch in your garden as this can cause illness and death.


Do not use rat poison, slug pellets, weedkillers, fertilizers (especially bonemeal) or insecticides that are dangerous to dogs.


Use a car harness, crate or fitted case when travelling in the car.


Do not let your dog hang its head out of an open car window.


Always take care to make sure your dog cannot run out of an open front door or escape through an open window.


Never leave your dog alone tied up outside a shop in case it gets stolen.


Keep your dog inside on fireworks night, and keep it on a lead when outside.


Hot dogs are not cool in cars


Consider the weather and your journey in advance, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether the journey for your dog is absolutely necessary.

Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the car and isn’t squashed or forced to sit in direct sunlight.

Always make sure there is shade provided, even in an air conditioned car a dog can become too hot if in full sun.

Don't leave your dog in an unheated car in cold weather. Your car cools down really fast, sadly dogs also die in cold cars.

Make sure plenty of stops are taken with lots of water available to drink.

Take cold water in a thermos rather than a plastic bottle so it stays cold rather than being luke warm. Ice cubes are helpful in a thermos for cooling too.


Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the window open and water available. Take them out of the car and leave them in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water.

Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion, or stand in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.

Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be in a supermarket car park or show, make sure you make someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police or the RSPCA on 0870 55 55 999

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There are many house and garden plants that are poisonous to dogs, here are some of the most common ones:

amaryllis bulbs

asparagus fern



daffodil bulbs

day lilies








lilies, lily of the valley



morning glory





rhubarb leaves

sweet pea

tulip bulbs

umbrella plant




mushrooms and toadstools.


If your dog chews or eats any of these, seek veterinary help immediately