Three Pledges That Can Save a Dog’s Life

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If there were three things you could do right now that would save a dog’s life, would you do them? As a dog lover of the highest order, Fidose of Reality’s mantra, we strive to give the best advice, information, and relevant and real things from dog travel to safety and health news to our followers.


Did you know approximately 500,000 pets are directly impacted by house fires annually. Another 40,000 lose their lives. According to Erica Langman of  Protection 1®, here are a few things you can do right now and ongoing to keep your pets safe from fire hazard with these pledges:

  • Believe it or not, keeping your yard neat is actually a safety precaution. By keeping your bushes trimmed and yard clean you can prevent the risk of brush fires and allow emergency responders and neighbors easier visibility of your home in case there is a fire.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat that is often overlooked and is also responsible for more than 400 deaths and over 20,000 hospital visits each year. Every year, be sure to have your heating system properly inspected.
  • Your pet’s and family’s safety is definitely worth investing in. Invest in quality monitored alarm system with capabilities that suit your family’s needs. Look for an alarm system that will alert you via text and phone call if an emergency occurs while you are not home. Your alarm system should also dispatch the emergency department and fire department as soon as any of your alarms are triggered.
  • Put pet alert decals prominently in your front windows to alert first responders to the fact that you have pets inside. You can get these at your pet store, fire department, from your alarm company, or you can buy them online.
  • Give your most trusted neighbor access to your home in case of an emergency. By having someone near your home that has a key you can leave your home knowing that someone is looking after it and that fireman and first responders will have easy access inside in the case of an emergency.


Make a commitment to see your dog’s veterinarian regularly and not to wait for a problem to emerge. Routine visits – twice a year in my household at a minimum – can save you dollars (and possibly your dog’s life) in the long run.  Do something good and pay it forward by helping an animal in need. When you take the emBARK on Pet Health pledge, Sergeant’s will send a pet health kit to one of the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes at local shelters nationwide. Take a few moments to take the pledge here and help a pet in need: Embark on Pet Health Pledge


With all of the scares these days of pet food and treat recalls, knowing what’s inside a box of bag of dog food or treats is crucial. We wrote a detailed article about knowing how to read a pet food label, which we highly recommend dog parents read. Pledge to be your dog’s advocate and know what he or she eats before you dish it out.

Are you doing anything in particular to ensure your dog’s well being and good health? Bark at us below in the comments.




  1. I can get behind these pledges. Thanks, Carol!

    I appreciate the link to reading a dog food label. I’ve been training myself to read them and I’m a little blown away by how much I don’t know. Over the past year we’ve had to stop feeding our dogs many brands.

    • The things I have learned with dog food labels has been alarming and amazing. A lot of this info was presented at BlogPaws Conference last year, so I am looking forward to learning more in person there this year in May.

    • Yeah I started a fire prevention plan last year after BlogPaws when I met Firefighter and blogger, Dayna Hilton

  2. Thank you for the fire prevention reminder. My pet alert decal has faded from the sun. Your post has motivated me to get it replaced pronto. Best Wishes!

  3. On the fire prevention, we will have to go look for an alarm that will alert us by text for in case we’re not home. What a great idea! We have the others in place, including a carbon monoxide detector.

  4. Great post Carol!! I always read the labels of any treats I give my dogs and don’t buy treats that have ingredients that I’m not sure what they are. I also buy only treats made in the US.

    I do have decals but will need to talk to my neighbor about giving him a key. I had never thought of this.

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