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How To Pet Proof Your House
11/04/15 at 03:43 PM | Published Under Dog Behavior
When a dog or cat becomes a member of your household, safety is a first priority, just as with any family member. Not unlike a toddler, it’s in a pet’s nature to be curious. Pet proofing your home is an important process to protect both your dog or cat and the items you own. If you have small children, you’re probably already familiar with baby-proofing items that are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
Here’s a list of tips to consider when pet proofing your house. These simple steps can create a safer life for your dog or cat.
Living Room & Family Room
- Place wires and chords from electronics, lamps and telephones out of reach.
- Make sure heating and air vents have proper covers.
- Put away knick-knacks until younger pets are coordinated enough to avoid knocking them over.
- Store all sewing and craft notions—especially thread and needles.
- Put away children's toys and games since swallowing small parts can be fatal.
- Check hard to reach places where your vacuum cleaner doesn't fit for dangerous pet “consumables” like string.
- Move potentially poisonous houseplants and hanging plants out of access.
- Move electrical and phone wires out of reach.
- Move medications, cosmetics and lotions off accessible desks or bedside tables.
- Store laundry and shoes behind closed doors since buttons and drawstrings can be fatal if swallowed.
- Be careful that you don't close your kitten or puppy in closets or dresser drawers.
- Look for noses, paws and tails when you shut doors or scoot chairs.
Kitchen & Bathroom
- Cover trash cans or keep them inside of a latched cabinet.
- Place all food items out of reach since even wrappers can be harmful.
- Use childproof latches to prevent paws from prying cabinet doors open.
- Put medications, chemicals, cleaners and laundry supplies on high shelves or behind latched doors.
- Block small spaces, nooks or holes inside cabinets or behind utilities like a washer/dryer unit.
- Never start a washer or dryer until checking that your pets haven’t jumped inside.
- Keep toilet lids closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals.
- Clean lethal antifreeze from the garage floor and driveway.
- Keep all chemicals behind secured doors or on high shelves.
- Store all sharp objects and tools away from easy access.
- Bang on your car hood to ensure that kittens aren’t hiding in the engine to stay warm.
Taking these simple measures to pet proof your home, will make a safer place for everyone!