Pet-Proofing

Pets are a big responsibility, and the work begins even before pets come home. 

Pet proofing a home protects pets from accidents and injuries as they grow acclimated to their new surroundings.

• Install childproof latches. Much like children, young pets tend to be curious, and that curiosity can put them in precarious positions. Pet owners should install childproof latches on low drawers and cabinets where potentially harmful cleaning products are typically stored. 

• Close toilet lids. American Humane warns that chemicals in common toilet cleaners can be deadly to pets. In addition, small puppies or kittens can drown in toilets. Keep all toilet lids closed when toilets are not in use.

• Keep potentially harmful items out of pets’ reach. Household cleaners are not the only items around the house that can be harmful to pets. Medications should always be stored on high shelves where pets cannot reach them. Make sure all laundry room items, including detergent and dryer sheets, are stored out of pets’ reach. Discuss human foods that might be harmful to pets with a veterinarian, and make sure such foods are not left out where pets can reach them when you are hosting friends or family members. 

• Conceal all wires. Make sure all wires are bundled together and out of the reach and view of pets, who may be tempted to chew on them. Even wires that are out of reach may tempt pets if they can see them, so pet owners should make concerted efforts to conceal cords.

• Move or remove potentially poisonous plants. Prospective pet owners should research each plant in their homes to make sure they’re not poisonous to their new pet. Move potentially poisonous plants to places where pets cannot access them. Remove any poisonous floor plants from the home before purchasing or adopting a pet.

Pets, particularly puppies and kittens, tend to be curious. Pet parents can protect pets from their own curiosity by pet proofing their homes. 

– Courtesy of Metro Creative

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