Incorporating a pet into your family means an increase in love, play time and sloppy kisses. It also means that you need to pay special attention to hazards that could be hidden around your home. Take the following steps to ensure your house is a safe and comfortable place for both you and your furry friend.
1. Keep food and medicine out of reach
This Old House recommends placing food and medications far out of reach of your four-legged pal. Make sure these are on high shelves that are inaccessible to pets. You should also make sure your animal can't dig through the trash – not only could they find and eat harmful human food in there, they could encounter sharp objects or broken glass. The source suggests investing in a sturdy waste basket made of stainless steel, preferably with a tightly fitted cover.
2. Clean up electrical cords and wires
To puppies, these dangerous items look like fun toys, ready to be chewed. According to Pet Education, power cords and wires are one of the main ways that pets can severely injure themselves. They can cause mouth burns, electric shock and even electrocution. The source recommends tying up these chords or concealing them using spiral cable wrap or PVC pipe.
3. Get rid of toxic plants
You might not realize it, but some of those decorative plants you've placed around your home could be extremely dangerous to your animal's health. Avoid choosing lily of the valley, morning glory and bulb plants, like daffodils. If your furry friend spends a lot of time in your yard, use these precautions out there as well. Pet Education notes that oak trees are a common outdoor hazard for dogs.
4. Turn off heating and cooling devices
You should always supervise your pet when they are in an area with space heaters or room fans. Make sure you turn these appliances off when you leave your pet home alone or if you move to a different area of the house where you can't keep an eye on it.
5. Use safe flooring materials
Whatever flooring option you choose will be in constant contact with your pet's paws, so make sure it is made from a safe material. You'll also want to make sure it is easy to clean and good at hiding pet hair and the occasional stain. This Old House recommends avoiding carpet and instead choosing hardwood with a urethane finish or ceramic tiles.
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