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Pet-Proofing Your Home

Our Four-legged friends are naturally curious and are always ready to explore the world around them.  Here are some tips to keep your furry friend out of harm’s way by pet-proofing your home and yard. 

Plant-proof your home and yard for your four-legged friends

There are many flowers, plants, trees and shrubs that can be toxic to pets.  Ask our TEAM or see the ASPCA’s (www.aspca.org) list of plants that are poisonous to pets to identify possible problem flora in your home and yard!

Poison-proof your home and yard for your four-legged friends

Keep all potentially hazardous chemicals, cleaners or medications high up and preferably in locked cabinets to prevent your furry friend from nosing around where they should not be. 

Just a few to remember:

  • Antifreeze and other car or garage chemicals
  • Rat poison, slug bait or other “pest” poisons
  • Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides or other “cides
  • All household or cleaning supplies
  • Tobacco products, drugs and alcohol
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications (YOURS and YOUR Furry Friend’s)

Food-Proof your home for your four-legged friends

Human foods can be toxic to your furry friend.  Ask our TEAM for a list of common toxic foods or visit the ASPCA website (www.aspca.org) to review human foods to avoid giving your four-legged friend. 

Accident-proof your home for your four-legged friends

We have always been told, “While not all accidents can be prevented-many of them can.  Few tips here that will help you avoid pet problems around your house.

  • Keep all bags out of reach!  Plastic bags of all kinds-those found in cereal boxes, chip bags, grocery bags, etc.
  • Keep trash cans securely locked or in a child-proofed cabinet to prevent your furry friend from eating his or her way through the garbage!
  • Be VERY careful when using rocking chairs or recliners as smaller pets can get crushed and even larger dogs can get legs broken under these types of chairs.
  • Unplug, or at least turn off paper shredders and other office equipment when not in use to prevent serious injuries.
  • Electrical cords, if chewed by your pet, can pose a risk for burning or even electrocution and should be kept out of reach. 
  • When using hot surfaces, candles, incense or potpourri use caution around your furry friends! 
  • Keep your laundry off the floor-some pets eat the darnedest things including socks, underwear, and even pantyhose!
  • Pick up after your “human” kiddos-small toys or objects can easily become a plaything and readily be swallowed.

Accident-proof your yard for your pet’s safety

  • Gate or Fence in pools, ponds and even small streams to prevent accidental drowning.
  • Gate or Fence in fire pits or other heat sources to prevent burns.
  • Keep all lawn or equipment chemicals securely put away.
  • Take a walk around your yard frequently to make sure there is nothing your furry friend could hurt themselves on.  Pick up any foreign objects, sharp branches or small stones that may be swallowed.

IF YOU HAVE A PARTICULARY INQUISITIVE FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND, WHEN IN DOUBT KEEP ITEMS UP HIGH OR LOCKED AWAY TO AVOID UNNECESSARILY EXPOSING YOUR PET TO A POTENTIAL HAZARD.