Living With Pets

Earlier this month we blogged on How to Dog Proof Your Backyard (you can read it here.)  But what about inside your home.  Not all dangers in your home are obvious, and if you have a new puppy or kitten even the tiniest opening can be a hazard.  Toxic plants and food are some of the better known dangers, but there are other dangers that can lurk in your home as well.  So here is a room by room guide on how to pet proof the inside of your home.

Kitchens:  Food is of course the biggest hazard for your pets.  While there are lots of things that might be in your fridge that your pet can eat, there are also lots of things that they should not eat.  Chocolate is probably the best known problem food.  Some other foods to keep away from your pet include avocados, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, onion, garlic, and coffee.  Having a door or gate to keep animals out of the kitchen while you cook is a great idea.

Family Room:  The main hazard in here is the fireplace.  Pets can be harmed by flames and flying ashes.  Placing a screen in front of the opening is always a great idea.  Wire and cords can also be a hazard.  Puppies especially have the tendency to chew on these.

Bathroom and Laundry Rooms:  Certain hazards like cleaners, detergents, fabric softeners, bleach, medications, or even dental floss are all dangerous if ingested.  Drinking out of the toilet isn’t good for pets, especially if you use chemical cleaners.

Bedrooms:  Besides chewing up your good pair of shoes, there aren’t many hazards in your bedroom.  Just make sure to place any jewelry, hair clips, pins and hair bands up high.

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