How Pet-friendly is your home?

1 Mar

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Can you leave your pets alone in the house without worrying about their safety? How pet-friendly is your home? Like babies, pets are highly curious, forever exploring new places; sniffing, licking and sometimes swallowing potentially dangerous things that they stumble upon during their avid explorations. Here are some of the things that you can do to pet-proof your home and make it safer for your four-legged kids.

Are there any Poisonous Plants in your garden?

You might love beautifying your garden with lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, carnations and other attractive plants, but by doing so, you are unknowingly putting your pet’s health and life at risk. All the aforementioned household plants are poisonous when chewed and eaten by pets. Take a look at this “List of Plants Toxic to Pets” if you want to find out whether you have any of these in your garden.

In addition to eliminating toxic plants from your garden, it’s important to plan your garden in a way that it doesn’t allow pets to mess around too much. Place pots high up and away from the pet’s view. This would prevent them from being knocked over and your pet getting hurt in the process.

Pet-proofing the yard

A sturdy gate and a strong fence can not only keep intruders out, but also keep your dog safe inside. Make sure the gate and fencing round the yard is tall enough, so your pets cannot jump over them, and deep enough so they cannot dig under the fencing and escape out of a hole.

Stash Medications, Toiletries and Food Items in the cabinets

Never leave medications, cosmetics, liquid cleaners, and other chemicals outside. Always keep these items locked away in closed cabinets, well out of your pet’s reach. Food items like chocolates, ice-creams, and alcoholic beverages might be as tempting to dogs as they are to us. But, unlike humans, these items are dangerous to dogs. For the complete list of foods that are toxic to dogs, take a look at this post by WebMD.

Avoid leaving knives and other sharp objects outside

Keep sharp objects like knives, utensils and glass jars away from your pet’s purview, and safely tucked inside kitchen closets, that your pet can’ reach and pull out.

Don’t keep any tempting chewables around

Dogs, especially when they are bored, would go about chewing almost anything that they can lay their paws on. It could be the furniture, the electric wires, your shoes or those clothes lying on the bed. Keep these tempting chewables away from your pet’s sight. Make sure your pooch has enough toys to play with, so he is not tempted to play with the odd things lying around the house. If not, you could get him some new toys from Woofilicious.

Keep Dog Safety Kit handy

With their insatiable curiosity and incurable naughtiness, pets can inevitably get into trouble. To arm yourself for such unexpected accidents, always keep a dog first-aid kit handy. Here are some of the items that you can have in the dog safety kit:

  • Scissors
  • Bandages and Dressings for Dogs( available in pet stores)
  • Antiseptic wipes or lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Penlight or flashlight
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  •  Rectal thermometer and lubricant
  •  Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting
  •  Non-latex disposable gloves
  •  A notepad with phone numbers of nearby vets and pet clinics

What other steps have you taken to make your home more pet-friendly? Do share your thoughts in the comments.

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