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How to Pet-Proof Your Home

December 18, 2011

Pets are like children in some ways. They have a curious nature and a natural tendency to get into things that could be harmful. If you have a pet or are thinking of getting one, it’s best to pet-proof your house. Here are a few ways to protect your pet from household dangers.

Keep a lid on the garbage.

Cats and dogs are natural born garbage pickers. They will rummage through the trash like a veritable treasure chest if given the chance. Digging through trash cans may pose a hazard to our four-legged friends since we toss all sorts of harmful substances into the garbage.

Keep the toilet lid closed.

We all know that dogs are notorious for drinking from the toilet and so are some cats. People have been known to flush all sorts of substances from medication to leftover hair dye down the toilet. People also may pour bleach or cleanser into the toilet bowl and let it stand to remove stains and odor. Chemicals are used in much the same way to treat clogged drains. Fresheners are placed inside the toilet bowl to keep it clean and odor free. While some toilet bowl deodorizers are non-toxic, others can be harmful. Keep the lid down and the bathroom door closed for your pet’s protection.

Always rinse out the sink and bathtub.

Cats have a bad habit of jumping in sinks, on tables, countertops or anywhere else they can get to. They will lick water from the sink or nibble on bits of food left after rinsing dinner dishes. Make sure to clean the sink out after use and rinse thoroughly. Treat the bathtub in the same manner.

Hide or cover electrical cords.

Wires or electrical cords are a big attraction to most pets. It can be very dangerous for a cat or dog to get shocked by chewing on electrical cords. It could even prove fatal. Try to keep cords out of sight if possible. Run them behind furniture; staple them to baseboards or cover with electrical tape if necessary.

Use insecticides with care.

If you need to use insecticides or pesticides around your home take every precaution to protect your pet from harm. Open windows or turn on ceiling fans for proper ventilation. Put your pet in another room. Make sure your pet doesn’t escape through any open windows. If necessary, take your pet to a friend or relative’s house for a couple of hours. Take precautions when using a pesticide outdoors in your garden as well. Even if your pet is an indoor pet only, there is always a chance that he may get outside.

Clean spills thoroughly.

Some products such as bleach or antifreeze are deadly to pets. Be careful when using these and other similar products. If spills occur, clean the area thoroughly and flush with water several times. Keep pets out of areas such as the laundry room or garage.

Keep medications and cleaning supplies under lock and key.

Dogs and cats love to chew. Their teeth are sharp enough to penetrate plastic bottles. Placing items on a high shelf may deter dogs in their curious quest but not cats. Your feline friend can easily reach places that you have to stand on a chair to reach. It’s best to keep medications in a medicine cabinet. Although many people keep household cleaning products under the sink it is best to put a latch on cabinet doors if they are easily opened. Cats and dogs are pretty adept at using their paws and even their noses to pry or nudge doors open.

Make sure screens are in and doors are latched.

If your pet is an indoor pet make sure that your windows are down and screens are in place. Be certain that family members close the door behind them as they come and go throughout the day. Pets often get outside and become lost or injured because windows are left up or doors are not completely closed. A cat or dog can easily slip outside when you’re not looking.

If you take care to make sure things are in their proper places you can keep your pet safe and healthy by preventing careless accidents.

Copyright © 2007, Ian White Acess 2000 Pty Ltd

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