Our pets are part of the family. Any pet owner will attest that dogs, cats or any creature out of cage are curious creatures. Pet safety is important because we all want to keep our families safe.
From the kitchen to family room and bathrooms to bedrooms, our homes provide a world of wonder for pets. The conveniences of home may present a few dangers, so here are some pet safety tips to keep your pets and home safe!
Pet Safety: Protect Our Pets from Themselves
Is your lovable pet a nosy Nancy? Animals are explorers and may want to check out the territory, especially puppies or kittens. For those pets that have roam the house without supervision, this means they may get into some dangerous stuff.
Protect Pets from Poisons
Having a pet is like having a child, and one of the first things you do when you either have a child living in your home or coming to visit, is make sure there is nothing poisonous within their reach.
Well, the same should be done for cats and dogs when they are in your home.
Just like a toddler on the move, it may also be a good idea to pet-proof your home as well.
Look in all of the rooms where your pets will go or may be able to get into where poisonous substances are often stored like your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and the garage or basement.
- Cleaning supplies
- Dishwasher pods
- Laundry detergents
All of these things can be deadly to animals if ingested, so make sure they are stored on high shelves or in locked cabinets.
Protect Pets from Dangerous Plants
There are certain plants that, if ingested by a cat or dog, can be lethal, while others may cause upset stomach, like lavender for both dogs and cats, while others can cause death such as lilies, which cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.
The best way to avoid anything terrible happening to your furry loved one by way of plants is to keep any and all plants that can cause harm to your pet out of your home and yard. Also, know which plants to look for on walks and keep your dog away from them.
For any pet owners that are not aware, then check out the list of dangerous plants, which is provided by the ASPCA.
If any of the plants in the list above are ingested by your pet, contact your local veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
Protect Pets from Dangerous Food
Animals have their own brands of food for a reason. A lot of people food, even food that is considered healthy for people, can be bad for pets. There are certain foods that can be poisonous to your pets if ingested like grapes, macadamia nuts, and mushroom plants.
Check this list of people foods to avoid feeding your pet for a more in-depth look at what not to feed your pet and why. Most commonly, these foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting, organ problems, or even death if ingested by your pet
The best way to protect your pet from foods they shouldn’t eat is by feeding them food intended for them.
Pet Safety: Protect our Homes from our Pets
Naturally, our pets wouldn’t do anything to ruin a brand new couch or carpet! However, as they say, when the cats away, the mice will play and our pets are no different. Although our cats and dogs will offer a welcome “sorry” here are some tips to protect your home.
Protect Your Hardwood
Animals have claws. While useful in the wild as protection from bigger animals, in your home they can cause serious damage to your hardwood floors. Scratches are not the end of your floors, not is it a reason not to get a dog. If your floor sustains deep, damaging scratches, it will most likely be fixed with a sanding.
While sanding may be expensive option, there are also some preventative measures, such as:
- Using more coats of finish on your floors will put more protection between your hardwood and your pet’s claws.
- Manicure claws, which will help your floor, but is also healthy for your pet.
- Consider adding runner rugs to protect the areas in your home that your dog runs on most.
Another thing that can damage your hardwood floors is urine. This may be more of a problem with cats since they tend to pick a spot to use as their bathroom and never choose another, but it can be corrected or prevented. While sanding can help, it is better to try and avoid your pet using your floors as a toilet by keep the litterbox clean, taking your dog out for walks, and treating any accidents as soon as you see with vinegar.
Protect Your Furniture
Pets leave a mark in your heart. They can also leave a mark on your furniture.
Dogs can be told numerous times not to climb on the couch, but when you aren’t looking, they are sprawled and snoozing away, getting their fur all over the place. Cats will do this even as you tell them not to.
Protect your furniture fabrics with covers or by getting furniture made of materials that is easily cleaned.
For scratching or chewing, redirection may work best. For cats, place a scratcher near where the scratching is taking place. Dogs who like to chew on your couch’s legs, offer them a chew toy when you see this happening. Sometimes the offer of something better can make a difference. If these don’t work, you can invest in sprays that contains scents unpleasant to cats and dogs and deters them from scratching or chewing your furniture.
We hope you found these pet safety tips helpful!