• Jen Bedard

Your Pet May be in Danger and You Don't Even Know it

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Introducing a new pet to your home is a special occasion. However, much like baby-proofing, you must ensure that your home and yard are safe from hazards that may injure your new four-legged friend. Any time you add a furry family member to your home, you need to make it safe for that puppy or kitten. You may not realize it, but your home is filled with numerous hazards to pets. Here are a few ways in which you can pet proof your home to make it safer for your four-legged friend.

1 – The Stairs

Dogs and cats are not as graceful or coordinated as you may think when they are at the puppy or kitten stage. As they are curious, stairs present an interesting challenge in many ways to these little fur babies. This means that falls may happen if you do not block stairs off until your pet has grown enough to comfortably use them. A baby gate is a great solution for this. Also keep in mind that stairs can be a hazard to pets once they reach their senior years and lose mobility.

2 – The Cords

Pets see electrical cords as toy ropes or as something to chew on. This is particularly true when your puppy or kitten is teething. You can eliminate an accident from happening by using cord protectors that are available at any hardware store. Pets can trip on cords, get electrocuted by chewing on them and even cords that hang down from window blinds present hanging hazards. Your hardware store will have several handy solutions to prevent these accidents.

3 – The Chemicals

While you may find it handy to store cleaning supplies under a sink or vanity, this also makes these harmful chemicals easy to reach for your pets. You can prevent an accidental poisoning by either storing these items in a location that is out of the reach of your pets, or in a closet that has a child-proof locking mechanism. Animals are smart and can figure out how to open cupboards and therefore you would be best to use a latching system that requires a lock.

4 – The Bathroom

It is always a good idea to ban pets from the bathroom. This is because dogs will see the toilet as a welcome water dish with fresh water on a regular basis. If you use any kind of toilet bowl cleaner and leave it in, you could harm your pet. The same situation exists if you spray your shower daily with any kind of cl