Having a pet is fun and exciting. Having to worry about it ruining your house or possibly hurting itself, however, not so much. Especially in bigger houses, there’s plenty that could go wrong. Protecting your pet from your home is just as important as protecting your home from your pet. You can always be more cautious when it comes to the safety of your furry companion.
When pet-proofing your house, it’s good to think of everything you might do while child-proofing a house. Letting a pet roam all around the house may not be the best idea. I’m sure you can think of a few places in your home that you wouldn’t want your pet to get into, whether it’s a cabinet, or a closet, maybe even your bedroom. There’s nothing wrong with restricting access to a few rooms in your home for the safety of your pet and your belongings.
It’s very important to clean up after yourself, particularly after eating. There’s many human foods that may not be suitable for your pet. Even the wrappers from some foods can be potential choking hazards. Remember to throw away all your trash. Your trash bin should have a secure lid so your pet can’t tip it over and get into everything.
Make sure that all sharp objects are secured. Knives, kitchen utensils, sowing kits are very dangerous. Pets don’t have the same understanding and may not know that these things will bring them potential harm. There’s way too many stories of pets becoming ill, being taken to the vet, and then having sharp objects found in their stomach. The vast majority of these situations are preventable.
Human medication can also be very dangerous for pets. If a pet gets access to your medication, they may take a large dose and before you know it, it can be too late to do anything. Keep all your medication stored in proper containers.
Exposed wires can be really dangerous because you may not even be able to find them until your pet does. Check around your electronics and hide wires when possible and remember that if your pet is small, it can get into areas that you never even thought of. Curious pets might be tempted to chew the wires, so if you can completely stow them away, that is preferable.
Ensure that all your air vents are properly covered. If a wandering pet manages to find itself inside a vent, getting them out is not going to be simple. Particularly if you have a small pet and a big house, this is an important step.
Chemicals are an obvious danger to animals but many owners don’t know how to properly and safely store their chemicals. Even if you don’t know the contents of the chemicals in your cabinet, you shouldn’t take any risks.
Overall, as long as you know the details of your home and keep your pet away from dangerous items or places, you’ll most likely be fine. In the case that your pet does come in contact hazardous objects, be it sharp blades, chemicals, or poisonous foods, please get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
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