Pet Proofing Your Home

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As with all things Prevention is better than cure.  This is why it is important that before you get your pet that you make sure your home is safe – just like you would with a baby  Animals will chew through things, eat poison, break glass etc. just like a child  so it is important to pet-proof your home

If a dog, for example, is left for long periods of time they will get bored and look for something to do which can lead to danger.

It is vital that your pet has food, water, and lots of pet-safe toys to keep them amused.

When pet-proofing your home spend time going around your home and look at possible ways your dog could get trapped, cut itself, fall, hurt itself, take food, come into contact with poison etc.

Here are our Top Tips on Pet Proofing Your Home


Foods

This is a big one as all dogs i,ncluding adults a,re curious creatures and will want to explore any food that is left out.  First, try and put all foods either in the fridge o cupboards s,o they are out of harm’s way.  If you do leave food out, then make sure it is pushed well back and can’t be reached.   It is also important to make sure that nothing is left out s,uch as a chair sticking out from under the table that could encourage them to climb.

Below are just a couple of the most common foods that you need to be aware of.  There are many others a,nd you should do make sure you do your homework.

Alcohol – Many of us enjoy a glass of wine or beer with our dinner after work.  Please do not be tempted to share this with the dog and make sure it is out of reach.  Alcohol is bad for dogs full stop.

Bones – Generally speaking raw bones are fine for dogs, however, any kind of cooked bone should be kept out of the way of your puppy as cooked bones can easily splinter inside and cause internal injuries.

Caffeine  – Most of us enjoy a daily brew especially first thing on the morning  Please remember that teas and coffee are harmful to dogs so make sure the cups with the dregs at the end are out of reach of your new pup.

Chocolate – as humans we all love a bit of chocolate as it gives us that feel-good feeling b,ut please remember chocolate is toxic for dogs so make sure it is out of the way

X.ylitol – Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is dangerous to dogs.  Xylitol is found in packs of chewing gum which often get forgotten about and left lying around.

Our article on to Eat or Not to Eat is worth all dog owners reading

M.edications

Every year vets see a large amount f puppies being brought in due to getting hold of human medicines both prescribed and over the counter type.  After all hands up if you have some tablets that you take at night or first thing in the morning (even just herbal ones) sitting beside your bed on the table to remind you? Or maybe on a countertop that the dog could jump up and get?

As with children, when pet proofing your home i,t is important to keep these and pet medicines out of their reach in a secure draw or cabinet.  It is also a good idea to  keep them separate to avoid any mistakes which could be lethal.

House Plants

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Many people have plants around the house and so it is important to make sure these are out of reach of your curious puppy.  A large amount (if not all) household plants are harmful to dogs when digested.  Eg that vase of lilies on the living room table that Christmas cactus by the window or the aloe vera plant in the kitchen

It is important that you keep all house plants and flowers out of the reach of our puppy

Toilets

Toilets can spell disaster for dogs of all ages as they may see it as a big drinking bowl especially if they have run out of water and in fact, puppies have been known to jump right in!

The water itself is not dangerous ,but the cleaning chemicals that we pour down the bowel and add to the cistern to help prevent limescale and make it smell fresh are.  It is also important to make sure that cleaning materials and poisons are kept locked away.

Money, Money

Most of us have loose change from shopping that we keep in our pocket or just throw on the side.  It is important to make sure this change is kept out of the way as it is a major choking hazard.

Chewing is fun

It is a well-known fact that puppies like to chew anything and everything.  It is therefore important that you make sure that electrical cables are out of the way or in protected armour so they cannot chew through them.

Rubbish

Make sure your rubbish bin in the kitchen can be covered up and locked.  If the bin cannot be locked then place something heavy on top to keep the lid closed.  Ensure any loose rubbish bags are thrown straight into the bin.

Rubbish is very tempting to a young dog with a healthy appetite and can smell real good.  However, it is likely to contain potentially lethal items for your dog such as onion peelings, bones etc.

Batteries not included

Batteries are not remotely safe. most households have at least one remote control for the TV ,probably another control for the sky. cable box and others.  Along with remote controls, most households have  a car with a key fob that these devices should be picked up of the floor the coach or where ever else you had the and put on a shelf or draw well out of the dogs reach

Remote controls and key fobs all have small parts be chewed and swallowed, but a swallowed battery is even more dangerous because it can cause burns to the soft tissue inside your pet’s oesophagus on the way down. Disc batteries are especially dangerous!

Crates and a safe place

It is important to provide your dog with a safe space that they can go to when you are not around, doing the cleaning or it’s the firework season. A create can provide the perfect den and safe area ,especially if you cover the back part with a blanket and put his favourite toy in the create.  You may also want to investigate suitable crate safe water bowl.

If you are using a crate  then it important to make sure that the crate is big enough for them to have space to relax and move around in/  It is also important to ensure that the create is correctly assembled and secure as puppies can get injured by trying to escape from a badly put together crate – even worse if they do escape they could end up in a heap of trouble especially I you are out

Killer Mount Stairs

Stairs are like a mountain to a puppy and just like mountains they can cause serious injuries to your dog if they fall down them.   It is a really good idea to invest in a puppy gate or a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs so that they can only tackle them under close supervision to avoid injuries.

Doors and visitors

Puppies are a very curious and when the bell goes, and someone appears at the door it is a tie of excitement, after all, it’s a new visitor to sniff, and they may have food.  The open door also provides a chance to escape and explore.  I would recommend that your dog wears a harness indoors which you can attach a training line to and therefore make them easier to grab.

You may also like to read our other puppy related articles

 

If you’d like me to work with you as your dog walker I cover Finchley, Woodside Park and Muswell Hill and can be contacted on 077 077 6 33 44

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