They’re like furry extensions of family, and we treat them as such – between taking professional photos, going on grooming weekends, and feeding delectable foods, our pets are certainly a part of our lives.
You put a lot of work into keeping your home safe for your family, and doing the same for your pets is important too. But there are many more considerations to take care of when you’re pet-proofing your home. Besides making sure your smoke detectors are working, your locks are functional, and no chemicals are leaking into your home, you now need to look at the process from a four-legged perspective. Here are some tips for keeping your little loved ones as safe and happy as possible:
- Choking hazards aren’t just for kids
All packaging will warn you about any items included that could be a choking hazard for young children. But what they won’t do is warn you about any animals ingesting the pieces. The rule of thumb is that anything smaller than your fist can be dangerous for your pet, so keep an eye out for anything that falls under that umbrella. Plus, if you have multiple pets of varying sizes, keep in mind that one small pet’s toy can easily be a choking hazard to another, larger animal!
- Know what you’re planting
Few things can serve as many purposes as a simple potted plant – they clean the air, add pops of color, and can even improve moods. But they also look like a delicious treat to many pets, and some plants just aren’t meant to be eaten. A dog can get very sick by gnawing down on those leafy greens, so before you plant, look up what species of house plants are safe for a dog to get in to. Then again, it’s probably best to train your pet to not eat all your decorations in the first place!
- Make the trash as off-limits as possible
Besides the huge hassle that is your beloved pet knocking over your trash can and spilling the contents all over the kitchen, it can also be dangerous to your pet’s health. You throw away all kinds of foods, chemicals, packaging, and more, which makes the trash the last place you want your pet anywhere near. Attached a strong lid to the top of the trash can if possible, or put it in a cabinet that your pets can’t get into.