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Home Safety Guide For Pet Owners

by ActionLocal Aug 18, 2019

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Home Safety Guide For Pet Owners

We all can agree on the fact that we consider our pets a part of our family. So, it becomes vital that we take every preventive measure to ensure their safety in our homes. As a pet owners, people invest a big amount of money in buying food, toys, pet houses, and other things to give them a happy and fulfilling life inside four walls. So, here we will learn about some important things you should do to make the home safe for the pets.

 

Only in America, more than $50 billion is spent on pets in just one year. And this amount only covers food and health. You will be amazed to know that this amount is larger than the money humans spend on coffee or bottled water. But the thing is, just because you are providing food and healthcare to your pets, doesn't mean that they are safe. You might be looking over some things that can endanger your pet's life. As a result, we created this guide in order to help you understand the various health hazards present in a regular home. After reading this, you will be able to make positive changes in the household that can impact the safety and health of your pets. Let's start now!

 

1: Household Dangers for the Pets:

From razors to a simple piece of chocolate, there are lots of things that can harm a pet inside the house. If you toss old razor blades in the bathroom trash can, the pets can end up with serious cuts. And if you left chocolate on the kitchen shelf, then you will have to take a trip to the vet soon. The common household hazards for a pet include:

  • Insecticides

  • Batteries

  • Fertilizers and plant food

  • Prescriptions or over the counter medicines

  • Household cleaners and detergents

  • Rat poison and traps

  • Razors and sharp utensils

  • Exposed electrical chords

  • Mothballs, tobacco, kerosene, string, rubber bands, and floss

  • Or any other item which is indigestible and has a choking hazard

You need to get a hold of all these items otherwise you can end up with major issues. Some of these items are for everyday use, but you have to be careful to store them in a location where your pets can get access to them under any circumstances.

 

2: Food Safety for Pets:

Dogs are the most common pet for households. They often look at their owner with sweet, lovely and Dovey eyes when they are eating something. We give them food from our plate without even knowing if it is good or bad for them. And this is the biggest mistake you can make. It might seem natural to you, but a small ingredient in that food can actually cause a lot of problems. Animals don't have the ability to digest all kinds of food items like humans.

 

Some food items can cause sickness and might even lead to death if they are consumed frequently. Many items cause upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. So, you need to keep a list of the items that you should avoid giving to your pets.

  • Alcohol

  • Yeast dough

  • Grapes

  • Milk

  • Mushrooms

  • Chocolate

  • Raw meat or eggs

  • Salt

  • Molded or spoiled food

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Meat bones

  • Chewing gum or candy

  • Fat trimmings

  • Avocados

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Toothpaste

  • Garlic

  • Coffee

  • Onions, leeks, or chives

  • Food which is made for another pet

If you have a cat, you can't give them dog food and dogs can't eat cat food. It is as simple as that. If you have birds in your home, you might even have to take extra precautions as they have sensitivity to Teflon which is used in the non-stick utensils. Reptiles have a whole different set of allergies when it comes to food items. So, you better do your research on pets you want to adopt, to give them proper care.

 

3: Make Your Home Pet-Proof:

The thing about pet-proofing your home is that you have to do it according to your home and the pet. In order, to precisely get a more personalized idea, you have to talk to an expert. In the meantime, you can go through every room and eliminate the things that you think can harm the pets.

  • Kitchen: It is the most dangerous place for pets. There are sharp and edgy things and fire in the kitchen. So, the first thing you need to do is to keep everything in hindsight, even the trash can. Keep the stove, sharp knives, or indigestible food out of their reach. Don't forget to install an entry gate to prevent them from entering the kitchen at all.

  • Electrical Cords: From dogs to rabbits, most of the pets have a habit of putting everything in their mouth. Even a small section of the cords, which is broken or not insulated properly, can give a high voltage shock to the pets and they can get injured. So, you need to keep the wiring underground or seal/tape them on the walls so that they won't tantalize your dogs.

  • Choking Hazards: Many small items that we use like paper clips, pens, batteries, earrings, etc. can be harmful to pets. So, you need to check your living room or bedroom to ensure that you didn't place these things where they can be eaten by the pets. Keep them behind a door and out of their reach.

  • Antifreeze and Chemicals: Even the chemical that you use to clean the litter box for your pet can harm them. Chemicals in our cars, cleaning supplies, lawns fertilizers, and pesticides need to be stored away from the reach of our pets. Antifreeze can be fatal to our pets whereas others would make them sick. Still, you need to keep them in an enclosed area which is not accessible to the pets.

If we keep on going, the list of safety measures won't come to an end. So, it would be still better if you consult an expert and pet-proof your home in every possible way.