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Having a pup can often be described as caring for a small child. A small child who goes outside to do their business. It only makes sense that as you would protect a child, your dog certainly deserves the same. This means that you have to dog-proof your home.
Dog-proofing the house or apartment doesn’t mean that you’re only preventing your furniture and favorite shoes from being chewed on. It means that you are taking responsibility for your pet’s health and safety. The fact of the matter is if you aren’t vigilant, your cute pup will seize the opportunity to get into things that they are not supposed to. This includes nasty chemicals, small or sharp objects, and even trash. That’s why we’re going to share some simple tips to keep your dog safe from common household items and prevent accidents. Here are some steps that you can take to keep your fuzziest family member safe.
While baby gates are normally used to keep infants from running amok in the house, they are also a good way to keep your pets contained in a certain room. Baby gates work best for puppies in the house or if you know that your dog will not jump over the gate.
Pricing for the simplest wooden baby gate construction begins at $10 and moves up from there. Keep in mind that this type of gate will not stand up for very long against the playfulness and strength of a dog.
Another option to consider is a steel baby gate. Gates made from a steel construction start at $30. This type of gate combined with a little extra height will work out better to keep curious pups from exploring places they aren’t supposed to.
It goes without saying that any chemicals should be kept out of reach of both children and pets. So with this in mind, you’ll need to store any cleaners, insecticides, and air fresheners on a high shelf or cabinet where the dog can’t jump or climb up. This will help stop your dog from being exposed to toxic chemicals that could make them severely ill or in the worst case scenario kill them.
When it comes to pet injuries, many happen because a curious dog has left the safety of their home. Investing in a strong fence will keep your dog close to home and safe from oncoming traffic or other accidents.
If you are trying to stop mice or insects from invading your home, you might feel inclined to use a bait trap. While this is a convenient way to keep pest in check, the formulas used in these traps are highly toxic.
Rodenticides, for example, are common to control rodents. They contain anticoagulants that prevent blood from clotting, which is what kills mice and rats. Unfortunately, they are also responsible for over 100 pet deaths per year because curious cats and dogs eat the bait meant for the rodents.
So if you feel like you must use these traps make sure to create a barrier that prevents your dog from getting into these areas of the house. The other option is to use traps that are pet-friendly and do not contain poison.
Have you ever been in the middle of doing something mundane and notice that things are unusually quiet? You suspect that someone or something is doing something they are not supposed to. So you peek your head out to check on your dog and find that they are happily chewing on the wires to the TV.
Instead of getting upset, think about how you can prevent this from happening in the future. Covering wires with braided wire sleeves or tucking them under the carpet or furniture will help deter dogs who want to use them as a chew toy. Speaking of chew toys, it might be time to stock up on more.
Puppies are especially notorious for eating and chewing on everything in site. Picking up small things like toys, ties or plastic bits is the first step in preventing any choking accidents from occurring. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your dog from gnawing on anything lying around.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to eat delicious food scraps from the table. While most food won’t harm your pet, with the exception of adding some extra weight, there are a few things that need to be avoided at all costs.
Chocolate is known as one of the most poisonous foods for dogs. It takes only a few ounces to make dogs severely ill. For instance, half a pound of milk chocolate is enough to poison a 10lb dog. From there, one pound of chocolate can poison a 20lb dog. One of the best things that you can do is to keep it locked away in a drawer that your dog can’t get into. You can also consider upgrading your trash can to a dog-proof can that they cannot open.
One of the easiest ways to prevent accidents from happening is to keep doors closed. Many pet owners forget this very important thing before leaving the house. So barring having an especially clever pup, you can reduce the number of “oh no’s” and increase the number of “good boy’s” by making sure that your rooms are closed up.
By making a few small adjustments around the house, you can reduce the chances of your dog becoming injured or damaging your prized treasures. Ensuring that they are safe and sound when you are not at home will give you more time with your furriest family member. Remember that it’s your responsibility to care for your dog keep them safe from harm.