10 Ways To Make Your Home Pet Friendly


A Guide To Pet-proofing Your Home

Help safeguard your beloved pets by making sure your house is not a death trap.  You make your home safe for the arrival of you baby, but have you thought of making it safe for your pets? Here are 10 ways to help you look at your home and how you can make it pet proof to make sure your animal companion have a happy safe stay:

Kitchen

Put away any sharp objects such as knifes and scissors that has blades that can cut your animals.  Best put away in drawers that are not easy to open. If your pet can open it, get some child proof locks from any baby store or even some supermarkets do stock them.

When cooking on the hob, try and use the back burners if you are not going to use all the burners.  If you do use all of them then close the kitchen door and restrict access until such time as the hob has cooled down and won’t present a risk of burn anymore. If you do not have a door that can close, you can install a door or put in a temporary obstacle.  How about fitting a baby gate?

Keep objects that can present a choking or strangling hazard off the floors and locked in drawers.  Things like mouse traps, strings, plastic bags and clips can cause severe injuries.

Don’t leave out foods that are poisonous to your pets.  Things like chocolate and raisins or even coffee can be fatal if digested in some amounts.

Bathroom

Keep your razors up high where it cannot be reached or knocked off.  If you pour a hot bath keep your pet out of the bathroom when you are not there.  Be mindful of any lit candles as it can set them on fire when knocked over and even burn down your whole house. Dental floss, medication and household cleaners such as bleach and even toilet spray should be put up in a safe place. Keep the lid of the toilet closed. Your pet can pick up germs licking the bowl!

Lounge

Keep a fire guard in front of the fire.  Many pets go to close to the fire in search of heat and end up burning themselves costing a trip to the vets. Keep the electrical socket points covered to stop your pet from the odd chance of licking it and getting electrocuted.  Make sure that all devices like lamps and tv’s have well insulated wires and that there are no open wires sticking out.  Hide and protect wires as much as possible to make sure they are not chewed on or chewed through.

Bedroom

Keep ties, clips, earrings, necklaces and pins out of reach.  Not only can it choke and cut your pets, but it can also be indigested and cause severe trauma and even death. Pick up shoes and socks if you have dogs that are prone to stealing and chewing your beloved things. Make sure there are no lose wires from electrical appliances such as bed lamps that your dog can get caught up and strangled in and eventually shocked.

Furniture

Pick durable rugs that are easily washed.  Ones with lots of little tassels are easily eaten and can cause an internal blockage. You can wrap special protective shields around the legs of your furniture if you have a puppy that is going through the teething stages or if you have a cat that wants to use your couch as a scratch post. Use throws and blankets to cover furniture if your pets tend to shed a lot.

Flooring

If you put in wood floors make sure the quality is good that it cannot pick up scratches easily and that it has a high durability for spills and stains. Some wood flooring soak up moisture easily and if your pet has a toilet accident it could even end up damaging the flooring all together.  If you put in carpet, make sure it is not a white or very light colour and of such a quality that it can be easily washed. There are stain resistant protectors that can be applied on carpets.  Do make sure it is not poisonous first. Tiled floors are resilient, and easily washed and maintained. It is cold to walk on in winter and cold areas but can be the best choice compared to other flooring options.

Windows

If you have low windows that your pet can easily jump out of, make sure that they are either kept closed or have bars in front.  It can be useful if you use it for an entry and exit point for a cat, but if you live near a busy road or have a garden that is not enclosed and your pet escapes through the window it can be disastrous.  Or if you have a low window on a double storey building or higher your pet can fall to his or her death.

Indoor plants

Be sure to pick plants that are safe for your animal if they ever happen to chew on it. Don’t use any pesticides that are dangerous to your pets and read the labels before you use any plant feed to make sure it is okay if accidentally ingested.

Outdoors

Fence your property to make sure your pets can’t escape and get lost or hit by passing traffic. Fit a gate that can be locked to secure your pets inside that they cannot be lured or stolen away from your house. Make sure there are no places where they can crawl or dig out and look for any hazard places like wood with nails protruding or poisonous plants like poison ivy.  Don’t use any pesticides that are harmful to your pets and make sure they are not around when you use any appropriate pesticides. Keep all garden tools including spades, rakes, lawnmowers and saws locked away securely.  Don’t leave their food outside for extended periods to make sure it does not become infected or pick up bacteria.

Pet’s Room

Bedding is material, usually organic, used by animals to support their bodies when resting or otherwise stationary.

It reduces pressure on skin, heat loss, and contamination by waste produced by an animal or those it shares living space with.

Common bedding materials used by companion species include

  • Shredded paper,
  • hay,
  • straw,
  • sawdust,
  • woodchip,
  • carpet,
  • blankets

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