Poison-Proof Your Home To Make It Safe For Your Pooch

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Think your home is safe for pets? The Pet Poison Helpline regularly releases lists of pet poisons, and you’ll find that all the mentioned toxins are found right in the home – and they’re usually items you wouldn’t even consider as being dangerous to your pets! That’s a scary thought. Here’s how to make your living space a healthy and happy place for your furry friend.

Stash Bits And Bobs  

Look through your home for anything that could be potentially dangerous to dogs. Puppies and grown dogs love to chew on things, so you want to tie up your hair appliance wires and electrical cords, and keep them out of sight. Also hide batteries, coins, plastic bags, and anything else that can be chewed on or swallowed.

Keep Your Vanity Off Limits

There are many products in your makeup box that can be dangerous to dogs. Petroleum jelly is an example. It’s a laxative that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even aspiration pneumonia in pets if some of the sticky substance is inhaled or licked.

Items like hair mousse might smell appealing to dogs, but they can cause vomiting, coughing and lead to tissue damage. Makeup sponges are also dangerous. They might look like toys to your pooch, but if ingested could cause internal obstructions that require surgery.

Puppy-Proof Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is full of interesting smells and tastes that dogs will love to explore. But there are many hazards lurking there. Some human foods are toxic to dogs and should be kept out of reach, such as foods containing methylxanthines. This is a substance found in chocolate, coffee and caffeine, but it can cause serious health problems, such as seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.

Other food dangers include nuts, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, salty foods and xylitol. This sweetener can be even more dangerous to dogs than chocolate. As mentioned by National Geographic, it takes 10 pounds of chocolate to kill a 4.5 kilo dog, but only three pieces of xylitol gum.

Revamp Your Furniture

Small dogs love to jump up and off furniture – they actually do it up to 40 times every day! – but it can lead to injuries. If you can train them not to get onto furniture that will help, but it’s not always easy. A short-term solution is to place short steps or ramps next to furniture so that injuries are prevented, as these can rack up your veterinary bills by thousands of dollars. Be sure you have take out pet insurance in case the worst happens despite your best efforts.

Keep Fashion Out Of Reach

Make sure your dogs can’t get to your favorite fashion items as these can harm their health. Every year, hundreds of pets require surgery to remove small items of clothing and other objects from their intestines and stomachs, such as socks. The added danger is that these items won’t always show up on X-rays, so you have to be aware of any side-effects in your pet, such as loss of appetite, fever or vomiting.

Eliminate Toxic Greens

Your household plants might look gorgeous to you, but they could be poisonous to curious pets. Make sure you place them on high shelves or windowsills where they can’t be touched.

According to a guide from Rover, some of the most toxic plants include aloe vera, crassula ovata (Jade), philodendron, Epipremnum Aureum (Devil’s Ivy), Zamioculcas (ZZ plant), Caladium (Elephant’s Ear), and Dracaena Fragrans (Corn Plant).

Bringing a puppy into your home and life will bring you lots of joy, but make sure that your home is ready for one! Keep dangers out of reach to prevent injuries and illness from striking your pooch, so that your home is as much of a sanctuary for him as it is for you.

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