How to Pet-Proof Your Home?

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Pets are vulnerable to many hazards around the house. If you are bringing in a pet to your house, then you want to make sure that it is safe from all these dangers. Here is how you can pet-proof your home.

Kitchen

The food supplies and garbage in your kitchen can prove to be harmful for your pets. You want to make sure that chocolate, tea, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, garlic, coffee, avocado and rhubarb leaves are out of the reach of your pet. While we are on the subject of pet foods, you want to make sure that your pet is not fed scraps from the dinner table. The

nutritional

requirements of pets are very different from that of humans, and certain foods that are fatty or spicy on nature can cause health issues in your pet. Also, make sure that all your kitchen cabinets are secured close with latches, so your pet doesn't pry it open.

Bathroom

Make sure all toiletries and cleaning agents cannot be easily accessed by your pets. Store it carefully in your bathroom cabinet secured with a latch, so your pet does not get a chance to try out of any of these chemicals. Be sure to check your washing machine before you shut it's door close. Your pet may just decide to jump into it and take a nap. You also want to make sure that the toilet lid stays close at all times. Your pet may end up drinking toxic cleaning chemicals, or may even end up drowning if it's small.

Living room and bedroom

Make sure you put cords and wires of electronic devices out of reach of your pet. Young pets may have a tendency to chew on these wires. While you are on it, also clear out any other string, ribbon, thread and such objects. If consumed, they can cause damage to the intestinal tract. Put away crafts, toys and other knick-knacks which may be a choking hazard to pets. Air and heating device vents should be covered.

Garage, driveway and garden

Your garage and driveway may seem like harmless areas for your pets, but you never know when you puppy will come in contact with sharp tools or other objects or decide to taste the antifreeze. Be sure you keep all these tools and chemicals out of the reach of your pet. If you have sprinkled de-icing salt in your driveway, then make sure you do not let your pet out without boots. These salts can irritate its paws. If you pet does trot around without wearing any boots, make sure you wash its paws after. If your lawn is treated with pesticide, make sure you keep you pet off it. Keep your pets away from rhubarbs, rhododendrons and azalea.

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