7 Important Measures to Pet Proof Your Home
Did you know that approximately 60.2 million households in the United States have a dog and around 47.1 million have cat as pets? These facts come courtesy the National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
Americans are also not leaving a stone unturned in ensuring their pets are protected and taken care of quite well. In fact, as much as $60.59 billion was spent on pets in 2015, which was a 25% hike from the number recorded in 2010, according to the APPA. While Americans are willing to spend on pet care and safety, it is perhaps the awareness that is lacking on the available solutions.
I say it from experience that pet proofing the home has to be a top priority for pet owners, especially those who have to deal with inquisitive pups and kittens, who are at risk of getting injured in an unsafe environment. Here is what you can do.
Preventive Measures for Pet Protection
1.Remove toxic plants — If you are about to welcome a new pet in your home, you must survey the surroundings from a new perspective. Is there a toxic plant in your home, such as azalea or philodendron, that could harm the pet? If yes, you must either move these to a different place that is hard to reach or have them replaced with non-toxic plants.
2.Limit access to dangerous areas — Giving a free run to your pets inside the home is not a good idea. They risk getting injured around stairs, electrical equipment, fireplaces, etc., as has happened with one of my Beagles quite recently. You must aim to restrict the access of puppies to just one section of your home, something that can be achieved quite easily using pet safety gates, as per an expert at The Stair Barrier, while adding that although they grow much faster than human beings, puppies are as inquisitive as toddlers.
3.Furniture can cause injuries too — The fact that pups and kittens are curious by nature makes them quite vulnerable around modern day furniture items as well. So, you need to exercise caution, especially if you have an open recliner or a sofa-cum-bed, since these can be potential traps for your pets.
4.Prevent access to the kitchen area — Barricading the kitchen area is very important, since any food item not meant for pets or even the packaging can cause damage to them, if consumed. You must also keep the trash cans covered at all times, preferably using a latched cabinet.
5.Restrict access to the bathroom — Another area that should always remain out of bounds for a pet has to be the bathroom. Razors, soaps, shampoos, floor cleaners, etc., can all cause serious harm, if ingested.
6.Keep medications out of reach — One of the most common forms of poisoning among pets is through human medication. It is, therefore, important to secure all your medicines away from the reach of your pets.
7.Safety around the garage area — Quite often, the garage is where a lot of people tend to store oil, gasoline, batteries and other chemical-based cleaners that go into the upkeep of their vehicles. You must be extra watchful while taking your pets to the garage.
Setting limits and boundaries, and constantly reinforcing them with your pets, through pet training, is an important part of ensuring that no harm comes to your pets. As a pet owner, it is extremely important to try and not leave the pup or kitten unsupervised because of the potential dangers that they can get encounter.