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    How to Pet Proof Your Home

    As the weather gets colder and wetter, I have been keeping my dogs inside more often (they are those spoiled ones that get to sit on the couch with me)… which means that muddy paws are less desirable. If you’re like me and try to minimize the mess indoors as the outdoors gets muddier, you’ve probably noticed that your pups can get into all sorts of trouble when “cooped up”. Here are some tips from American Humane to “Pet Proof” your home and keep your furry friends safe:

    KITCHENS/BATHROOMS

    • Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets
    • Place medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies on high shelves
    • Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet
    • Check for and block any small spaces, nooks, or holes inside cabinets or behind washer/dryer units
    • Make sure your kitten hasn’t jumped into the dryer before you turn it on
    • Keep foods out of reach (even if the food isn’t harmful, the wrapper could be)
    • Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals

    LIVING/FAMILY ROOM

    • Place dangling wires from lamps, VCRs, televisions, stereos, and telephones out of reach
    • Put away children’s toys and games
    • Put away knick-knacks until your kitten has the coordination not to knock them over
    • Check all those places where your vacuum cleaner doesn’t fit, but your puppy or kitten does, for dangerous items, like string
    • Move common house plants that may be poisonous out of reach. Don’t forget hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces
    • Make sure all heating/air vents have covers
    • Put away all sewing and craft notions, especially thread

    GARAGE

    • Move all chemicals to high shelves or behind secure doors
    • Clean all antifreeze from the floor and driveway, as one taste can be lethal to animals
    • Bang on your car hood to ensure that your kitten (or any neighborhood cat) has not hidden in the engine for warmth
    • Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach

    BEDROOMS

    • Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed)
    • Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table)
    • Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing
    • Be careful that you don’t close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers

    And look out for paws, noses, and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs.

     

    A photo of my actual dogs, Happy Wednesday!

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