Bringing home a new pet is exciting. Having a loyal companion to keep you company and offer endless good times is a wonderful experience we think everyone should have.
At this point, though, do you feel like you’re truly ready to bring a pet home?
You may have purchased food, toys, and a pet bed. You may have even distributed pet chores amongst family members.
But what have you done to ensure the safety of both your new pet and the rest of your family?
This type of planning is referred to as pet proofing, and as any Buckhead vet will tell you – this is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure a long, healthy, wonderful life for your beloved pet.
Your Buckhead Vet Provides 5 Simple Steps to Pet Proof Your Home
It isn’t difficult to pet proof your home. It just takes some forethought and action.
Here are just a few steps we recommend to everyone who comes into our animal clinic.
1. Do Some Research on Your Plants
Did you know many of the plants we have around our homes to dress them up and make them feel homier can actually be toxic to animals?
We don’t really worry about this unless we have kids or plants. After all, we’re not likely to perform any taste tests on the plants.
But our pets don’t realize some of the tasty plants we have around the house can do them harm.
Simply Google a list of toxic plants for pets, or research each of your plants one-by-one. If you find some of the plants on your house are on the toxic/poisonous list, you can choose to get rid of or place in a pet-safe space within your home.
2. Keep Your Cleaning Products Locked Up
Pets are incredibly smart. They can be trained to do just about anything – from opening the fridge and grabbing a drink to turning on the television.
There are many times, though, when pets can figure things out for themselves. In other words – it doesn’t matter if you train them or not. If they want to get into a room, a drawer, or a cabinet, they’re going to figure out how to do it.
It might be best, therefore, to put your chemical cleaners out of reach (like on a high shelf in the garage).
Other options: try non-toxic cleaners or put child-proof locks on cabinets which contain harmful chemicals.
3. Purchase a Pet Proof Trash Can
A trash can is a treasure trove for pets. Ever curious, they’ll open the trash can or knock it over to explore the contents.
This leads to a major clean-up session for you and your family.
And not only is trash all over the floor pretty gross, it is potentially dangerous. The contents might contain items which are harmful to your pets.
4. Keep Wires and Electronic Devices Out of Reach
Again, pets love to play. They may see a cord and think it’s something to play with, thereby pulling a lamp onto the ground.
Or, sometimes, pets like to jump up on furniture and get as high as possible. In the process, they can knock over non-mounted flat screen TVs and other electronic devices.
Not only could these devices break, they can cause fires due to the electric spark or fall on your pet and injure them.
5. Make Sure Your Outdoor Space Is Safe
Before bringing your pet home, make sure your lattice-work and deck are safe. There should be no weak areas or holes where pets could fall through or get into but have a hard time getting out of. This includes the siding on your house and foundation access holes.
Keep Your Family and Your Pet Safe with Regular Visits to Your Local Vet
Keeping your pet and your family safe should be your number one priority when you bring a new pet home.
One of the best ways you can protect your pet is by taking it to your local vet for regular visits.
Every pet needs (and deserves) their very own veterinarian.
If you want to keep your pet – and your entire family – happy and healthy for years to come, make sure you bring them to your local vet office regularly.
Would you like even more health and safety tips for your pets? Contact us today to schedule your pet’s next visit with us. We’ll share more tips, tricks, and tools to keep your pets happy and healthy.