Pet Safety: How to Prevent Common House Accidents
When creating a home that is welcoming and comfortable for both you and your furry friends, it’s important to keep pet safety top of mind. Many household items that we take for granted can pose serious health hazards to our cats and dogs. Thankfully, with increased awareness of these risks and a little pre-planning, you can protect your pets from many common household accidents and injuries
To get you started, your friends at New Haven Pet Hospital have put together this room-by-room guide to pet safety:
Your kitchen may be the heart of your home, but unfortunately, it’s probably full of common pet toxins. When pet-proofing your kitchen, keep the following tips in mind:
- Be aware of foods that are off-limits for pets, and tell any guests (especially during the holidays) that sharing table scraps is not allowed.
- Use a garbage can with a secure lid.
- Follow the safe usage instructions on cleaning products and store them in a secure cabinet.
- Keep insecticides and rodenticides in places where your pets can never access them.
Your Family Room and Bedrooms
- Electrical cords can be tempting to chew on, so hide them (or tape them down) whenever possible.
- The ingestion of small objects is one of the leading causes of internal medicine emergencies. Keep your floors clear of shoelaces, jewelry, gift wrap ribbons, buttons, rubber bands, hair ties, and other easily ingestible items.
- To prevent older pets from getting injured when jumping up or down from your bed or couch, consider adding pet stairs so he can get up and down safely.
- It’s fun to decorate with houseplants. Just be sure to check out the list of toxic and non-toxic plants from the ASPCA.
- Both over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as vitamins and herbal supplements can be extremely toxic for pets. Pill bottles should be closed tightly and stored away from pets.
- Keep your toilet lid closed.
Keep all chemicals and potentially poisonous household supplies closed tightly and stored away from pets, including the following:
- Pesticides, herbicides
- Paints and solvents
Holidays and Special Occasions
When decking the halls, preparing a feast, or decorating for any special occasion, it’s easy to lose sight of your day-to-day pet safety measures. When celebrating any holiday or special event, be mindful of the following holiday hazards:
- Fatty, salty, and sugary treats are dietary no-nos.
- Holly and mistletoe are extremely toxic.
- Don’t let your pets chew on ribbons, tinsel, ornaments, or other decorations.
- When using lit candles, keep them out of your pet’s reach.
- Dispose of popped or deflated balloons promptly.
We understand that in spite of our best efforts, accidents happen. Our team is here to provide accurate diagnostics and treatment options to get your pets back on the road to better health. Please contact us at (260) 493-3739 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about pet-proofing your house.