Our pets are as much a part of the family as our children, and as such, their safety and comfort is just as meaningful to us. As the weather becomes cooler,
pets and children will be spending more time indoors. With the holidays around the corner, people will be in and out and a lot of unaccustomed activity will be taking place. To make sure your house is a pet safe one, we’ve created a list of helpful tips to ensure everyone in the family, including your pets, is taken care of.
Your Dog’s Viewpoint
The first thing you’ll want to do is try to see your home from a dog’s point of view. Get down on your hands and knees and go crawling through your rooms. What do you see that would be fun and interesting to chew on/tear apart (remember, you’re being a dog)? Be sure to instill this thinking around beds, in the kitchen, and in the yard. Many animals think the best way to find out if something is edible is by trying to eat it. For a pet with this philosophy, twist ties, paper clips or toys with small parts become hazardous.
A House Full of Chew Toys
Another potential problem is electrical cords, which a puppy will nearly always test for snack potential. To protect your electronics and your dog, cord organizers are available from your local office supplies store. If your dog is still inclined to chew, you may need to use a repellant spray, such as bitter apple, to fend off chewing. One of the most effective methods is to redirect the dog with a chew toy.
The Other Water Bowl
While this particular tip is rather icky to contemplate, your dog doesn’t know the difference between a water bowl and a toilet. However, some cleaning chemicals are toxic if ingested. In consideration of that and of the Eeew! factor, keep the lid closed, and remind guests to do so too. With some determinedly thirsty dogs, you may have to use a pet gate or close the bathroom door.
Providing A Safe Area
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it may be easiest to provide a safe area for your pet. Dog gates ensure your pet is in a safe area while you’re baking, enjoying dinner, or have small children around. One of our favorite gates is the Richell Tension Mount Pet Gate, which is a sturdy, highly adjustable, walk-through gate.
For those needing a portable gate, the Gold Zinc Exercise Pen is unbeatable. Available in X-Small to X-Large sizing, this gate can fold up in case you need a gate for your travels.
Here at Pet Super Store, we want all of your seasons to be safe and healthy. If you have any tips, feel free to add them to our comments.
We will look forward to seeing you!